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. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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Comment by sambam32 on September 7, 2018 at 7:43am

Good morning!!  I understand we can't give specifics on this site and I respect that, but I am asking for your input on traveling out of said CTI location. Do you recommend flying out of another airport that is a drive away or do you recommend flying out of the local airport and getting a transfer flight, for example?  I'm not sure how much detail we can provide on here, so I'm trying to be vague.  What has been your experience?  This will be the first time flying out for the holidays (can't come soon enough btw!!!) and tickets need to get booked here soon. 

Thank you for any help you can provide!!! 

Comment by Three Seas on August 16, 2018 at 2:01am

Mimiof1 - Thanks for the info.  I’ll let him know.

Comment by Mimiof1 on August 15, 2018 at 9:40am

My son just went to DLI Aug 4.  He did request a language change but because there was no class starting soon in the other language he wanted it was not granted.  He is a level 4

Comment by Three Seas on August 15, 2018 at 5:09am

bbcregular - Thanks for the info.  I"ll pass it along to him next time we speak.

Comment by bbcregular on August 15, 2018 at 2:11am
Three Seas - my CTI petitioned DLI for a different language. She was assigned a level 2 language and had good reason for requesting the change to a level 4 language. If your CTI2B has a compelling reason to request the change then no harm in making the request. It is always what the Navy needs but they do not want to waste a good mind. I know of two recruits that was able to get their language changed while at BC so it is possible. Be sure to encourage your SR to embrace the language assigned while making his request. If he is planning a career he will have other opportunities to take other languages during his career.
Comment by Three Seas on August 14, 2018 at 10:55pm

My sailor is slightly more than halfway through Boot Camp and he just got his language assignment.  I’ve seen other posts on here about sailors asking for a different language once they get to DLI and being granted the request.  Can anyone here speak to that?  Thanks.

Comment by Babs on July 30, 2018 at 4:15pm

Congratulations on this prestigious accomplishment!  My CTI just reenlisted; let me offer you a little advice.  While at DLI, there is absolutely NEVER enough time; they are inundated and have to study 24/7.  They will have their phones, but just don't expect much.  I sent lots of food, etc.  Another thing to remember is that their jobs are of the utmost security.  Unless my Sailor posted something, I never mentioned a word of what he was doing.  Please take this seriously.  Bravo Zulu to your boy!

Comment by sambam32 on July 29, 2018 at 9:38pm

VFNDtoNavymom -- Welcome to CTI! I'm fairly new myself as my SA completed BC 6 months ago and is now at the DLI.

Everyone is correct in what they are saying; be flexible because the military can change the direction at the drop of a dime. Don't let it ruin your day.  They are busy busy busy there with their studying, and they have to get in 3 days of PT, and muster, so they don't have a lot of free time.  Maybe it's my SAs cell phone but the barracks don't always give the best phone coverage, btw, that's $49.99 a month and I don't think there are any other real options there.  The first 6-8 weeks they will be working on orientation stuff and will not dive right into their language, so don't be surprised.  It's all good though, it gives them an opportunity to get accumulated. 

They do have to earn their privileges for civilian clothes and weekend off base time.  We packed a complete set of civilian clothes, 1 pair of shoes, some underwear (they will really want those), running shorts, cell phone, charger, sunglasses (they can't have a certain kind though; and my SA's were the kind), favorite deodorant, couple of snacks, book, a note... I feel like there was something else, but I can't remember.  I remember at the airport at how much stuff they had and it was a lot!  They also had to carry their orders, at all time and they couldn't carry their backpacks on their right shoulder if I'm not mistaken so they could salute.  I then shipped some more things in a in a couple more weeks, but to be honest a lot couldn't be worn from previously because weight was lost from BC!!! I had to ship the favorite pillow and soft blankie and xbox.  I've shipped care packages and they've arrived no problem.  A new phone is due to arrive on Monday, so we'll see how that goes.  Regular mail from IL arrives in about 5 days.  I try to use the Flat Rate from the USPS when I can because it will get there in 2 days and pretty cheap. 

You won't necessarily fly out of Midway it could be O'Hare.  you could private message me if you have questions about that.

When my SA when into Boot Camp it felt like death, which I know probably sounds weird, but it's the honest truth.  There was no communication for probably 4 weeks and it about killed me. When I received the first call I was so overjoyed and full of love that I just cried.  Now knowing that I'm not going to see my SA for almost a year, it breaks my heart.  It will be Christmas before I get to see they come home.

Have a blessed night ladies.....  

Comment by bbcregular on July 29, 2018 at 6:46pm
We had a good amount of time at the airport. Even had lunch together. OPSEC does not allow us to mention times. So be careful. You will have time. Your SR will have their orders and can give your the info after PIR. Be ready to be flexible and enjoy your sailor. Yes, communication will be good. Give him his phone at the airport and anything else he asks for. Some want their personal computer. Don’t worry if he does not have one because he will be issued one at DLI. Don’t be disappointed if once classes begin the communication slows down. The school curriculum is intense. Proud of your sailor. Use this site to ask questions and bring your worries here and not to your CTI2B.
Comment by VFNDtoNavymom on July 29, 2018 at 6:04pm

Hi everyone my sons PIR is 9/7 and then he will head off to DLI. I am so excited for him. Can anybody tell me how long the wait at the airport is when he flies out and will we be able to spend time with him on Saturday? Also will we get to talk to him more when he is at The DLI?


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