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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 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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Discussion Forum

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 mkl7993 on February 6, 2018 at 9:23pm

@sambam32, yep they aren’t getting any kind of break. My son was excited about getting the brown boots. He doesn’t have to shine them.

Comment by bbcregular on February 6, 2018 at 6:13am

mkl7933 there is lots of recreation available. When we visited our sailor she took us to the rec area. Lots to do there even a music room. There is still all the military activities. 

sambam32 my sailor used the bus and Uber. A car was not really needed till the end. Luckily we were visiting and loaned her our car so she and friends could go to another base to get their immunizations needed for their foreign duty station. There is usually someone with a car to help with transportation. I was disappointed with the Navy for not assisting with transportation to get the required immunizations but our kids are creative and have learned a lot about self reliance and team work. 

Comment by sambam32 on February 5, 2018 at 9:27pm

My SR says he's getting less sleep than he did in boot camp and he's only been there just over a week! Classes don't officially start until mid April. I honestly haven't talked to him. I missed his call yesterday and I also wanted to give him time to get his bearings.

He only took his laptop for personal use. He won't get a car. And the Xbox is on hold on being shipped out across the country lol 

Comment by mkl7993 on February 5, 2018 at 7:51pm

Thanks for the great him his lap top so he has it available. What kind of things do soldiers do during the wait till classes start? Can’t imagine what they will do to keep busy.

Comment by JHubby on February 5, 2018 at 2:05pm
Mkl7993, there's usually a 1-2 month wait before class starts. It all depends on when your sailor arrives during the class "cycle". I had about 7 hours with my wife before she returned to base and then we met her at the airport around 3am. I gave her a bag with a laptop and cell phone there. Try to keep it light, because your sailor will have a LOT of Navy assigned gear already. The laptop wasn't really needed, but Skype was nice for the month in between her arrival and my move out there. DLI will provide an ipad and MacBook, but they make it very clear that it's for school work only. As for the car, if your Sailor is living on base, cars are a headache as there's not very much parking and walking to class is generally faster. There's plenty of transportation available in the area and walking/biking is generally easier since Cannery row is so close. Oh, and she was also Cat IV. Hope it helps!!
Comment by mkl7993 on January 30, 2018 at 8:54pm

Thanks bbcregular! He was trying to decide if he should bring his  own laptop when I see him at airport after PIR.

Comment by bbcregular on January 30, 2018 at 9:56am

mkl7993 DLI does provide a Mac book pro and an iPad loaded with the programs needed to complete their lessons. I recommend that your CTI2B also have a personal computer or tablet for personal emails and other non military needs. If they do not already have a computer don’t be concerned. They can get along or buy an exexpensive one at the PX or go to the NEX at NPS. 

Comment by sambam32 on January 30, 2018 at 6:38am

Yes, they are provided computers but from what I understand they leave them at the school during the day. I can double check with my son when he calls tonight. 

Comment by mkl7993 on January 29, 2018 at 11:42pm

Somehow got removed off cti...odd...anyway..@That Kid!  Is it true the ones in CTI school are provided a computer?

Comment by That Kid! ❤️ on January 15, 2018 at 11:21pm
My son has been at DLI since August

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