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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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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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For friends and family of CTNs - Welcome to all new members!

We tend to be a quiet bunch here but, if you ask a question, someone will try to answer you.

Please limit comments to questions, answers, discussions that are in support of our Sailors. This is not the place for politics or religion.

Thank you!

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PLEASE READ - Getting Answers - PLEASE READ!

I just noticed some recent questions posted in the "Discussions" area of this group. PLEASE NOTE - the only way discussions are visible is to actually visit this group. Those of us who "Follow" a group do not get notifications of Discussion activity.

You are more likely to get a timely response if you post on the Comment Wall.

If you see questions on other groups specifically about CTN, please refer them to this group.

Discussion Forum

Son is leaving for bootcamp in March

Started by Meiko. Last reply by clockard Jan 13, 2019. 5 Replies

Hello! I can see this board is a little slow, so I hope someone will see my little post! My kid is leaving for bootcamp in March. He signed for CTN on October 1, 2018. My question is about the security clearance. When do they begin that process?…Continue

liberty for memorial weekend

Started by ProudNavySonMom Apr 30, 2018. 0 Replies

Hello, does anyone know which days the liberty weekend for Memorial Day will start and end? I am planning something and my son is new at Pensacola and doesn't know when he can find out, thanks for any help!Continue

How's and What of CTN A School Florida

Started by PrincessShannon. Last reply by ProudNavySonMom Apr 30, 2018. 5 Replies

Hello there, my SR will PIR 1/23 and then go on to A school in Florida, my question is how does this work, what do they do and where do they go while waiting to class up? I have heard little about the process and am just curious if he will have to…Continue

Tags: Classing, up, Florida, school, A

To have or not to have a vehicle in Corry?

Started by Navymommy. Last reply by kandi.s Nov 29, 2017. 5 Replies

Hello momsmy son is leaving for Corry station for CTN trainingi have a dilemma, is it best for the sailor studying for A school and JCAC? (is that correct)for CTN not to have a car or to have a car?his stepdad(a military himself) says its a party…Continue

In holding? For how long?

Started by Navymommy. Last reply by karen Jul 25, 2017. 3 Replies

Hello moms,my son has been in holding for security clearancehe has not "badged" up as he saysIm wondering how long this will be....Im hoping he doesnt get depressed or disappointedor lose that high and or enthusiasm right after boot camp having…Continue


Started by Wizard. Last reply by Navymommy Jul 13, 2017. 1 Reply

My Son did have a car, it was a good thing ... the base is far from everything and it's much safer for them to drive than walk to the beach and to town.  Just remind him that a ticket for speeding or any infraction off base would get him kicked out…Continue

Spouse at A school

Started by garden gal. Last reply by Texasmom Nov 17, 2015. 3 Replies

Hi, It looks like my son has passed his next-to-last hurtle to enlist as a CTN.  He will hopefully  be signing his DEP contract next week.  He has one question  I told him I would ask this group.Everything we can find says that the Navy will pay to…Continue

Fort Gordon

Started by 1 Proud Mom. Last reply by karen Oct 30, 2015. 6 Replies

My CTN will graduate school in November and is headed to Fort Gordon.  Any info about the base, area ... anything will be appreciated.  So far all I know is it is in Georgia.  LOLContinue

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Comment by WaterLily on September 29, 2019 at 6:15pm
Data Guru, thanks for that perspective! What I like about this site is that I haven’t shared photos of my family here or identified my actual location. For me, N4M has been such a blessing! I do agree that Facebook is easier for making connections with a larger audience. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. We truly are all in this together.
Comment by Data Guru on September 29, 2019 at 5:09pm

WaterLily - respectfully, it is just as insecure as this site is. I’ve been extremely grateful to the few mom’s who’ve answered some basic questions (in private messaging) when my child first arrived at Corry. I’ve since been able to reciprocate, answering basic questions in the same manner. 

Comment by WaterLily on September 29, 2019 at 4:01pm
Data Guru, we’ve noticed that CTN Facebook group but due to PERSEC, we don’t do anything on social media that identifies what our sailor is doing.
Comment by Data Guru on September 29, 2019 at 3:47pm

There is also a FB site called Cryptology - CTI - CTM - CTN -CTR - CT - IT - Corry Station - Pensacola. It’s a little bit more active about CTN information at the moment, but that’s recent. There are a few mom’s whose children seem to be further into the program and can probably answer some basic questions. Like who delivers cake’s to Corry for birthdays. 

Comment by clockard on September 29, 2019 at 12:18pm

WaterLily, I did think about that. I actually did it with a very small private group I own, but I would not be able to recreate everything on this group. Best to just move forward.

Comment by WaterLily on September 29, 2019 at 12:06pm
Clockard, so that makes sense as to why the group seems very disjointed. How unfortunate that you were deleted accidentally. Would it help if this group was deleted and then recreated??? (Likely not, or it would already have been done!)
Comment by clockard on September 29, 2019 at 11:57am

Hi, folks! I am the "owner" of this group. Sorry there isn't an active link for me by the group name. A couple years ago, someone made a huge mistake when they were deleting inactive members and included about 50 very active members. That means all my previous posts are gone, and they cannot recreate my ownership of this group. Sigh... You should be able to click on my picture and send me a friend request.

Anyhow, I do continue to monitor this group even though my son was active from 2009 until 2015.

STP0203, if you are asking about the Pensacola group, they are not your best source for information about CTN. CTNs are at Corry Station which is near, but not on, the main Pensacola base. Think of it more as a community college as opposed to a big university.

A little general information for you...

All CTs are required to obtain a Top Secret clearance. I seem to remember that they must have this before they can "class up."

Don't worry about asking sensitive questions because we (parents, spouses, etc.) do not know anything that cannot be discussed here.

As far as holiday leave, the best person to talk to about that is your Sailor. There are no guarantees. From now on, the "needs of the Navy" are top priority.

CTN does not have "A" school and "C" school; they have JCAC - Joint Cyber Analysis Course. Here is an excellent link to learn more about it:

Q&A on the Joint Cyber Analysis Course

If anyone wants to ask me anything privately, click on my picture and send a friend request.

Comment by STP0203 on September 29, 2019 at 10:39am

WaterLily:    Thank you so much.  

My son called me several times about high security clearance. I wanted to ask someone about these stuff but I don’t know how much I am able to ask people in this site because our kids are in “ high” security environment, you know.  

Is Corry group for mainly CTN? Or All CTI, CTM, CTT, and CTR? I should check it out!  Thanks.  

Comment by WaterLily on September 27, 2019 at 11:51am

STP0203, you're welcome.  This group and the Corry group aren't very active and not many reply or comment on here, from what I've seen.  I definitely feel in the dark about what to expect next.  I'd just be happy if I could figure out if my sailor will be coming home for the holidays or not.  But at least you can have frequent contact with your sailor while in A school and the ability to send them care packages helps greatly.  Hang in there.

Comment by STP0203 on September 27, 2019 at 10:24am

Thank you for your info, WaterLily.  I have heard that some people are sent to Pensacola.  I am just hoping my son will be sent close by.   Thanks. 


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