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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 If you cannot find the answer there, please phone RTC Public Affairs on 847-688-2405 or email on”

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.


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Hi Catherine,
Thanks for that, at first I had put my son's last name on the profile (maybe you can put "first name" in bold letters?? )Just a suggestion. I then figured out how to change it. Thanks again for keeping us up to date. I have a co-worker that just enlisted and gave her this site, hopefully she'll use it?
Thanks and take care, Good Job
Good suggestion. I will work on that now. CC
Oh thanks for catching these details. I was concerned that it might be a problem if too much personal information made it to the board. It's a very nice website and thank you for organizing this for us.
Very good info here. Glad I stopped by this morning! Thank you all!
Thanks for sending this. It is very important that we do our part in keeping our sailors and other service personnel safe. You never know who is out there in cyber-space that can pick this up. God bless to all and thanks for keeping us informed.
WOW CC did you open up a can of worms on this thread ~ LOL LOL LOL LOL
Poor Girl !!!
Sorry just had to say that ~~~
"sailor’s fiends address" Oh my gosh! I hope my sailor doesn't have a "fiend"!

You already have a full time job and you are excellent at it. Have they hired someone to help you yet? Have you seen the numbers? WOW! Maybe you would be a good case study for cloning. Who else could do this as well as you?
LynnDear- Some of my team members are helping me out on certain aspects of what I do. They aren't logged on as them- they are logged on as me. It's been a huge weight off my chest- but there is still much work to do. :) The numbers... yes. Ditto on the WOW! :)
So are THEY to blame for the mispellings?hehe Just kidding. Just so they know that you are always diplomatic, informative and polite. If they can mimic that, we may not know the difference.
No, it's just my silly errors. I realize I've been going to fast- I'll slow it down and read things twice more often. CC
glad you got a team now CC. :)
so when I pm you grumpy and irrated, have them read it. When it is my omg did you read that- awsome-good job. That is for you. :)
Seriously though, all and all, considering the growth of the site in less then a year, you, team members and the tech have been wonderfull. I even met a couple of great gals from the ning tech. All sites have growing pains, and ours have been little pains along the way.

I nominate someplace warm for our first year aniversary!

I am looking foward to the specific guidlines in relation to opsec and other security when the team gets around to it.



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