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 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 - America's Navy and 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."

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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Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)


Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

To everyone with a loved one at RTC or soon to be there, we say, "Welcome!"  To those who are sticking around after PIR to help those who are just beginning this awesome journey, we say, "Thank you!"

This is a place to talk, ask questions, and share stories. It is our desire that this Group will provide the information, encouragement, and support you need while your loved one is at RTC in Great Lakes. Enjoy your time here and feel free to Comment and join in the Discussions. Be sure to check out the "Pages" to the right, located under the pictures of the Members, especially OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile), (Click "View All" to see all of them.)

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Answers to Common Questions

Are there any official RTC sites?

Yes, check out and They will have lots of information for you. also has items at times. has pics of some of the recruits who give blood while at RTC. Those donations occur about 2 weeks (10 to 16 days depending on the division) before PIR.

You may also find pics in

RTC will stream PIR live at beginning at 8:45 am CST on the day of PIR for those who are unable to attend in person. (Once PIR has passed, you will be able to see the video at If the one you want is not there, then click on a PIR video and then change the date in the URL to the date you want. You will have to change both the numerical date and the written out date in the URL. For example, if you want the video for the March 3, 2017 PIR date, then change to


Can recruits take anything to BC with them?

Recruits should go with what they have on their backs, their cell phones, and not much else. (See Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for RTC.)


What will the first day be like at BC?

See Arrival and What Happens at RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works.

How long is the "I'm here!" call and when will s/he be able to call again?

See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.


I got my recruit's address from the recruiter. Can I trust it?

Double-check the address the recruiter gave you against those at, but we strongly encourage you to wait on the form letter before sending mail to your recruit since the address provided by the recruiter prior to that can be wrong up to 11 business days or more after the recruit's arrival if the recruit failed the first attempt at the run and then passed (or failed) the second attempt and was ASMO'd to a different division (or to SEPS) or if RTC needed to move recruits for some reason. Sometimes a form letter is not mailed by accident and if it has been at least 3 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at RTC and you do not have a form letter, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit since the address in the system should be the correct one at that point, but be sure to double-check the address against those at or Ship/Division--How it Works


Posted March 19, 2020

Effective immediately, the U.S. Navy is suspending all Recruit Training Command (RTC), in Great Lakes, IL, and Officer Training Command (OTC), in Newport RI, formal, large-scale graduation ceremonies until further notice as part of its proactive approach to protect our mission and limit the potential spread of COVID 19.


When will the Form Letter come and what is in it?

The Form Letter will arrive in your regular mail around nine to fourteen business days after the recruit's arrival at RTC since it is not mailed until a division’s 1-1 Day of Training, which takes place after your recruit has taken and passed the run portion of the Baseline PFA, which is on or about the fifth business day after arrival (later if the division that your recruit was tentatively placed in upon arrival did not fill until a later date). See Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training (FIT)You can find a copy of the current form letter in the Page, The Form Letter. The brochure that is included from MWRGL about hotels and other things is at RTC Friends and Family Brochure October 2017. The form letter includes your recruit's address, so now you can mail out all the letters you have been writing. There is more on this in Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

The Form Letter will also tell you the date of PIR, so you can start making plans for your trip. There are many hotels in the area and there is information in the grad pack and on this site about them. If you fly in, renting a car will make your life easier. Also, if you are flying, some airlines, such as Southwest, will allow you to change your flight without a charge if something happens, so you do not have to book refundable tickets.

How long should I plan to stay in the Great Lakes area?

Arrive at least the day before PIR so you can pick up your ticket/s for PIR and also attend Sarge's Meet and Greet if you wish to do so.

If your Sailor's "A" School or training is in GL, then plan to leave late Sunday or on Monday. If your Sailor will be flying out, then plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday to have the most time with your Sailor. (This may need to be adjusted if PIR is not on Friday.) See Saving Money PIR Weekend and PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.


Plan to arrive the day before PIR so you won't risk missing PIR and go to Sarge's Meet and Greet from 5 pm to 10 pm the evening before PIR at the Lakehurst Event Center (go to to RSVP). Sarge has a taxi service and he is a wealth of information. His cell number is 847-212-0246. His Meet and Greet and services have been getting great reviews. Find Sarge on N4M as OldSarge.


Once you know your recruit's PIR date, be sure to join the group for that. PIR groups are posted on the Comment Wall below once they are created. 

Who can attend PIR?

