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: APRIL 28, 2017 TG 25 - 5 Divisions (133-136 & 925) 4 guests
PIR: May 5, 2017 TG 26 - 9 Divisions (137-144 & 926) 4 guests
PIR: May 12, 2017 TG 27 - 9 Divisions (145-152 & 927) 4 guests
PIR: May 19, 2017 TG 28 - 9 Divisions (153-158, 812, 813 & 928) 4 guests
PIR: May 26, 2017 TG 29 - 9 Divisions (159-166 & 929) 4 guests
PIR: June 2, 2017 TG 30 - 11 Divisions (167-176 & 930) 4 guests
PIR: June 9, 2017 TG 31 - 12 Divisions (177-186, 814 & 931) 4 guests
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 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
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.
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.
I can't remember why I did that either. I should probably take out the "ship" si?
OK. DONE! YOU GUYS ARE SOOOO GOOD. :)
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.
PIR HOTEL FEEDBACK: QUALITY INN IN WAUKEGAN, IL. WILL CHARGE YOUR CREDIT CARD AFTER CANCELLATION OF RESERVATION.