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N4M GROUPS: Listed By PIR Date (Boot Camp Graduation) - Active thru July 7, 2017

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: 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

        PIR: June 16, 2017 TG 32 - 7 Divisions (187-192 & 932) 4 guests

        PIR: June 23, 2017 TG 33 - 11 Divisions (193-202 & 933) 4 guests

        PIR: June 30, 2017 TG 34 - 7 Divisions (203-208 & 934) 4 guests

        PIR: July 7, 2017 TG 35 - group just started, more to come

        PIR: July 14, 2017 TG 36 - group will be up and running soon

         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.

Recruit Training Command - Home Page

Recruit Training Command - Family/Upcoming Graduation

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.

  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)

    NEW  PLEASE SEE NEW GUIDELINES FOR GUEST FROM RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND effective as of January 1, 2013 and updated info for each PIR group.

    RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND/Upcoming Graduation - Number of Guest Allowed

  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.

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.

       BOOT CAMP MOMS

       NEW MEMBERS STOP HERE

       NAVY MEPS & DEP FAMILIES

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 - 2017

 PIR: May 12, 2017 TG 27 - 9 Div (145-152 & 927)         PIR: May 19, 2017 TG 28 - 9 Div (153-158, 812, 813 & 928) 

PIR: APRIL 28, 2017 TG 25 - 5 Div (133-136 & 925)    PIR: May 5, 2017 TG 26 - 9 Div (137-144 & 926) 

PIR: APRIL 14, 2017 TG 23 - 9 Div (117-124 & 923)     PIR: APRIL 21, 2017 TG 24 - 10 Div (125-132, 811 & 924)

PIR: 03/31/2017 TG 21 - 7 Div (105-110 & 921)             PIR: APRIL 7, 2017 TG 22  7 Div (111-116 & 922) 

PIR: 03/17/ 2017 TG 19 - 9 Div (093-100 & 919)          PIR: 03/24/ 2017 TG 20 - 7 Div (101-104, 809, 810 & 920)

PIR: 03/03/2017  TG 17-10 Div (079-086, 916 & 917)   PIR:  03/10/2017 TG 18-8 Div (087-092, 808 & 918)

PIR: FEBRUARY 3, 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            None 2/25/2011                                                             

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

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Link for January PIR groups

http://navyformoms.ning.com/group/pirjanuary2017

Link for December PIR groups

http://navyformoms.ning.com/group/pirdecember2016

Good luck. BunkerQB

I think I have joined every group but still do not know what I am doing.  My recruit's PIR is 4/14/17 on Ship 06 Div 118 and I just got his first letter Friday and phone call Saturday and he hasn't received any of our letters yet.  Anyone else's recruit on same Ship and Div

Hi All!

I just got my letter from my daughter with all of her PIR information. When will you be adding a PIR graduation for May 5th?

Thanks in advance!

Robin

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