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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.

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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.

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Discussion Forum

DLI grad gift for CTI

Started by Harrison. Last reply by StarryNights Dec 8, 2019. 1 Reply

life at DLI

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Can they have a car

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Comment by Earin on February 1, 2020 at 12:52pm

Congrats on your sons graduation from BC pp2019! 

Comment by Earin on February 1, 2020 at 12:51pm

Thank you pp2019 for all of the details!  This is fantastic!  We have no military experience in my or my husbands family so always have a ton of questions and so appreciate this site for connecting us with those that have gone before.  I am glad to hear they will be kept busy before they start classes.  We are going to PIR and am already welling up at the pride and anticipation seeing the divisions marching in. (I have a hard time just making it through the national anthem when it’s played out of respect and appreciation of what it stands for.)

It will be nice to have more communication with him but I will admit that I’ve enjoyed getting the handwritten letters while he’s been at BC. 
Ive seen on some other posts that having electronics insured is a strongly suggested idea due to theft.  Have you heard anything like that from your son?  Oh, and are the roommates all from the Navy or could they room with other branches?

Comment by pp2019 on February 1, 2020 at 12:39pm

Hi Earin! Welcome to the group! My son just started his language a few weeks ago so I can give you the "scoop" from my perspective. It is not uncommon for him to wait prior to classes starting. Mine waited a long time to begin. The first few weeks are classes on the DLI and life in the Navy. He will be in classes all day for several weeks. After that he will probably do whatever it is his superiors need done- take things/papers to another department, help move furniture, pretty much anything that needs done he will do. He will have his electronics (yay!) so he can text/call when not in class. He will not be able to leave the base until he "phases up". He will begin in Phase 1- stay on base at all times. Phase 2 means you can go into town but have curfew. This phase may not occur for several months. Phase 3 means he can stay off base over night. Again, this will happen several months later. WE visited our some 3 weeks after PIR. We were able to have dinner with him on base and hang out! He gave us a tour of DLI. My husband was able to visit his room. It is college dorm style. He will have 1 or 2 roommates. My son has moved 3 times in a short period. Your son won't need a lot of "stuff". My son wanted a few of his favorite clothes/shoes, Nat Geo mags, books, headsets, etc. Nothing big because the rooms are tiny.

I hope this helps!! CONGRATS!!! I hope you get to go to PIR! Watch one online before you go. They are live every Friday. Sit in his division's designated section. I will never forget the moment those HUGE doors opened and the Recruits march in! I have tears in my eyes remembering it!!

Comment by Earin on February 1, 2020 at 12:21pm

Hello!  Our SR will PIR on 2/14 and then ship out to DLI immediately after.  We’re so excited and proud of him and he truly seems excited and motivated with his rate choice.  He’s submitted his language preferences so just waiting to get the final decision.  
We heard from him that he won’t start classes for about 45 days once he arrives out there.  Assume that is so they can sync up classes with others that are starting since all branches would be sending their incoming CTI’s there?  What do they do during that time?  Oh, and what type of barracks are out there?  Is it like boot camp or more like college dorm?
We are planning a trip to CA at the end of Feb and may have the opportunity to get to Monterrey.  What are the chances he might have liberty if he will have only been there for a couple weeks by that time? Lots of questions and appreciate any guidance from those that have gone before!

Comment by StarryNights on December 15, 2019 at 7:23pm

Just letting you all know my son arrived safely and will be studying Mandarin as he desired!  He is thrilled to death to be there and we are thrilled to death to be able to hear from him more regularly now as compared to boot camp.  The only bad thing is since he arrived so close to Christmas, his tickets will be out-the-wazoo expensive.  But at least he gets to come home.  :-)

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... 


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