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« on: Feb 23, 2008, 08:47 »
Well, my little grasshopper (love that term of endearment...may I adopt it?.. saw it posted by someone ) is graduating ET school next week!  Then, home for a 10 day visit. Said he would have done the recruiter assistant thing for the extra five days of EL but Power School classes up within days of his return to Goose Swamp.  Onward!  I enjoy the forum.  You all keep me connected to him in an off beat sort of way. :)

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Re: progresss report from this VPNM
« Reply #1 on: Feb 23, 2008, 09:37 »
Congrats to you and him.... :)
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 23, 2008, 09:47 »
Congratulations! Tell him to relax on his time off... but don't get in trouble. :)

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« Reply #3 on: Feb 25, 2008, 03:59 »
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 27, 2008, 08:41 »
Hey, thanks everyone.  Overall GPA 3.46 and 4th in his class of 15. Said he was on VOL 10's most of the time. OK, I'm done being the VPNM.  You'll get another progress report midway thru Power School. :) :) :)    Kathy

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« Reply #5 on: Feb 27, 2008, 10:01 »
Good luck to your Grasshopper he seems to be on track and self motivated, I'm sure your next report will be a good one too.

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« Reply #6 on: Jun 04, 2008, 08:51 »
Well, he's halfway thru Power School and I'm back with the  progress report.  He's alive and kicking!  He stands 61 in his class of 286, on voluntary study hours since he started.
He's still in his A school room and has a room mate who seems a little intimidated sharing quarters with an E-4.  (In the last care package I included and extra package of beef jerky for his room mate.....maybe that will help). He wont tell me if he likes the Navy way of life.  "I dont want to say until I get out in the fleet". I wanted to add  √ľntil you're out in the fleet and fully qualified". (learned that from this forum!!)                                                                                                         Kathy VPNM

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« Reply #7 on: Jun 04, 2008, 09:13 »
Karma to him, through mom! Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders, and humility!

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« Reply #8 on: Jun 04, 2008, 11:37 »
Yes bravo to him, tell him to keep up the good work.  Just hope that he doesn't fall into the pitfall that gets a lot of high GPA students(myself most deffinitely included) in that in NPS they force feed you all the info you need and all you really gotta do is absorb it and spit it back out.  At Prototype you have to go looking for it(took me a little while to grasp that concept). Good luck to him and fair winds.
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« Reply #9 on: Aug 19, 2008, 06:19 »
So here's an update: My ET just phoned home .......he passed his comps!! ( :) to the nth degree!)  And his comp final score was 90%.  His class  had a deal with their Chief.  If they all passed he would shave off his bushy mustache.  Well, that Chief better find a sharp razor.......everyone in his class passed!  Kathy, VPNM

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« Reply #10 on: Aug 20, 2008, 03:29 »
So here's an update: My ET just phoned home .......he passed his comps!! ( :) to the nth degree!)  And his comp final score was 90%.  His class  had a deal with their Chief.  If they all passed he would shave off his bushy mustache.  Well, that Chief better find a sharp razor.......everyone in his class passed!  Kathy, VPNM

Very, very well done!!!

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« Reply #11 on: Feb 09, 2009, 01:00 »
He passed his oral boards yesterday!  Does he now have the official ET Nuke NEC?  Is it time for me to promote myself from VPNM to VPNNM (VeryProudNavyNukeMom)?  I'm ready for all your comments/advice about NUB status. Let the fun and games begin!  ;D
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« Reply #12 on: Feb 09, 2009, 01:15 »
He passed his oral boards yesterday!  Does he now have the official ET Nuke NEC?  Is it time for me to promote myself from VPNM to VPNNM (VeryProudNavyNukeMom)?  I'm ready for all your comments/advice about NUB status. Let the fun and games begin!  ;D
Kathy,VPNM

I could be wrong on this, but I don't believe he "officially" has his NEC until his graduation ceremony and he has orders in hand to report to his next duty station as NEC ####.  Reason I say this is that I have heard of people passing their final boards, going out and doing something stupid, and getting dropped from the program.  Doesn't happen very often, but it has happened.  Whether that is being "denuked" and loosing his NEC or never getting it in the first place is a matter of symantics. 

