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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Navy Lodge Great Lakes

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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 August 5, 2013 at 8:02pm

Navy Lodge Family Suites and Kitchette rooms are fully equipped with dishes, pots and pans and dish soap.  Our rooms have all bath amenities and coffee which are replaced during daily rooms service and we have coffee in the lobby. Hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, free wifi, flat screen TVs, DVD/CD players, clock radios and free newspapers are also part of the package.

Comment by beverly on August 5, 2013 at 7:47pm

When making reservations at the Navy Lodge, we request that the reservation be made in the Recruit's name.  The Recruit (military member) is your sponsor to stay with us.  All other information must be your information.  When you check in, we will ask for the Recruit's name.

Comment by ProudNavyMom2 on August 1, 2013 at 10:42pm

i made reservations on the website for 9/5-9/8/13 but was not asked for my SR name, will i need to provide that at time of check in?

Comment by beverly on July 31, 2013 at 1:50pm

We have breakfast.  We are in a transitional period.  You will have a Grab and Go breakfast which consist of pastries.boiled eggs, orange juice and granola bars.  Or, we will have changed to a continental breakfast.

Comment by Zig's Mom - carmen47 14/307 on July 31, 2013 at 3:10am

my reservations are made..8/15-8/19  cant wait to see my sailor.. 

does any one no if they have breakfast or something close by early morning.. 

Comment by beverly on July 29, 2013 at 11:37am

The Navy Lodge does not provide a shuttle.  We have a list of taxi/shuttle services that provide transporation to the graduation as a cost.  There is a hugh parking area directly across the street from the graduation hall for your personal or rental vehicle.

Comment by USnavymom63 on July 28, 2013 at 12:20pm

We booked our flight and the Navy Lodge for our sons PIR 9/13/13.

Briana helped me book it and was great.  Only question I have is if there is a shuttle to the hall from the lodge? I forgot to ask that and if not is there parking for rental cars.

Comment by julesl417 on July 27, 2013 at 10:16am

For those of you staying at the Navy Lodge.... you will love being there.  My son's PIR was on July 12th and I stayed there.  The staff is awesome and the rooms are very clean.  The location is great since it's literally around the corner from the base.  The rates are so affordable.  Congrats to all of your SRs!!!

Comment by HRRad67 on July 26, 2013 at 7:28pm
Flo'sMom, thank you so much. I was for some reason thinking that making reservations at the lodge would be more difficult. We can't wait to get there and are counting down the days!!
Comment by Flo'sMom on July 26, 2013 at 2:43pm

@HRRad67 I called yesterday to book ours for September 6. They were very helpful.  You need your SR's full name, your name and a CC to hold the reservation.  It was quick and easy!

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