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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Navy Speak

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



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"A stupid question first... are you sure you have his right address? That can delay m…"

Janelle~RsMom replied Sep 2, 2010 to received 2nd letter today.. worried!

14 Sep 13, 2010
Reply by alessandrabeason

"Make sure you make copies of any letters received from orthos', opthamalogists, med…"

Janelle~RsMom replied Sep 2, 2010 to Medical long do they take?

12 Jan 28, 2011
Reply by JerseyGirl418

"Carol a similar thing happened to us. My son did get our request to change a guest,…"

Janelle~RsMom replied Sep 1, 2010 to Changing family members attending PIR

8 Oct 12, 2010
Reply by joj

"You've described the Springhill Suites to a T! We stayed there for PIR in August and…"

Janelle~RsMom replied Sep 1, 2010 to What are some NICE inexpensive hotels near GreatLakes/Waukegan area?

2 Sep 1, 2010
Reply by Janelle~RsMom

"You're welcome again everyone :) Craft, that was beautiful! I am so glad you got to…"

Janelle~RsMom replied Sep 1, 2010 to PIR 8/13 ~ Our Experience

42 Dec 30, 2010
Reply by BunkerQB

"The Springhill Suites in Waukegan/Gurnee was fantastic! I highly recommend them. We'…"

Janelle~RsMom replied Sep 1, 2010 to Hotels in area

4 Oct 2, 2010
Reply by heidi_L

"Your son isn't lying to you. The Navy changed their requirements in 2009 when they e…"

Janelle~RsMom replied Aug 24, 2010 to son telling me the truth?

6 Aug 24, 2010

"Awe thanks :) You will have a great weekend! I wish all your soon-to-be sailors all…"

Janelle~RsMom replied Aug 23, 2010 to PIR 8/13 ~ Our Experience

42 Dec 30, 2010
Reply by BunkerQB

"Sorry I can get wordy ;-) I know which hotel you're staying at... it's right off 94…"

Janelle~RsMom replied Aug 21, 2010 to PIR 8/13 ~ Our Experience

42 Dec 30, 2010
Reply by BunkerQB

"He can have a basic one in boot camp, although they aren't truly necessary - they ar…"

Janelle~RsMom replied Aug 20, 2010 to Watch for PIR

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