So in answer to your question, I would hold off until he goes through his graduation ceremony(neat time to get him some kind of gift, if he is going surface I recommend some Little Mermaid arm floaties as a gag gift).  If you want some wonderful NUB stories, well there are many threads with bits and pieces of NUB-ly advice in them.
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Re: progresss report from this VPNM
« Reply #13 on: Feb 09, 2009, 08:51 »
He passed his oral boards yesterday!  Does he now have the official ET Nuke NEC?  Is it time for me to promote myself from VPNM to VPNNM (VeryProudNavyNukeMom)?  I'm ready for all your comments/advice about NUB status. Let the fun and games begin!  ;D
Kathy,VPNM

By all means, move up to VPNNM!  Your son has completed everything to earn his NEC - now it's just a paperwork drill to get everybody at BUPERS and DFAS (and a million other acronyms) up to speed "officially" on your son's status.

Regardless of anything else, he has earned his NEC.  Congratulations!!!  :) :) :)

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« Reply #14 on: Feb 09, 2009, 09:02 »
Congratulations!!! Happy to call him a nuke!

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Re: progresss report from this VPNM
« Reply #15 on: Jun 20, 2009, 12:11 »
Progress Report, star date 0723.5 (if my star date calculation is right, that's 1 week shy of  2 years active duty).
 
He reported aboard his ship 2 months ago and is doing the NUB thing.....painting his heart out. Along with this, for right now anyway, he's on day shift, weekends off, and no duty.  Hey, wait a minute, that's a better work schedule than mine!!  Passed the E5 exam but was not advanced because his NEC was missing.   (either he does not yet have a NEC or it wasnt available to advance him....I'm not clear on that).  He and his NUB buddies took the exam one month late (wow ;D, how did that happen!!).  They all passed, none advanced.   The same NEC problem.  Did something fall thru the cracks or is this just because the Navy is a big slow machine?  All in all he is doing well, rates his contentment 6 on the 1-10 scale. 

Kathy VPNNM

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« Reply #16 on: Jun 20, 2009, 12:24 »
 The same NEC problem.  Did something fall thru the cracks or is this just because the Navy is a big slow machine? 

Should have been fixed long ago... I'd call your Congressperson , or even better if your state has a Representative on the House Armed Services Committee http://armedservices.house.gov/list_of_members.shtml  with the details , and let them know.

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« Reply #17 on: Jun 20, 2009, 01:19 »
Passing the exam does not mean you will be advanced.  There are 3 things that can happen with an advancement exam: Fail, Pass not Advanced (PNA), or passed and advanced.  Basically, there are a certain number of people who can be advanced, so the people with the highest point totals, taking into account score on the test, awards received, how many exams you have previously PNA'd, and performance evaluation score will be advanced.  I would not worry about only getting PNA on a first E-5 exam, as many of the E-5 slots are taken by people who STAR reenlist.  During my time on my boat I knew several smart people who took several test attempts to advance.  If he was scheduled and took the nuke version of his rate's advancement exam, his NEC is likely fine, but if he is in doubt he could check with the appropriate admin types on his ship to verify he has the correct NEC.

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« Reply #18 on: Jun 20, 2009, 01:33 »
Should have been fixed long ago... I'd call your Congressperson , or even better if your state has a Representative on the House Armed Services Committee http://armedservices.house.gov/list_of_members.shtml  with the details , and let them know.

Whoa, whoa there cowboy let's not go to congress quite yet for our stimulus. VPNNM, if you get politicians involved over something of this minor nature then you will bring nothing but pain down on the ships Captain, the Reactor department head and unfortunately the Sailor himself (not suppose to happen like that but it does). Your son could not have taken the Electronics Technician (surface nuke) test without having the 3383 NEC (unless something has changed in the 6 months I have been out). He probably PNA'd the exam (pass not advanced) which means he achieved a passing grade but not one high enough as the predefined cutoff established by bupers for that exam cycle. I would be glad to check up on him through "unofficial" channels so as not to alter his current status of flying low under the radar which is where he needs to be at this stage in his career. If you want me to do so PM me his name and ship and I will take care of it. Not promising anything but I will try.
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« Reply #19 on: Jun 20, 2009, 01:39 »
She said several guys don't have their NEC. IS that just a lone yeoman not getting it done, or maybe a problem at NMPC?

