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Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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Hello N4M Members!
I don’t often start threads and put them on the top of the page like this but it’s important and I need everyone to read it. We’ll be enforcing some new rules starting today per direction of the Navy. No need to get upset or panic… okay? I like to call this the growing pains of getting bigger and needing to become a bit stricter about a few things.

1. So, Navy saw it as a breach of security on N4M’s when members were telling other members how to bend and break the rules (IE get into PIR w/o a parking pass). Thus, any tricks like that can’t be talked about. We don’t want to jeopardize the safety of our recruits. This also includes, “I have more than 4 people that want to attend PIR”. If we see that question- the response should be something like:
“Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL is the homeport for all Navy recruit training. If you have specific questions regarding Boot Camp, Pass-in-Review (graduation) or a recruit, please visit http://www1.netc.navy.mil/nstc/rtcgl/family/index.html. If you cannot find the answer there, please phone RTC Public Affairs on 847-688-2405 or email on rtc.pao@navy.mil.”

2. Sailor last names are not allowed to be posted. We know in this day and age, that often your children have different last names than you. So, it’s up to you on if you want your last name on here or not, but the Navy is telling us- Do not post sailors last name. You can say my son’s name is John. Just not John Smith.
For people that want to now change their user name... you can find out how to do it here.

3. Remove physical addresses of sailors. (Exception to the rule is FPO address).
It’s not necessarily that our sailors don’t want to be contacted by our sweet Navy Members…it’s more that we have to be sensitive to their privacy. Even if you wanted to post your sailor’s address or your sailor’s friends address, please don’t.

4. Please do not post any names/numbers of the RTC Staff.

So, obviously- easy quick changes on your end. Please go through your profiles, posts, photos, groups, events and videos to make sure the above is deleted and/or edited out. Obviously, I’ll be going through and deleting things as well but it’s helpful if you look over your own stuff.

Thank you for reading this and editing/deleting any of your comments in advance.

Elle

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Thanks for the information, I will check to make sure I didn't list last name. I must admit I was a little stunned to read that some folks were trying to sneek around the rules for PIR. I guess as an air force daughter of a retired Lt. Col, I learned the rules early. Military rules are there for a reason. I am suprised that parents of these children would set such an example.
Momma T.L:

IMHO: think a lot of of it was done in innocence. IE: Getting more than 4 people at PIR- so that the whole family can celebrate.

CC
the four guest rule has not been enforced since I don't know when. I have met members on this site that go way back to pir dates befor and directly after 9-11 and the guest list was not being enforced even in those high security times. The only difference now, is that it was talked about so that regular people (ie non-military) knew that they were letting everyone in, instead of just Navy familys in-the-know.
I'm wondering about that A School too, Catherine. Are we allowed to say where they are going to school, and what level they are in?
My response on the last page:
Debbie- if they are on a tour, no. If they are in A School for the next 6 months- probably okay. It's like saying Bill is at Harvard. We all know where Harvard is. That is is public information.

If you want to talk about level, power? It comes down to what you are comfortable with sharing.

Sincerely, CC
Makes sense to me. Thanks.
So glad to have a "mother page" to help us keep in the boundaries. Some folks don't see the potential outcomes, or go without thinking them out. Any of us can make a mistake, and glad we are friends enough to help each other out who didn't know any better. GREAT CATCH ya'all! :0}
Thank You Catherine!
for the information, and everything you've done
The last thing I would ever want to do is endanger our sailors. Let me know if I have goofed up. And, thanks, Catherine, for all your hard work on this site.
-melanie
Hehe. Okay, will do.
AYE AYE MAM.....this sailor mom hears you loud and clear and Loves ya too!!!!!!
Thank you Catherine, for the information. I have already done changes. I am sorry for not following the rules. The rules are there for our sailors safety.

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