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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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Navy Lodge Great Lakes

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Navy Lodge Great Lakes

Time: December 30, 2014 to May 2, 2015
Location: Navy Lodge Great Lakes
Street: 2500 Meridian Drive
City/Town: Great Lakes
Website or Map:
Phone: 847-689-1485
Event Type: lodging
Organized By: beverly
Latest Activity: Nov 11, 2015

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Stay at Navy Lodge Great Lakes for a great PIR experience!

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Comment by jj'sproudmom on February 22, 2015 at 8:22pm

getting ready to leave on that jet plane~~ PIR 2/27/15 sooo excited to see my SR!!! 

Comment by Marixi on February 11, 2015 at 11:50pm

Do I have to wait until a certain time before PIR before I can book?

Comment by Caroline on February 9, 2015 at 9:35am
For those concerned if your sailor assigned to A school at GL can visit, please see my photo of message I received this morning.
Comment by ncnavymom53 on January 5, 2015 at 9:41pm

Thank you Beverly, so many conflicting reports. Hopefully we will get a call from our SR to put this all to rest. I have booked another hotel just in case things end up differently. Thanks again for your information.

Comment by beverly on January 5, 2015 at 6:20pm

The new Sailors are permitted to visit their family at the Navy Lodge, but not allowed to spend the night.  I have verified this information with the Command. 

Comment by ncnavymom53 on January 3, 2015 at 9:07pm

We are staying at the Navy Lodge, my son told us thru a letter that his "A" school is in Great Lakes my question is this: I have heard that the Navy does not allow your new sailor to visit this hotel if he is staying to go to "A" school. Is this true?? If so I will need to make reservations somewhere else. Please help

Comment by Ethan's Mom on December 26, 2014 at 5:22pm

Just booked our room for February 6th PIR!

Comment by fordfamily on November 13, 2014 at 3:38pm

Looking forward to our stay November 24th thru November 28th. 

Comment by suustsu on November 8, 2014 at 6:27pm

We are all stoked and cannot wait for our stay from December 30 to January 2. 

Comment by AuntMeghan on October 28, 2014 at 1:06pm
Cant wait we are looking forward to our stay November 6th-9th.

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