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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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: 67
Latest Activity: Aug 25, 2017

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Comment by Pat L. in IL on September 16, 2014 at 8:48am

Laura, It is anybody's guess when this new granddaughter will make her appearance! Mommy's blood pressure is under control right now but who knows??? Ultrasound last week showed she is 3 lbs. 12 oz. now. So don't make any plans around me. If I can be there, you KNOW I will!

Comment by Laura on September 16, 2014 at 12:33am

Hello all,

It looks like I'm going to have to host another "Best Part of the Party", party.  Appetizers and desserts only!  I live in Lake Zurich.

I have to get in as many parties as I can.  Pat, you are going to have a crazy timetable soon, with the much awaited arrival of the grandbaby. 

When is a good time for everyone?  Before the snow hits?  Before the holiday craziness? 

Comment by Leach73 on September 15, 2014 at 2:22pm

Hi Pat!! Thanks again so much for taking time out of your day to meet with me! So glad that we finally connected. I had a great time chatting with you! I can't wait to meet the rest of the moms!

Take care!!

Comment by Pat L. in IL on September 15, 2014 at 12:02pm

Had coffee with "Leach73" Saturday morning! She is a fabulous mom and a new BFF for us! You guys are gonna love her!!!

Comment by Pat L. in IL on September 6, 2014 at 9:53pm

Hi kaymarie! USS Sampson is a destroyer, right? Is he deployed now? My son is on the sub USS Pasadena homeport in San Diego!

Comment by kaymarie on September 6, 2014 at 9:26pm

Hi all! We live in the far west suburbs and our Sailor is on the USS Sampson. 

Comment by Leach73 on July 22, 2014 at 8:37am

Hello! New to this group after discovering the Illinois moms group.

Hi Pat L. - it is so awesome to see that you are very involved in lots of activities! I will be PM'ing you soon :)


Comment by Pat L. in IL on April 18, 2014 at 11:48pm

If you missed the great food at the Villa Park VFW Brunch, you have another chance!! April 27 between 11:30 and !2

Join us!!!!!

Comment by Pat L. in IL on March 19, 2014 at 12:19am

Don't Forget! Brunch at the Villa Park VFW on Sunday, March 23 at 10:00AM. LMK if anyone needs the address!

Comment by Pat L. in IL on December 30, 2013 at 9:22pm

Hi Moms, I have another fun thing to do! "Sarge" has a Meet & Greet every Thursday for the families of the recruits who will PIR on Fridays. It is at Sundance Saloon, 300 Lakehurst, Waukegan, from 5:30PM to 9PM. On January 9, he will showcase Molly's Adopt A Sailor!!! This is a really fun event and anyone who wants to come support Molly's will be welcomed with open arms!!!


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