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    Following in his father’s wake - recruiter's son joins the Navy

    Recruiter's son enlists in the Navy

    Photo By Chief Petty Officer Diana Quinlan | 230427-N-WF272-2037 CLAYTON, Del. (April 27, 2023) Hull Maintenance Technician 1st...... read more read more

    DOVER, Del. - His military bearing is on par with any active duty service member, but this 17-year-old has yet to ship out to the U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in Illinois. Daniel Savage grew up in the Navy - his father, Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Vincent Savage, a native of Smyrna, Del., assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group Philadelphia, has been in the service for 15 years and teaches everything he knows to his son.

    Growing up as a military child can be difficult; constant moves to new locations, going to new schools, and making new friends can be tough on young, impressionable minds, but Daniel has embraced the lifestyle and now is looking forward to having adventures of his own in the Navy.

    “I want to follow in my dad’s footsteps,” shared Daniel. “I was considering going to college, but then I would have to get a good enough job to be able to pay off the college. I’d rather join the military, defend and support my country and its people, and receive education while doing it - that seems like a wiser decision.”

    A year prior to graduating the First State Military Academy (FSMA), and with his mind set on the Navy, Daniel was open to take any job in the service, but his interests lie in eventually working with government entities such as the FBI so it was a great fit when he was offered the Cryptologic Technician (Collection) rate.

    “He always wanted to be in the military, CIA, or FBI, so hopefully this will give him the tools on his journey to fulfill his dreams,” said Mrs. Sabrina Savage, Daniel’s mom. “As a parent, what more can you wish for your child than to have the opportunity to see the world, learn new things, experience other cultures, to grow, mature, and even to follow a family legacy? As a mom, of course it's always scary to see your child leave, but at the same time, this is all he ever wanted to do. Ever since he was old enough to walk, or since he was old enough to understand what it was about, he's been set on it. So I'm happy to see my child follow through on his dream, and I'm proud to be there to support him.”

    Reflecting on his own decision to join and how the Navy has shaped him over the years, HT1 Savage added that the service and a high-responsibility job will help his son mature and gain a great network of supporters and mentors who will help Daniel reach any goals he sets for himself.

    “I would like to make the Navy my career and serve until retirement, maybe followed by another government job, or owning a business. That’s my dad’s goal too, and I think that’s what I would like to do in my future,” shared Daniel. “I want to go to the fleet, to travel, use educational benefits to earn degrees while in the Navy, and, like dad, volunteer in the community or local American Legion.”

    As Daniel’s departure date for boot camp approaches in July of 2023, his excitement only grows. Attending Delayed Entry Program’s meetings, he watches his father and other recruiters prepare future Sailors for the Navy, instilling discipline, training in basic military knowledge, and preparing for physical training - Daniel pushes himself to be the best in each discipline.

    “I am glad that it’s something that he wants to do, to do something constructive with his life and not waste time,” said HT1 Savage, and Mrs. Savage echoed: “We see a lot of our friends in our hometown, wishing that they’ve done something different with their lives. So we want for our son the chance to experience life and make it memorable. We couldn’t be happier knowing that he is doing what he wants to do.”

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    Date Taken: 05.04.2023
    Date Posted: 05.14.2023 18:27
    Story ID: 444704
    Location: DOVER, DE, US 
    Hometown: SMYRNA, DE, US

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