Your recruit will indicate the names of up to four guests who will be permitted to receive tickets and attend PIR. RTC may change that to three guests if there is a large TG. Children ages 2 and under do not need a ticket to attend PIR, but a copy of the child's birth certificate may be presented in order for the child to attend PIR. The names of the guests will be listed on the Security Access Form. Your recruit will send the Security Access Form with The Form Letter and it will need to be completed fully and returned to your recruit. if you do not receive The Form Letter, then you can download the Security Access Form and complete it and send it to your recruit, but your recruit has the final say on who will attend PIR.


GUESTS SECURITY ACCESS FORM: If you are going to be attending the graduation ceremony, you will need to fill out the security access form, which is included with your form letter. Return the form to your recruit according to the instructions. 

ONLY YOUR RECRUIT CAN CHANGE THE GRADUATION CEREMONY ACCESS LIST: Your recruit will be able to make changes to the access list throughout training. The last opportunity to make changes will be the week before graduation. If there is a change to be made to the access list (such as a name spelled incorrectly, name-swap, etc…) please communicate any changes to your recruit by mail. Recruit Training Command staff cannot change these names or release the names of those on the list. Please do not call for additional seats!

The form can also be downloaded by anyone from the website, but only the recruit has final say-so as to who will be invited. Those names are submitted and those names will be printed on tickets. All of those guests attending must be present with ID to pick up the ticket in person. No exceptions, no swapping of tickets, no changing of names during final week of graduation.

If you are attending a graduation ceremony, you MUST personally obtain your ticket, you cannot pick up tickets for others. Tickets will be distributed at the Recruit Family Welcome Center, located inside the Navy Exchange Burkey Mall, Bldg. 3452, 2650 Green Bay Road Great Lakes, IL 60088 

Additional information on ticketing is also available at (See

Once you receive your ticket, please DO NOT lose it, as this will be the only ticket you will receive. These tickets are not transferable and are serialized to each graduation attendee. If you do not have a ticket, then you will not be permitted access to the base.

The Recruit Family Welcome Center will be open on the following days and times: Thursday [10:00 AM to 7:30 PM], and Friday [5:30 AM to 8:00 AM]. ***Certain federal holidays may require adjusting days and times. Please refer to the command website for those specific updates***

Please plan accordingly so each person listed can check in to receive a ticket for the graduation ceremony. Again, if you don’t have a ticket you will NOT be allowed entry to the base. Tickets will only be issued to those guests who the graduating recruit has verified will be attending. 

Driving on to base.

Driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance or rental car agreement and graduation ticket must be ready to present to security at access points. Everyone in the car ages three and over must show their ticket to graduation. If someone in the car over the age of two does not have a ticket, they are not allowed through the gate, no exceptions.

  • NO cell phone usage while driving on base! 
  • Seat belts are required for all drivers/passengers at all times
  • Motorcycle drivers/riders MUST have proper protective clothing/equipment such helmet, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and over the ankle hard-soled boots.
  • Recent graduates are prohibited from operating motor vehicles, including motorcycles, and are NOT allowed to be a passenger on a motorcycle.

See for the Frequently Asked Questions.

What will happen PIR weekend?

See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend and

USPS Informed Delivery - Sign up and receive an email from the US Postal Service showing what mail you will be getting each day (if available in your area).  

Informed Delivery®

Be sure to check out the Pages to the right (under the pictures of the Members) for additional information. (You will need to click "View All" to see all of them.)

Donna is no longer active on the site. Several others who have begun this journey before you are here to help. (Donna, we are forever thankful that you started this group that continues to help so many.)

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Comment by NOLA-Mom 3 hours ago

Congrats Samantha! I know that feeling. It’s like you’re walking on air for hours after they call. 

Phoenixmom- so sorry to hear about everything go on in your neck of the world. I haven’t heard about our schools being closed for the year but can only imagine it will be coming soon if it’s happening there. I have 2 boys still home and the older one is a senior and doesn’t know what’s going to happen. He had prom paid for but doesn’t look like that will happen either. And my youngest is an athlete and has more energy than any person should have,... so needless to say he’s going crazy being licked inside! 

