This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



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.

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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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N4M GROUPS: Listed By PIR Date (Boot Camp Graduation) - Active thru August 03, 2018


Within a week after your recruit /arrives at Great Lakes, you'll get THE BOX containing his old clothes 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,  and CatMom509. 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: June 15, 2018 TG 32 - 11 Divisions (245- 248,251,252,255 - 258, and 932)

    PIR: June 22, 2018 TG 33 - 8 Divisions (259 - 264, 816, and 933)

    PIR: June 29, 2018 TG 34 - 9 Divisions (265 - 272, and 934)

    PIR: July 6, 2018 TG 35 - 5 Divisions (273-276, and 935)

    PIR: July 13, 2018 TG 36 - 7 Divisions (277-282 and 936)

    PIR: July 20, 2018 TG 37 - 11 Divisions (283-290, 817, 818, and 937)

    PIR: July 27, 2018 TG 38  - 10 Divisions (291 - 298, 819, and 938)

    PIR: August 03, 2018 TG 39 7 Divisions (299 - 304, and 939)

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. Llemonelephant will be there to guide you through and point you in the right direction. 


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.

Information about PIR, guest policy, ticketing, PIR schedule for October Graduations (and after)(clickable link). 

GRADUATION STREAMING LIVE  Watch our recruits graduate 0845 Central Daylight Time


What does the form letter look like?

Click HERE to see sample of the form letter for PIR dates prior to October 6, 2017.

Click HERE  to see the new information and a sample of the form letter for PIR dates October 6, 2017 and later.

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.

  1. Your recruit's SHIP # and DIVISION # (Ships which are their barracks are also named, such as USS Triton, USS Reuben James. Don't confuse these with the real life actual Navy vessels in service)
    Just below that is his address.
  2. Further down, you'll find his graduation date. This is his PIR (Pass In Review) date.
  3. Next, you'll see the password needed to download the parking pass
  4. Finally, you'll see the four names your recruit has listed official as his guests. (4 per recruit) unless there are many recruit for that PIR date, in which case the number of guests will drop down to 3.
  5. If you are lucky, you'll find a very brief note from your recruit. There is not much room to write and they may be in a hurry, so don't be disappointed if the note is a short scribble.


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.




Leave For Bootcamp in Jan     Leave For Bootcamp in Feb      Leave For Bootcamp in March 

Leave For Bootcamp in April    Leave For Bootcamp in May     Leave For Bootcamp in June

Leave For Bootcamp in July    Leave For Bootcamp in Aug      Leave For Bootcamp in Sept

Leave For Bootcamp in Oct     Leave For Bootcamp in Nov      Leave For Bootcamp in Dec  


