Military ways can be enigmatic, resulting in an alien world where acronyms often replace words and where 1330 is a time of day. Add to that, the Navy is not only military, it is nautical, which adds centuries of sea-going terminology and practices to the confusion. While the young men and women who sign on to become Sailors in the United States Navy receive extensive indoctrination and training, their parents do not. As their sons and daughters are becoming uniformed , the parents remain uninformed. This book is both a translation manual and a cultural guide to their son's or daughter's chosen new world. Alongside chapters covering uniforms, ranks, ships, and aircraft, are explanations and guidance as to what to expect when their child first joins the Navy, the many benefits their Sailor will enjoy, and what families should bring and do when visiting their s\Sailors in their new and somewhat alien world. Designed to be an easy read as well as a useful reference work, The Parent's Guide to the U.S. Navy is essential reading for those parents whose children have chosen to go down to the sea in ships.