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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.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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.

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



Navy Lodge Great Lakes

Event Details

Navy Lodge Great Lakes

Time: June 27, 2013 to September 30, 2013
Location: Forestal Village Housing
Street: 2500 Meridian Drive
City/Town: Great Lakes, Il
Website or Map:
Phone: 847-689-1485
Event Type: lodging
Organized By: beverly
Latest Activity: Nov 6, 2014

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Event Description

Stay at Navy Lodge Great Lakes as part of a great PIR experience!

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Comment by beverly on December 21, 2013 at 4:17pm

You may book your reservation and place it on a 6 PM hold.  This will hold your reservation unitl you present a method of payment. We do not charge any credit card until you arrival, however, at 6 PM on the day of arrival we authorize your card for one night's stay which holds your room for late arrival.  Please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Comment by LexiB on December 19, 2013 at 1:23pm

My boyfriend is graduating in Great Lakes and i'm going with his family. i'm in charge of travel plans however his mom doesnt get paid until january 3 while the graduation is the 24th. Do you still have rooms left first off. but how do you charge guests, while booking, upon arrival, or after the stay? i really would like to stay here because of how convenient and all of the wonderful reviews! i just dont want to have to wait until the 3rd because it will probably be all booked. let me know, thank you!!

Comment by Scribbler's Mom on September 17, 2013 at 1:42am

Arriving early Thursday Sept 26 and we are staying at the Navy Lodge. PIR the 27 for my daughter..

Comment by Kim9595 on September 13, 2013 at 9:46pm

Our SR's PIR 9/27, staying at Navy Lodge, will be there on Thursday, so excited to see him. Can't wait.GO NAVY!!!

Comment by CathyD on September 10, 2013 at 5:58pm
PIR is 27 September and we are so excited and proud! Driving in late Thursday evening.
Comment by smurfette84 on September 6, 2013 at 1:11pm

Our SR's PIR 9/27, staying at Navy Lodge, will be there on Wednesday, I can't wait.

Comment by Mmom on August 28, 2013 at 4:42pm
Our SR's PIR is 9/20/13. So looking forward to our stay at the Navy Lodge!
Comment by Mrs.C on August 26, 2013 at 6:18pm
Hi all Sons Pir September 20. Staying at Navy Lodge. Can't wait to see him!
Comment by Breezeme on August 18, 2013 at 9:20am

Yes...we have reservations for PIR and my daughter (our SRs mother) said to be sure and bring my handicap placard so I would not have to walk as far. I am so excited and can't wait to see our SR! Looking forward to meeting you all.

Comment by beverly on August 11, 2013 at 2:52pm

Parking on Base is a great option for those who are not able to walk far.  The parking lot is just across the street from the Drill Hall.

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