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 - 2018


    PIR: 05/25/2018

    PIR: 06/01/2018

    PIR: 06/08/2018

PIR: 05/04/2018    PIR: 05/11/2018  PIR:05/18/2018 

PIR: 04/06/2018      PIR: 04/13/2018    PIR: 04/20/2018   PIR: 04/27/2018

PIR: 03/02/2018     PIR: 03/09/2018     PIR: 03/16/2018    PIR: 03/23/2018    PIR: 03/30/2018 

NO PIR February 16, 2018      No PIR February 23, 2018

PIR: 01/26/2018 TG 12      PIR: 02/02/2018 TG 13     PIR: 02/09/2018 TG 14

PIR: 01/05/2018 TG 09      PIR: 01/12/2018 TG 10     PIR: 01/19/ 2018 TG 11 

PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2017

PIR: 12/01/2017     PIR: 12/08/2017      PIR: 12/15/2018      No PIR 12/22/2017      No PIR 12/29/2017 

PIR: 11/03/2017       PIR: 11/09/2017      PIR: 11/17/2017        PIR: 11/22/2017 

PIR: 10/6/2017        PIR: 10/13/2017       PIR: 10/20/2017        PIR: 10/27/2017  >

PIR: 09/01/2017       PIR: 09/08/2017      PIR  09/15/2017        PIR: 09/22/2017        PIR: 09/29/2017

PIR: 08/04/2017      PIR: 08/11/2017       PIR: 08/18/2017        PIR: 08/25/2017      

PIR: 07/07/2017      PIR: 07/14/2017      PIR: 07/21/2017         PIR 07/28/2017

PIR:06/02/2017      PIR: 06/09/2017      PIR: 06/16/2017       PIR: 06/23/2017       PIR:06/30/2017          

PIR: 05/05/2017      PIR: 05/12/2017       PIR: 05/19/2017         PIR: 05/26/2017                                

PIR: 04/07/2017       PIR: 04/14/2017      PIR: 04/21/ 2017        PIR: 04/28/2017 

PIR: 03/03/2017       PIR: 3/10/2017        PIR: 03/17/ 2017        PIR: 03/24/ 2017        PIR: 03/31/2017

PIR: JANUARY 2017 (for all PIR Dates in Jan 2017)     PIR: FEBRUARY 2017 (for all PIR Dates in Feb 2017)

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: September 2016 (for all PIR dates in Sept 2016)      PIR: October 2016 (for all PIR dates in October 2016)

PIR: August 2016  (for all PIR dates in August 2016)

PIR: 07/08/2016        PIR: 07/15/2016         PIR: 07/22/2016         PIR: 07/29/2016

PIR: 06/03/2016       PIR: 06/10/2016         PIR: 06/17/2016         PIR: 06/24/2016        PIR: 06/30/2016  

PIR: 05/06/2016         PIR: 05/13/2016        PIR: 05/20/2016         PIR: 05/27/2016 

PIR: 04/01/2016        PIR: 04/08/2016         PIR: 04/15/2016         PIR: 04/22/2016         PIR: 04/29/2016     

PIR: 03/04/2016        PIR: 03/11/2016        PIR: 03/18/2016         PIR: 03/25/2016

PIR: 02/05/2016        None 2/12/2016          None 2/19/2016         PIR: 02/26/2016 

PIR: 01/08/2016         PIR: 01/15/2016         PIR: 01/22/2016         PIR: 01/29/2016 

PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2015

PIR: 12/04/2015         PIR: 12/11/2015        None 12/18/2015       None 12/25/2015       PIR: 12/31/2015      

PIR: 11/06/2015         PIR: 11/13/2015          PIR: 11/20/2015         PIR: 11/25/2015 

PIR: 10/09/2015         PIR: 10/16/2015         PIR: 10/23/2015         PIR: 10/30/2015 

PIR: 09/04/2015         PIR: 09/11/2015         PIR: 09/18/2015          PIR: 09/25/2015        PIR: 10/02/2015 

PIR: 08/07/2015         PIR: 08/14/2015         PIR: 08/21/2015          PIR: 08/28/2015       

PIR: 07/02/2015         PIR: 07/10/2015         PIR: 07/17/2015          PIR: 07/24/2015       PIR: 07/31/2015           

PIR: 06/05/2015         PIR: 06/12/2015         PIR: 06/19/2015          PIR: 06/26/2015 

PIR: 05/01/2015         PIR: 05/08/2015         PIR: 05/15/2015          PIR: 05/22/2015       PIR: 05/29/2015  

PIR: 04/03/2015         PIR: 04/10/2015         PIR: 04/17/2015         PIR: 04/24/2015                

PIR: 03/06/2015         PIR: 03/13/2015         PIR: 03/20/2015         PIR: 03/27/2015                  

PIR: 02/06/2015         None 2/13/2015         None 2/20/2015          PIR: 02/27/2015        

PIR: 01/09/2015         PIR:01/16/2015          PIR: 01/23/2015          PIR: 01/30/2015                  

PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2014

PIR: 12/05/2014         PIR: 12/12/2014        None 12/19/2014         PIR: 12/31/2014

PIR: 11/07/2014       PIR: 11/14/2014         PIR: 11/21/2014         PIR: 11/26/2014      

PIR: 10/03/2014         PIR: 10/10/2014         PIR: 10/17/2014         PIR: 10/24/2014          PIR: 10/31/2014    

PIR: 09/05/2014         PIR: 09/12/2014         PIR: 09/19/2014         PIR: 09/26/2014  

PIR: 08/01/2014         PIR: 08/08/2014         PIR: 08/15/2014         PIR: 08/22/2014         PIR: 08/29/2014  

PIR: 07/03/2014         PIR: 07/11/2014          PIR: 07/18/2014         PIR: 07/25/2014

PIR: 06/06/2014         PIR: 06/13/2014         PIR: 06/20/2014      

PIR: 05/02/2014         PIR: 05/09/2014         PIR: 05/16/2014          PIR: 05/23/2014         PIR: 05/30/2014  

PIR: 04/04/2014         PIR: 04/11/2014          PIR: 04/18/2014          PIR: 04/25/2014   

PIR: 03/07/2014         PIR: 03/14/2014          PIR: 03/21/2014         PIR: 03/28/2014         

PIR: 02/07/2014        None 02/14/2014        None 02/21/2014         PIR: 02/28/2014      

