This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

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

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Discussion Forum

DLI grad gift for CTI

Started by Harrison. Last reply by StarryNights Dec 8, 2019. 1 Reply

life at DLI

Started by Willowwoo. Last reply by mkl7993 Dec 17, 2018. 1 Reply

Can they have a car

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Comment by Lorene 5 hours ago

Good afternoon, 

Any moms of a sailor who DORd from 800 division then went CTI? Wondering how it has gone. Thank you!


Comment by Earin on Sunday

We are planning a visit out there in 2 weeks and would love any suggestions on things to do/see.  Know he won’t be able to go off base yet so know it will be limited in what he/we can do.

Comment by Earin on Sunday

Our Sailor has arrived at DLI!  Super excited for this next phase in his journey!

Comment by NotherNavyMom on February 7, 2020 at 3:51pm

Hi All - I am guessing the process is very different if you are transferring from another Navy program to DLI and are married. Still seems like a lot of "hurry up & wait", though. Anyone with any experience on family housing around DLI and the process surrounding that?

Comment by pp2019 on February 2, 2020 at 6:56pm

Good question! I would get him some books to read about Navy or military successes - here are a few my son read in 2019 (I looked at our Amazon orders :)) Alone at Dawn, Arabs at War, It's Your Ship, Get your Ship Together. I would get him books related to his country/language he will be studying at DLI. Airpods are good. My son wanted a new watch. I bought my son a triangle shaped pillow from Barnes and Noble that he can use to read his iPad in his lap in bed. Finally, an Amazon gift card for him to get whatever he needs is always a great idea!


Comment by Earin on February 2, 2020 at 3:02pm

pp2019 we are getting so close to PIR and since our SR was also gone for Christmas, looking at getting a couple gifts that he could have/use while at A school.  If you have suggestions for these, I would be grateful for the ideas!

Comment by Earin on February 1, 2020 at 10:06pm

pp2019 Oh, so glad to know I’m not the only one!  So appreciate the info!  Hope I can pay it forward!

Comment by pp2019 on February 1, 2020 at 4:52pm

I am with you! I cry when I see the Blue Angels fly over a stadium or hear the Anthem. I travel internationally for work and thank God every time I land back in the USA!

Yes, those handwritten letters are SO PRECIOUS! 

Roommates are not necessarily from the Navy. I think they will put him in a room with others in his chosen language.

My son has the phone insurance for breakage, not theft. He's good at breaking screens :( I asked my son about theft because I had seen in other groups where someone had something stolen. My son said, "Mom, no, we don't have that issue." If it gives you/your son peace of mind, I would get it :)

Comment by Earin on February 1, 2020 at 12:52pm

Congrats on your sons graduation from BC pp2019! 

Comment by Earin on February 1, 2020 at 12:51pm

Thank you pp2019 for all of the details!  This is fantastic!  We have no military experience in my or my husbands family so always have a ton of questions and so appreciate this site for connecting us with those that have gone before.  I am glad to hear they will be kept busy before they start classes.  We are going to PIR and am already welling up at the pride and anticipation seeing the divisions marching in. (I have a hard time just making it through the national anthem when it’s played out of respect and appreciation of what it stands for.)

It will be nice to have more communication with him but I will admit that I’ve enjoyed getting the handwritten letters while he’s been at BC. 
Ive seen on some other posts that having electronics insured is a strongly suggested idea due to theft.  Have you heard anything like that from your son?  Oh, and are the roommates all from the Navy or could they room with other branches?


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