Northwoodsmom & AuntiM- LOVE these stories; that is too funny. 24 would definitely have been disturbing!! I can relate , not to Donnie but I absolutely loved Joe from New Kids on the Block! I wanted to go to Boston so bad! Life was so simple back then,... boy what I wouldn’t give for a week without any worry like back then,,

Comment by Samantha 3 hours ago

Good Evening everyone! I got the 3 week call last night just before 7 pm. My apologies for not letting y’all know dinner but I was so euphoric that it slipped my mind! He said his division has earn quite a few flags and they got no Hits on their folding inspection. That must mean something good because he was very proud. The words just flooded from his mouth. His he passed everything in with some sinus issues: PT 60 push ups, 50 sit ups and 12 min mile and a half, swim and the academic test missing 3. It all seems like he is thriving but I still worry.  
I hope he calls again next week but he was not sure the next time we would get to speak. He loves all of the letters and ask for more so we asked to whole family to send something. I hope they answer the call. He is also getting me names of others that are not receiving anything and ask if we could fill their void. 
Just like many of y’all I miss his bear hugs and quick wit, but beyond proud of his calling to serve. BNMH to everyone!

Comment by Phoenixmom 6 hours ago

Todays Daily Bread:

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
– Psalm 103:17-19

To fear the Lord is to have a proper understanding of who God is, his power and ultimately his great love for us. The Psalmist here connects this understanding, this fear, with obedience to God’s Word. We have God’s love (and so will our children’s children!) when we are obedient to what he asks of us and commands us. It is interesting that the passage says we must “remember to obey”. We are so prone to forget! We can be thankful that, for those that are in Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit in our life now gives us the remembrance and the power to obey God’s commands and live fully in his love.

Comment by Phoenixmom 6 hours ago

Hi All, a bit late coming on, Had a rough day yesterday and today.....Got word that our schools will be closing for the rest of the year, Our poor kids are going stir crazy, there is only so much you can do indoors, Now as of tomorrow at 5pm everyone is to remain indoors unless still working grocery shopping or something to that matter if not you can get fined. This is really crazy as I am learning this was man made? And here we are not ready for this? will the United states be ready for the next disaster? This is really Concerning.

Anyways tired of thinking of this virus now it has ruined any chances of my Bud to come home...….I'm just really distraught about this.

Utah sounds so Beautiful......Going to start getting Hot here in AZ not ready for the Heat.

Hope you all are doing great and keeping busy!

Comment by Anti M 7 hours ago

Yeah, pretty much just a house, although there was a fenced side pasture or field/big yard.  About the same time, 1972ish.

Comment by Northwoodsmom 10 hours ago

AntiM believe it or not my parents from Wisconsin drove me to the Osmond Ranch, which really wasn't a ranch just a house in Ogden. I never got out of the car though, I can't believe how much they must of loved me to do such a crazy thing. That was back in about 1973. Utah is a beautiful state we went on a family trip every year. We were at the Temple also even though we aren't Mormon it was a moving experience.

Comment by Anti M 10 hours ago

LOL, 13 or 14 .... not 24.  Which would also be disturbing.

Comment by Anti M 10 hours ago

Bryce Canyon is one my my favorites too, so beautiful and ethereal.

When I was 15, my neighbor had a crush on Donny, her room was papered in his picture torn from Tiger Beat, even the ceiling. I think she was 13 or 24 years old.

One Saturday, her mom drove us to North Ogden and dropped us off outside the "Osmond Ranch". She assured me she'd been there before, they were friendly and we could just go knock on the door.  I was terrified.  No one was home. She (I don't remember her name), found a burn pit by the road and dug around in it, gifts from fans.  She kept a burned ring and a couple other things.  Then she hopped the wooden fence by the pasture and went through some boxes by a shed.  She came back with a pair of tighty whities, she said just had to be Donny's, because she knew his size from the magazines.  I thought they were his brothers' outgrown underpants.  Her mom came back and when we got home, the girl was modeling the underwear over her clothes for her mom's friends.  I thought they were both nuts.  What mom just drops her girl off at a stranger's place, even famous strangers?

Comment by Northwoodsmom 13 hours ago

Anti M In the 80's I worked at Zion National Park out in Utah, I was in Love with Donny Osmond at the time and found myself out there and got a job for the season. Donny soon faded when I fell in love with someone else. It was a wonderful place to spend a summer, I still think my favorite was Bryce Canyon. It was almost like being in a fairy tale. Anyway it was one of my fondest memories and the people there were very thoughtful and kind. Just wanted to share.

Comment by Anti M 15 hours ago

Stupid typo, "world religion".  


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