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« Reply #20 on: Jun 20, 2009, 06:01 »
Thanks for the responses.  Appreciate the help offered, Harley Rider, but I am just the "wanna know" mom.   He is an adult, in charge of his own life now, and needs to continue to pursue this on his own.  :)  He has not asked for advice and if he does, I would just tell him to work through his chain of command, being persistent without being a pest or whiner.  He knows he has to lay low being a NUB so it probably is taking some finesse to correct what he thinks is amiss.  I personally think it is more likely that he PNA'd due to being below the cutoff in total points. 
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« Reply #21 on: Jun 20, 2009, 06:31 »
Thanks for the responses.  Appreciate the help offered, Harley Rider, but I am just the "wanna know" mom.   He is an adult, in charge of his own life now, and needs to continue to pursue this on his own.  :)  He has not asked for advice and if he does, I would just tell him to work through his chain of command, being persistent without being a pest or whiner.  He knows he has to lay low being a NUB so it probably is taking some finesse to correct what he thinks is amiss.  I personally think it is more likely that he PNA'd due to being below the cutoff in total points. 
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« Reply #22 on: Jun 21, 2009, 11:52 »
Belated Bravo Zulu and congratulations.  I didn't see this thread until this morning.  My son graduated the Nuke pipeline 9/08 (ET).  If memory serves I've seen you on the navy-parents website.  Was your son in Ballston Spa? 

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« Reply #23 on: Feb 26, 2011, 06:40 »
Another update from this VPNNM.....my ET2 just qualified RO!
Kathy, VPNNM

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« Reply #24 on: Feb 26, 2011, 10:26 »
Another update from this VPNNM.....my ET2 just qualified RO!
Kathy, VPNNM

You should, rightly so, be proud.  Fantastic from a former MM2/SS.


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« Reply #25 on: Feb 26, 2011, 11:21 »
Congratulations!

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« Reply #26 on: Feb 27, 2011, 09:26 »
Congratulations  +K to your son Kathy.  You have every reason to be very proud.

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« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2013, 09:11 »
Well, time for my last progress report . Today is my ET's first day of terminal leave.  Wow, where did the time go?!!  No real complaints from him during these
last six years........he just quietly did his Navy job and did it well.  Lots of good  things happened......discharged as E6 (one of his goals)..........experienced different cultures at numerous foreign ports of call......earned the honor of becoming a ShellBack......received the NAM..... married a young lady he'd known since highschool.....made some lifetime friendships with folk from all parts of the USA.

His plans:  Take the summer off!  He and his wife will take a road trip from the east coast (Navy home port) to the west coast (where they both grew up).....she starts her teaching career this fall at the highschool they they both graduated from.  He is enrolling in my alma mater (Oregon State University) for an engineering degree.  It will be good to see him more often.  He is still that wonderful human being that the Navy borrowed 6 years ago. The Navy Nuke experience was (in my opinion) a good thing for him, but the military is just not his cup of tea.  Not sure I would encourage him  to join the active reserves.....dont think he would want to anyway!

To all of you current and former military, thanks for your service.
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« Reply #28 on: May 31, 2013, 09:38 »
Good story, been following it since you first came to these parts,...

The good stories always have little if any drama, just good people doing a good job and earning good things,...

Military not his cup of tea?!?!?!?

Well, at least he's part of a very big club,...

Tell him thank you for his service from everybody here worth a dam when he gets around to calling his mom again,...

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« Reply #29 on: Jun 01, 2013, 01:11 »
On average, the Navy isn't most sane people's cup of tea, so feather in his cap for getting out and enjoying life!

 


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