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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: July 15, 2015 to December 31, 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: May 6, 2018

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Choose Navy Lodge Great Lakes for a great PIR experience!!

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Comment by tnmom50 on November 18, 2015 at 8:20am

I will not be there in dec but I have made reservation for pir8th

Comment by beverly on September 21, 2015 at 5:27pm

The information can be corrected when you check in.  You may also call in advance to make the correction.  Allowing the parent to stay at the Navy Lodge is a courtesy and a privilege that the Navy provides for the Recruits.  

Comment by Mama3Girls713 on September 21, 2015 at 3:13pm
I booked ours in our name but did put in comments it was for PIR nut put it our name.
Comment by beverly on September 21, 2015 at 1:54pm

The Navy Lodge is a military lodging facility.  If you are planning to stay at Navy Lodge Great Lakes, then your Recruit or Sailor is your sponsor.  Therefore the reservation must reflect the Recruit's name.  All other information is yours.  The Sailor does not have to be present at check in or stop by to show when you are attending the graduation.  This is

Comment by TheRocksmom on September 19, 2015 at 6:50pm

I booked Navy Lodge for November 6th PIR, they did not mention anything about having to be booked under SR name, we all are going and I got confirmation number from them, I don't understand?

Comment by Sharon on August 4, 2015 at 10:35pm

Yes when I called initially on receiving the graduation date and lodging info I mentioned I was coming in for graduation.  I couldn't understand why they put it in if we couldn't stay.  I did call back and of course they are booked, I will try back she suggested to call back and check.  :)  Thanks for the heads up on, it is all new.

Comment by beverly on August 4, 2015 at 9:34am

The Navy Lodge rooms all have a 4 cup coffeepot.  The coffee is provided.

Comment by beverly on August 4, 2015 at 9:30am

Family and friend of the graduating Recruits are allowed to stay at Navy Lodge Great Lakes.  When you call to make you reservation, you must state that you will attend the graduation.

Comment by Mama3Girls713 on August 4, 2015 at 8:54am
We also booked at Navy Lodge in our names and are not retired Navy.
Comment by Amy L. on August 4, 2015 at 8:51am

Hello Sharon!   I had to book the room in my SR's name because it is a Navy facility but they gave me no problems and the girl at the front desk was very helpful and even told me that I needed to book the room in my SR's name, didn't say anything about being just "retired" military?  You may want to call back on that!!

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