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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

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Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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See the info in Saving Money PIR Weekend.

Civilians can only stay at this Navy Lodge, they allow that for special circumstances of PIR but you're right, you can't do that for any others.  Just an FYI for those not realizing that this one has different rules.

Navy Lodge is GREAT...prices and facilities...We had a great experience and TAXI service by SARGE is by far the BEST!!!

Red Roof Inn - 3031 Belvidere Rd. 1-800-416-1327 or 1800-230-4134 (listed as Comfort Inn on 2013 Navy flyer)  -  very clean from the moment we walked in.  Manager made a point of personally visiting each room to thank the new sailors for their service.  Price was very reasonable.  We had adjoining rooms which made it easy for us to feel all together.  Plenty of places to eat within walking distance which was refreshing after sitting in the car all day.  Room had been cleaned and new towels before our return from PIR.  Nice and quiet for the few precious hours with our exhausted sailor.  We were not in any big crowds including the 6:15 a.m. lineup for the shuttles.  Never felt like we were in a tourist trap - they appreciated the Navy Families and they knew this was an important weekend.  Highly recommended!

Hi Cindy, do you have a wesite or phone number for the navy lodge to make reservations?

I'm not Cindy, but you can go to https://www.navy-lodge.com/lodge_page.html?p_lodge_number=05 or call (847)689-1485. (There is more info within Saving Money PIR Weekend in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I invite you to join that group while you are there and to check out the other Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) as well.

bbj222 on February 9, 2010 at 11:38pm
The Hawthorn is great. Less the 20 min. north of the base. They have a shuttle, great place to stay.. Great amenties. Breakfast buffet and lots of extras like home.........Address is York House Rd. Great navy rates........

Navy Aunt (AF Wife) on February 10, 2010 at 12:59am

We stayed at the Residence Inn in Waukegan. I highly recommend their facility due to its cleanliness, courteous staff, free breakfast buffet,close vicinity to RTC and the shuttle service available for PIR day.

Does the Residence Inn have a exercise room and does the shuttle get there early when the gates open at 0630?

If you take a shuttle, you will want to arrive closer to 7:00 am when the Visitors Center and Drill Hall open rather than at 6:30 when the gate opens.

Cool, thanks.  If we do arrive earlier and the gates are open, do we just wait outside the Drill Hall or have to stay in the Visitors Center? 

 

You will be directed to the appropriate place.  You will start at the Visitors Center to check in.

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