PIR: 01/03/2014         PIR: 01/10/2014         PIR: 01/17/2014          PIR: 01/24/2014         PIR: 01/31/2014 

PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2013

PIR: 12/06/2013        PIR: 12/13/2013        None 12/20/2103       None 12/27/2013 

PIR: 11/01/2013         PIR: 11/08/2013        PIR: 11/15/2013        PIR: 11/22/ 2013         PIR: 11/27/2013 

PIR: 10/04/2013         PIR: 10/11/2013        PIR: 10/18/2013        PIR: 10/25/2013             

PIR: 9/06/2013           PIR: 9/13/2013          PIR: 9/20/2013          PIR: 9/27/2013               

PIR: 8/02/2013           PIR: 8/09/2013          PIR: 8/16/2013          PIR: 8/23/2013          PIR: 8/30/2013                  

PIR: 7/03/2013           PIR: 7/12/2013          PIR: 7/19/2013          PIR: 7/26/2013      

PIR: 6/07/2013           PIR: 6/14/2013          PIR: 6/21/2013          PIR: 6/28/2013 

PIR: 5/03/2013           PIR: 5/10/2013          PIR: 5/17/2013           PIR: 5/24/2013          PIR: 5/31/2013 

PIR: 4/05/2013           PIR: 4/12/2013          PIR: 4/19/2013           PIR: 4/26/2013

PIR: 3/01/2013           PIR: 3/08/2013          PIR: 3/15/2013           PIR: 3/22/2013          PIR: 3/29/2013

PIR: 2/01/2013           PIR: 2/08/2013         None 2/15/2013          None 2/22/2015

PIR: 1/04/2013           PIR: 1/11/2013          PIR: 1/18/2013           PIR: 1/25/2013 

PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2012

None 12/7/2012         None 12/14/2012        PIR: 12/21/2012        PIR: 12/28/2012  

PIR: 11/02/2012         PIR: 11/09/2012          PIR: 11/16/2012        PIR: 11/21/2012         PIR: 11/30/2012

PIR: 10/05/2012         PIR: 10/12/2012         PIR: 10/19/2012        PIR: 10/26/2012               

PIR: 09/07/2012         PIR: 09/14/2012         PIR: 09/21/2012        PIR: 09/28/2012         

PIR: 08/03/2012         PIR: 08/10/2012         PIR: 08/17/2012        PIR: 08/24/ 2012        PIR: 08/31/2012      

PIR: 07/06/2012         PIR: 07/13/2012         PIR: 07/20/2012        PIR: 07/27/2012              

PIR: 06/01/2012         PIR: 06/08/2012         PIR: 06/15/2012         PIR: 06/22/2012         PIR: 06/29/2012   

PIR: 05/04/2012         PIR: 05/11/2012         PIR: 05/18/2012         PIR: 05/25/2012                            

PIR: 4/6/2012             PIR: 04/13/2012         PIR: 04/20/2012         PIR: 04/27/ 2012    

PIR: 3/2/2012             PIR: 3/9/2012             PIR: 3/16/2012           None 3/23/2012          PIR: 3/30/2012

PIR: 2/3/2012             PIR: 2/10/2012           PIR: 2/17/2012           None 2/24/2012 

