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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Last discussion was a long time ago. Lets wake this group up!

Hi CTI Moms! My daughter is in boot camp now and will be going to DLI after graduation. I look forward to hearing from y'all and experiencing CTI Mom advice and experiences. This is going to be a grand adventure for my daughter and I am so proud!!

I know CTI is a very small job rating compared to other Navy jobs.But I hope we can keep this group alive for the few of us!

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Kelli, welcome to the Navy family. Join all the groups you can and lean on the moms for those frustrating times. CTI is a very challenging rating. Your soon to be sailor son will enjoy Monterey. Make memories and congratulations on the high scores.
My daughter did the same thing. She was actually in as Full Time Reservist in their IT position, which was a whole different thing than Regular Navy. Her karate instructor was the one who suggest CTI (even though I had totally suggested it when she first went to dep and she never listened to me - lol).

I hate her being so far away but California is beautiful. Since you're son will be there for a while (probably 18 months if it scored real well cause they will push him to pick a category 4 language), you should consider planning a family vacation.

It was a world of difference when my daughter finally embraced her CTI role. It was like I could finally see this was what she was meant to do. Mind you, she's older. I don't know how any mom does it with a kid right out of high school. Her brother is graduating high school this year and I know I'd be out of my mind with worry if he'd planned to go into military now.

Stick with this site. I didn't find it until my daughter started boot camp but it really did help.

There are a lot of us here that come out of retirement when needed.  Congrats on your recruit!

Monterey is a  great place to be a new sailor.  Just let her know that she will need to study about 20 hours a day, lol!  But seriously, it's a hard rate to get through the schooling but it can be done!

My husband just graduated from boot camp and was sent to Monterey. CA.. He has his language but not sure if I can mention it or not. As his wife will I be joining him shortly or am I staying where I currently live?

Hello Bella you are correct there is not a lot of activity here. At first I was disappointed but there is one big reason. OPSEC (operations security) Your son is entering into a wonderful group of seamen. First boot camp has everyone equal but doing beyond their personal best. Next is DLI where he will be challenged to beyond excellence. You as the Mom have the job to pray, be the listening ear in the good and bad and to be the encourager. Then there is that DLPT to determine if he can do the job and of course security clearance. Once he gets beyond all that there is more training to do his job. Then he can’t share with you. Conversations become what are you doing on your off time. Come here and ask questions as he gets past boot camp. While in boot camp join his PIR group. You will enjoy that activity.
My CTI has been in the Navy a little over 2 years and enjoys her job. Good luck to you and your son.

My stepson graduates bootcamp 12/15 and will be going in to CTI.  Lots for us to learn.  My Dad was Navy in communications but that was a LONG time ago!   Grateful to have people here to share info.  Stepson left a very angry 18 year old, but ready for the challenge.  He hasn't called or written to his Dad (but has to brother/other fam).  I hope he will gradually become, as New Navy Mom HL said, calmer and more appreciative.  SO excited for this choice he made!


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