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US Navy unforgettable experiences of Naval Aviation - Part II

Updated on October 14, 2013

Duty Stations

When a Naval recruit finishes his required training he is immediately given official US Military orders, which is something that's non negotiable. This means that each recruit must report to their designated destination for a specific course of time allotted, or detailed into their orders, which is a legally binding document that states exactly the time, place, mode of travel, & physical position this recruit needs to show up at. If for some odd reason the new recruit decides not to show, this is grounds for military judicial discipline and is considered Unauthorized Absence (Desertion) or AWOL.

Note: Make sure to get where you need to be, when you need to be there on time, if your planning to join, have joined, or are due to be on your way to your very first duty station.

Most Military orders require a great deal of travel, especially if the recruit gets stationed over seas, so this will also require a great deal of preparation for travel expenses as well as attaining the right information for airline ticketing & or an other means of transport which is generally handled by a personnel department on the military base they are currently residing on, usually at their training command.

What it takes to make your military move

This takes knowledge and work of the recruit to place particular functional things into action prior to leaving for this new Duty Station, no matter where on the planet their orders directs them to be, this includes having all records at hand and completely accurate & up to date. For

example: Your medical & dental records since boot camp & through out your training schools must be completely up to date, prior to leaving any base for transition to another military base location on official military orders. Housing documents and other family travel expenses will come in another hub, an is going to occur after you reach your first duty station, which each recruit is responsible for establishing once they arrive.

Knowledge you should be armed with before getting to boot camp

This prior knowledge for some people comes at a surprise to them, and due to the fact that not everyone has the same attention span. If the recruit for odd some reason happened to miss the info which was passed down from their leaders in the training command, and if they don't act soon enough could even miss a flight out, or worse.

So keep in mind prior to joining any active duty military activity, if your a recruit or civilian interested in becoming a military member that after boot camp, & after attending any Military training schools.

You must be attentive & active in getting from one destination to the next, or you may find yourself in a world of trouble. Preparing things ahead of time is definitely the way to go in terms of most things military related, because there's a great deal of paper work that goes into it all, processing your military records usually takes a great deal of time and organized active monitoring throughout your entire career there.

These first steps into understanding how the paper work, travel and personnel system works in the US Military will make all the difference there as you go from one experience to the next.

Arrival at my First Duty Station- NAS JRB Willow Grove '1999'

My very first Duty Station lasted a whole 3 years from around Oct 1999 till Oct 2002, so I have a great deal to express about it all, but I will not bore you into each and every moment of occurrence there, and even though I'm allowed to share most experiences there, due to the distinctive nature of my job. I can share with everyone a brief overview of things overall that I've experienced there, but will not discuss the exacts of specific job functions, because much of that info is classified.

NAS JRB Willow Grove, was the military base location on my orders after completing my A-school, you can refer back to my first hub on this topic of military training. (Part I) NAS actually stands for Naval Air Station, & JRB stands for Joint Reserve Base. I found out very fast that the US Military, & especially the Navy is all about acronyms. The funny thing is when I was in my training school, and spoke with the training instructors, no one there seemed to know where "Willow Grove" was or ever heard of it before. Well it happens that if you google it, its actually a very small town in Pennsylvania, or specifically Bucks County.

I was very close to becoming a Navy Rescue swimmer

Dream Sheet

This dream sheet gets turned in to what is called the Detailer who is a person in charge of writing up the Military orders. My choices were places like Sandiago California, Japan, Australia,Texas, and a few others. I chose a place close to home for obvious reasons, but it was a blessing to actually be sent there. "I'll tell why in part III."

In my case I guess I was blessed to land in a dream location, which was right next to home for me, so as soon as I got onto the Willow Grove Base I went straight home for the very first time, since bootcamp. Many recruits think after bootcamp they would simply get a chance to go back home, but that's just not the case at all, it had to be about a year and 2 months or so until I finally got a chance to see my family again, and I was trilled.

Getting Started

Starting out in NAS JRB Willow Grove was something of a blessing for me actually, because my official city & state of residence was New York City. NY. My official home town was about 1 hour and half away, making for travel back and fourth home throughout the years very convenient, unlike many of my peers having long distances to travel.

What's the chances of that right, when the selection process of Military orders is pretty much random, well actually I got to pick the location I first got stationed at, which was also known as the dream sheet.

This happens for some fortunate recruits looking to go to particular places on the globe & if they're up for orders with good scores in they're training school, they may get a chance to dream up the location they desire, by writing it onto some sheet of paper which list available locations to choose from worldwide.

Part III

Coming soon! Part three & my very first day at US Navy work.

  • Checking in to my new Command
  • The Life on Base
  • On Base Sports & Recreation.


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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @helmutbiscut wow! I some how missed this comment of yours, thanks anyhow and I do indeed appreciate that you took the time to read up on it all.

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      helmutbiscut 6 years ago from Ohio

      Very interesting. Thank you so much for your service to our country! I truly appreciate your dedication and sacrifice.

      Great hubs. I look forward to reading more.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks FemmeFlashpoint

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      femmeflashpoint 6 years ago


      I'm still following this, and enjoying the journey.

      Looking forward to Part III!