PIR: 1/6/2012             PIR: 1/13/2012           PIR: 1/20/2012          PIR: 1/27/2012  

PIR Alumni GROUPS - 2011

PIR: 12/2/2011          PIR: 12/16/2011          NONE  12/9/2011       PIR: 12/ 29/2011       NONE 12/23/2011

PIR: 11/4/2011          PIR: 11/11/2011          PIR: 11/18/2011           PIR: 11/23/2011  

PIR: 10/7/2011          PIR: 10/14/2011          PIR: 10/21/2011          PIR: 10/28/2011   

PIR: 9/1/2011            PIR: 9/9/2011              PIR: 9/16/2011            PIR: 9/23/2011           PIR: 9/30/2011 

PIR: 8/5/2011            PIR: 8/12/2011            PIR: 8/19/2011            PIR: 8/26/2011           

PIR: 7/1/2011            PIR: 7/8/2011              PIR: 7/29/2011            PIR: 7/15/2011           PIR: 7/22/2011                           

PIR: 6/3/2011            PIR: 6/10/2011             PIR: 6/17/2011            None 6/24/2011                   

PIR: 5/6/2011            PIR: 5/13/2011             PIR: 5/20/2011            PIR: 5/26/2011                                                       

PIR: 4/1/2011            PIR: 4/8/2011               PIR: 4/15/2011           PIR: 4/22/2011          PIR: 4/29/2011 

PIR: 3/4/ 2011           PIR: 3/11/2011            PIR: 3/18/2011            PIR: 3/25/2011

PIR: 2/4/2011            PIR: 2/11/2011            PIR: 2/18/2011 

PIR: 1/7/2011            PIR: 1/14/2011            PIR: 1/21/2011            PIR: 1/28/2011       

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typically 9 weeks, however due to memorial day weekend my daughter ended up being 8 weeks.  Wait for your letter about 3 weeks after he goes in for a definite date.  However, my daughter told me about a week after my letter arrived that her date was moved up.
BunkerQB, we have a group as well PIR7/8/11 TG34-10 Divisions (219-226, 815 & 934) please add us up. Thanks much!

I know there are a number of small group for specific ship/division within a PIR date group. I think it would be easier to have them as "discussions" under the main PIR group. Of course, it's a free country. Do what you feel comfortable. Regardless, good luck to all recruits and a warm welcome to all parents, wives, fiancees, gfs. Besure to look at the info contained within this discussion.

Navy For Moms Survival Guide.

hi, I believe my granddaughter's PIR is July 22 also. I recieved her box yesterday. I haven't recieved the letter. She arrived at bootcamp on May 25th. I recieved the call, that she had made it and she would call again, in three weeks.

scroll up, click on PIR 07/22/2011 - join the group. Look at info on survival guide. Good luck.
Why isn't ship 11, Division 204 listed for PIR June 17th?

I can't remember why I did that either. I should probably take out the "ship" si?


Thanks so much for clearing that up.  I was really confused by the "ship" (or lack there-of).  I thought it was just me......=/


I am writing this to let everyone know about my experience with the Quality Inn in Waukegan Illinois at 619 S Greenbay Road in Waukegan and the manager "Nicholas".  On May 26 I called to make a reservation for two rooms and was given a confirmation number.  Within an hour or so I called back and spoke to Nicholas and explained to him that I needed to cancel that reservation.  He said okay and that he had cancelled the rooms and that was all I needed to do.  I asked if I needed anything else and he said no that he had taken care of it.  My reservation would have been for June 16 through June 20.  I received my credit card bill and discovered that he charged my credit card on June 17 for $59.00 and a charge of $69.00.  I called and explained to him that I had cancelled and he asked for a cancellation number.  I explained to him I did not have one as he did not give me one.  He said without proof he would not withdraw the charge.  I asked to speak to his supervisor and he said that he did not have one that he was the "owner" and that he does not answer to anyone.  So please be very careful before making a reservation with this hotel or if you cancel your reservation make sure you get a cancellation number.  Better yet let's put the word out that he is doing this.  I wonder how many other Navy families he is doing this to or has done it to?????


Blueyes, please post this in the PIR Reference Information Group also. They are making a mistake in treating our Navy families that way. I normally fax something to a hotel or motel if they tell me a confirmation number is not needed.

You might also post something under "blog" on the above menu bar. Feel free to start a new discussion under the Forums, Pass In Review category - maybe with something like.


There is a second group for the August 26 PIR and the other group formerly known as PIR 8/26/2011 now seems to be for just Divison 270, DIV 270 (PIR 8/26/2011),The other group is PIR 8/26/11.  They were formed the same day and both have over 20 members.  You probably need to adjust the link above.

Hi, thanks. I'll do that tomorrow. I was letting them resolve which group was going to be the the overall PIR.


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