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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 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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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Lets get together CTI moms

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Latest Activity: Jan 23, 2022

Discussion Forum

DLI grad gift for CTI

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

life at DLI

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Can they have a car

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Comment by NotherNavyMom on October 19, 2020 at 11:38am

Hi Lorene! Sorry for the delayed response - I don't get on here much anymore. Yes, my sailor went from 800 div to DLI also. I won't lie -- I am more than a little relieved by the change! :) I am jealous that you live so close by. We are anxiously waiting for things to get more normal so we feel comfortable flying out for a visit. Stay well everyone!

Comment by Lorene on April 30, 2020 at 10:54am

Do you have your son's power of attorney (medical and/or financial)? We did that the first trip home, just in case. Another mom had suggested it for things like car registration and stuff. It's proven already valuable. But if he doesn't have time to get taxes filed, he won't have time to find someone to notarize a doc either :-(  So difficult, I'm sorry.

Comment by pp2019 on April 13, 2020 at 10:18am

Congrats Lorene! My son is at DLI. They are on lock down. No one on or off the base (except air force, not sure why they haven'e been locked down). They are restricted to the base. Even if he were not subject to lock down, he would be restricted from seeing you for a few weeks. He will need to "phase up". Once he arrives he will go through orientation and learn all about phasing up! Good news is you can communicate with him freely! Once the lock down is lifted and he phases up, you can go and meet for dinner. Again, Congrats on your sailor and hope you get to see him SOON!

Comment by Lorene on April 10, 2020 at 11:46pm

Good evening!  My sailor will be arriving Monterey next week. Anyone know how conditions are there? Restricted to base? He believes classes will begin soon as well. Since we live within 2 hours, so we'd like to know if we could meet for dinner or whatever. Hope everyone is hanging in during this super weird time.

Comment by Earin on February 23, 2020 at 2:01pm

Thank you, pp2019 , for the suggestions!  Can’t wait to get out to the sunshine!

Comment by pp2019 on February 18, 2020 at 10:23pm

Earin, not sure if you got a response about activities to do while on your visit. I suggest you explore the base -visit the cafeteria and share a meal and go see the pieces of the Berlin Wall! There are several plaques that have interesting stories your sailor will learn. In Monterey, Alvarado Street is fun to walk and explore. There is a nice aquarium. We walked from aquarium to Alvardo St. Go look at the seals sunning on the rocks! Lots to do! ENJOY IT!!!

Comment by Lorene on February 18, 2020 at 4:06pm

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 February 16, 2020 at 12:29pm

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 February 16, 2020 at 12:27pm

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?


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