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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.

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My son is DEP and will go to boot camp later this year. He has a CTI contract. He is wondering when he will know what his language is and if he has any choice at all? There is a lot of information online but frequently it is conflicting.

Thanks for any info.

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My husband is DEP, CTI, leaving in February and we've yet to learn what his language will be. We've also seen conflicting information so I'm interested to hear the answer as well.

Just this morning we read that he may be able to put down some choices but it was pretty dated info.

My daughter was given the choice but only with respect to where she placed. There were 3 in the tier that her DLAB grade put her and she was able to choose between those. Sometimes you can retake the test if you didn't test too high and that can also increase your options but they generally won't let you chose a language that's not in the tier where your DLAB grade puts you. If I recall, it was like the 2nd or 3rd week of boot camp when she found out her language.

About 1/2-3/4 way through Basic, several CTI's travel to Great Lakes and pull aside those with CTI contracts and give them an overview about what happens next and will also learn pretty much what their language will be.  They wait until this stage of the game for two main reasons 1) they need to ensure the recruits pass their initial clearance processing otherwise it's a no-go for anything as sensitive as the CT community.  2) By then, the CTI detailers will have updated figures on what the forecasted language needs are for the foreseeable future. They have to assess the very latest figures on what CTIs are leaving the Navy, how many are reenlisting for another few years, and how many students are passing successfully into the various language billets.  THEN they can visit with the next batch of recruits going CTI and nail down their language.   They also talk about where they are likely to be based and so forth.a particular Basic training division's CTI's to be.  They will learn their language assignment there for the most part.

Daughter is CTI.  She learned what her language would be at boot camp and was not pleased with the assignment.  She was told that she could discuss her options upon arriving at DLI.  When she arrived at DLI she respectfully submitted her case and was granted her language of choice.  She was willing to accept the language assigned and work her way toward going for a second language later in her career. DLI is a great place. It has its good and bad points. Hard work and a willingness to be molded is needed. It is all about attitude and aptitude. 


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