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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 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).  

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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



Questions answered.

I was sitting around yesterday and remembered how horribly stressed I was before my husbands PIR. I had so many questions, which I got a lot of answers to from this site (thank you!) But i thought how great it would have been to have it all in one place instead of googling everything and only getting half answers. SO, I wrote a blog about my experience. What to wear, things to do, places to eat in the area. Just things I wish I would have at least had knowledge of when I traveled to great lakes for PIR. 

My Navy PIR experience: What you need to know

In no way is this everything one would need to know, but its a start. A year ago, I knew nothing about the navy, and had no idea what to expect. I searched and searched for a blog that had this information and didn't quite find it. So I hope it helps at least one of you feel a little bit more prepared!

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Thank you so much for your blog post. My son's PIR is 12/12 and I shared your story with my daughter and my son's GF because they are both stressing about what to wear, Mom is stressing about a whole lot of other things :)

Anyway, I also shared your story with others in our PIR group because a young woman was wondering what to wear as well. Everyone is raving about how helpful it is so THANK YOU!

:)! That makes me so happy! I'm so glad you found it useful. If you, your daughter, your sons girlfriend or anyone else have any questions feel free to ask me. I traveled up there (on a fairly strict budget) more times that I'd care to admit before we got married. And I now live in Waukegan. 

Thank you EVA your Suggestions on your BLOG were awesome !!   We are heading out to GL soon and our sailor is staying so we were looking for suggestions of what to do while we are there for the whole weekend too !! 

Wow! Thank you, your suggestions were just what I was looking for. I will be heading out to see my husband for 11/21. I've never been to IL so I appreciated everything that you've shared.

I'm so glad you guys found it useful!

My son just left for boot camp, but I am thankful for your blog regarding PIR.  I can plan a few things, even thought he will be going somewhere else for A school.  thanks again the information is helpful.

Eva, you have done GOOD!

Where is the NEX located that is off base?

The off base NEX is located at 2630 Green Bay Rd, Great Lakes, IL 60088 Its right next to the Commissary.   


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