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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."


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: Apr 30

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

Started by Willowwoo. Last reply by Willowwoo Dec 17, 2018. 3 Replies

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Comment by StarryNights on December 9, 2019 at 11:52am

Babs—Do you know if they are allowed to have mini fridge/coffee maker, and/or access to a microwave?

Comment by Babs on December 9, 2019 at 9:21am

Hi, Starry!  Congratulations to your son for getting into DLI and obviously scoring quite high on the language tests.  My son graduated with Mandarin and has been in for 5 years now.  Hopefully your son will get his first choice, but it is the Military where things can change according to their needs.  One word of advice...they have to study 30 hours a day, everyday, even holidays.  The program is so rigorous, I am not sure what the graduation statistics are, but, as a Mom, I hardly EVER heard from my son.  Don't get hurt by this and send him food!  Good luck!!

Comment by StarryNights on December 8, 2019 at 9:54pm

Hi all!  Thanks for letting me join.  My 19 yo son is hopefully graduating boot this Friday and will be heading out to Monterrey for CTI!  I hope he finds out his language soon.  He wants Chinese or Korean but he stuck Arabic on at the end because he didn’t want to learn Russian.  I really hope he gets a language he wants.  Will they stick him in Arabic or will they try to get him one of this first choices?

Comment by bbcregular on May 24, 2019 at 8:11pm

Hi Momsy, welcome to the rollercoaster life of having a CTI2B. There is a lot of hard work ahead but well worth it. My daughter is starting her 3rd yr as a CTI and enjoys her work and team. It is a small group of people and those he will be in class with will be those he works with. So make good relationships. Enjoy PIR. 

Comment by Momsy on May 23, 2019 at 7:30pm

My son is CTI and is currently at Great Lakes with a projected PIR of 6/21... 

Comment by SoSi on March 15, 2019 at 8:45pm

Thank you @lovemynavydaughter  Please keep us updated. I am so hoping we are able to visit before too long.  Hope all is well with your daughter. Congrats.

Comment by LoveMyNavyDaughter on March 8, 2019 at 9:43am

Our daughter just graduated last Friday and left the following morning for CA. She doesn't actually start her classes at DLI for a few weeks. Her chief at boot camp advised her to spend some of that time looking up whatever she could on her assigned language and what's going on in that part of the world. So I'd say being on top of current world events would be a good thing for your son to start from the get go.

Comment by SoSi on March 7, 2019 at 9:58pm

My son signed CTI today ... any tips appreciated. 

Comment by Willowwoo on December 16, 2018 at 10:17pm
Our son as just arrived .. So we thinking they will keep them there over the holiday but as we are new to this and your all saying the classes ate all closed .. But don't they have to get a load of Administrative paperwork done .. Help please
Comment by mkl7993 on December 16, 2018 at 10:05pm
Maybe they are better this year about letting them out. Mine is coming home.

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