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.




Chicago Mom's

Location: Tinley Park
Members: 68
Latest Activity: Jul 27, 2022

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Comment by 1StepForward on July 27, 2022 at 1:44pm
Hello ladies! New RTC mom here. Hoping everyone's experiences have been good to excellent.
Comment by Navywhaler96 on November 23, 2015 at 1:22am
Hi anyone around?
Comment by Pat L. in IL on November 8, 2014 at 2:53pm

Couple other things to remind you of:

#1 - Want to do something REALLY fun on Thanksgiving? Join us at the Villa Park VFW to feed 200 Great Lakes Recruits! Be sure to be there by 9AM when the busses will arrive.

#2 - Help fill Christmas stockings for the troops at my house in Carol Stream on November 15 at 10AM.

Comment by Pat L. in IL on November 8, 2014 at 2:49pm

HOLIDAY SHOPPING! If you do any online shopping, please consider joining these groups and designating Molly's Adopt A Sailor as your charity:

#1 - - They donate 0.5% of your purchase back to Molly's.

#2 - - This site has 100's of stores to shop. Each store will donate a different % back to Molly's.

Get your Christmas shopping done and Molly's gets a donation. WIN-WIN situation!

Thank you!

Comment by Pat L. in IL on October 27, 2014 at 7:44pm

Almost time for the annual packing party to fill Christmas stockings at my house in Carol Stream. November 15 at 10:00AM. Please bring some goodies that will fit in a 16" stocking. Send me a message for address and any questions you may have. Thank you! Pat

Comment by Pat L. in IL on October 4, 2014 at 9:30am

Leach73, Oh geez, am I jealous!!! Have a great time!

BTW, mark Nov. 15 on your calendar! Navy Moms packing Christmas stockings at my house! More details later!

Comment by Theresa on October 3, 2014 at 10:21am

Wish my daughter was in Norfolk! So much closer! Next Sept she'll be stationed in Japan!! So not happy about that!!! :(

Comment by Leach73 on October 3, 2014 at 10:17am

Pat L.

just wanted to share with you the great news that we will be going to Norfolk to see our Sailor! I am having the same feelings I had the weeks leading up to PIR!! So anxious and excited!

We will be there for Family Fleet day on Oct. 18th!!


Comment by Pat L. in IL on September 29, 2014 at 10:53pm

MOMS! We have a new way to help raise funds for Molly's Adopt A Sailor! Go to and choose Molly's Adopt A Sailor as your charity. Over 1500 stores to choose from and a % comes to Molly's

Get your holiday shopping done and support Molly's! WIN-WIN!!! Thank you!!

Comment by Pat L. in IL on September 19, 2014 at 7:27pm

Theresa, We seem to be pretty much in the same boat!! (pun intended) In the spring, my sailor will most likely be going to Guam for 2 years. Told him he better plan on using Skype!!

Not to worry, we will all be just fine, if not a little bummed at times. This is EXACTLY why we have our Navy Sisters to support us!


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