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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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DLI grad gift for CTI

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life at DLI

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Comment by bbcregular on September 7, 2018 at 2:00pm
Sambam32 - It is ok to say Monterrey. Daughter used local airport to fly home for holidays. West coast to east coast. No drama but delayed flights as always. She took Uber to airport.
Good for staying cautious. In the beginning I would not say anything. Now my daughter has taught me. Congratulations on you CTI2B
Comment by Shelby on September 7, 2018 at 8:27am
I lived in that location for 2 years and if I could find a comparable flight I always flew into the closer location. I compared the flight costs and then if i was flying to the further spot, added in the cost of the shuttle (I think $35 each way) or a rental car. The close airport is so nice and small, you get off the plane and you're there! Also, you have to factor in the terrible traffic around the further airports.
Comment by Babs on September 7, 2018 at 8:12am

I guess it just depends on finances and time.  For me, I'd be a little overwhelmed and tired to make a drive when I got home.  Safe travels, anyway, and have a wonderful time with your Sailor!

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!


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