This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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PIR---(Pass In Review) (500)

Discussions Replies Latest Activity

PIR 10/25/19

I am so excited!  Booked a room at the Navy Lodge. They said we can change to reservation up to the date of check in. 

Started by PattyRN

0 Sep 9, 2019

Graduation Spot

So my son wrote me and said his graduation spot is 009. Can anyone explain to me what that means? Kinda lost

Started by LuvMyBoy

1 Sep 6, 2019
Reply by justmylittleloves

Shuttle or car?

We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express on Lakehurt drive (yay for friends who work for IHG!). Would you recomment going by car or sh…

Started by AndromedaVegas

4 Jul 30, 2019
Reply by Dana

My Experience PIR September 7, 2018

We arrived at Great Lakes mid afternoon on Thursday prior to PIR. We picked up our tickets at the Welcome Center. It was busy but we only w…

Started by ach98

15 Jul 25, 2019
Reply by Three3Boys

PIR guest list

I understand how the guest list works for the ceremony and that our recruit will have to write the names down. However, his recruiter state…

Started by Daisychild

3 Jul 24, 2019
Reply by lemonelephant

Did not receive PIR letter but have the tentative graduation date and division

I talked to my son and he is scheduled to graduate on the 14th, but he said he did not send out the form - he had teeth pulled and may not…

Started by Maryann

1 May 8, 2019
Reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet)


Can anyone recommend hotels for PIR. I am new to all of this.

Started by Jussurfin2

9 Apr 28, 2019
Reply by catsknit

PIR 5/24 anyone?

I got the letter!!!! And we have a ship and division assigned.

Started by RNnavymom

22 Apr 16, 2019
Reply by ellen0502

Sarge's Meet and Greet

Our family lives about 12 hours from NRTC. I am wondering about the Sarge's Meet and Greet. I know we won't be able to see our sailor at th…

Started by Honey and Pops

2 Feb 21, 2019
Reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet)

Question regarding Hotel stay for PIR for SR who is leaving to San Antonio next day

Hi There I have a General question regarding Hotel stay.  I booked a Hotel near GL base for graduation.  If my daughter is leaving the next…

Started by Momof3

21 Jan 9, 2019
Reply by LSU~Navy~Mom


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