PIR (PASS IN REVIEW, ie GRADUATION from Boot Camp) GROUPS
Within a week after your recruit /arrives at Great Lakes, you'll get THE BOX containing his old cloths and other personal items (look for his cell phone in his shoes). Next will be the all important FORM LETTER which will have his/her expected graduation date. We have a stellar group of mentors who will take you from beginning to end (entire Boot Camp & PIR period): ellen0502 (who creates most of the groups, ♥FireTeamLeaderWife♥ aka FTLW, diannep, CatMom509 and Craig. You will be in excellent hands.
Just click on the underlined links below to go to the NAVY FOR MOMS groups associated with PIR dates (normally a Friday). Good luck and thank you to all Sailor Recruits and their families. Limit 4 guests per recruit unless noted otherwise. TG stands for Training Group.
PIR: July 28, 2017 TG 38 - 9 Divisions (227-234 & 938) 4 guests
PIR: August 4, 2017 TG 39 - 11 Divisions (235-244 & 939) 4 guests
PIR: August 11, 2017 TG 40 - 8 Divisions (245-250, 818 & 940) 4 guests
PIR: August 18, 2017 TG 41 - 7 Divisions (251-256 & 941) 4 guests
PIR: August 25, 2017 TG 42 - 9 Divisions (257-264 & 942) 4 guests
PIR: September 1, 2017 TG 43 - 13 Divisions (265-276 & 943) 3 guests
PIR: September 8, 2017 TG 44 - more info to come
If your Recruit just arrived chances are the group for your PIR has not been formed yet. You should join the Boot Camp Moms group & the subgroup for the month of your recruit's departure. Again, we have another group of mentors who will take you through the preparation phase.You'll get a check list of things to do the month before boot camp. You'll learn Navy acronyms and terminology. You'll find out what will take place at MEPS. Lemonelephant will be there to guide you through and point you in the right direction.
RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND (RTC)
Recruit Training Command (RTC) (clickable link) is the official Navy site for bootcamp website. This is should be your GO-TO site for information. Take the time, read everything.
The RTC Family Guide (clickable link - pdf file) - you should print this out, save it, read it and refer to it often. This single document will answer the majority of your questions.
Parking Passes: CLICK HERE, scroll down, then click "Get Gate Pass" Remember Parking passes will not become available for download until 11 days prior to scheduled graduation date. If you have problem with printing the pass, access the site with Mozilla Firefox as your browser. Mozilla Firefox can be downloaded free of charge. Mozilla Firefox browser.
GRADUATION STREAMING LIVE Watch our recruits graduate 0845 Central Daylight Time
THE FORM LETTER:
What does the form letter look like?
Click HERE to see sample of the form letter.
Keep this letter in a safe place and/or scan and save on your hard disk as a backup. The FORM LETTER contains four important items.
GOING TO PIR (GRADUATION).
You will have many questions regarding PIR. Where to stay? When to get airline tickets? What to do around Great Lakes? How to order photos, dvds? How do I sign up for the multiple meet and greets for parents? What should I wear? Join this group - PIR REFERENCE INFORMATION GROUP (clickable link). You'll benefit from the information from others who have made this journey. There will be very few experiences like this in life - enjoy it. Be proud of your recruit.
Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbies - keep this link handy.
You'll find an overview of the entire process. You should also watch the videos, look at the diagram of the barracks (ships), review the powerpoint presentations.
Important Groups For You To Join
NavyDEP.COM (created exclusively for the recruits only - run by Craig).
Moms/dads/wives/gfs, lurk in this group if you want but do not join.
After graduation, many of the groups edit the title of the group to reflect status by adding "Alumni" or "Graduates" etc. The links stay the same and should work. A great place to stay in touch with the people you became acquainted with through bootcamp & PIR.
PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2017
PIR: July 21, 2017 TG 37 - 8 Div (221-226, 817 & 937
PIR: May 19, 2017 TG 28 - 9 Div (153-158, 812, 813 & 928)
PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2016
PIR: November 2016 (for all PIR dates in Nov 2016) PIR: December 2016 (for all PIR Dates in Dec 2016)
PIR: August 2016 (for all PIR dates in August 2016)
PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2015
PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2014
PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2013
PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2012
PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2011
Proud....the RTC hasn't updated the website yet...BUT here is the link to the 4/1 PIR group that has formed. http://www.navyformoms.com/group/pir40111 some of them have gotten their form letter so they know the date is right. But, many may be PIR 4/8 and that group has not been formed yet.
Yes, definitely join the 4/1 group and hang out till you get the form letter or RTC updates the website.
The group probably hasn't been formed yet. Don't be shy. Once you get the letter with the projected PIR date, feel free to form a group. Take a look at the way others have done it by looking at the previous PIR groups. You can use the one that you like as a template.
You should also check out the PIR Reference group - full of good information. In addition, we have compile some videos, powerpoint presentations and other links, tips for you. Click on the below link.
The reason to avoid having a separate group for you division outside of the main PIR group is that people tend to forget to check both groups, information has to be duplicated. This way, you can check in your PIR group - get all the good stuff that applies to everyone, then check the discussion pertaining to your division and talk to your buds.