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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Great Lakes, IL Naval Station


Great Lakes, IL Naval Station

Anyone who has a loved one attending Great Lakes, If anyone has any info on graduation,Breaks or anything thats going on there please let us know! Or for answers come chat a bit!

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 113
Latest Activity: Aug 15, 2023

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Discussion Forum

boot camp to A School

Started by Terri(Machinist Mate Mom). Last reply by Tiffany Aug 2, 2010. 5 Replies

Cupcakes Ahoy!!

Started by SherryETWife Jul 21, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by Clarks1fan Ship 14 Div 259 on August 29, 2012 at 8:45am

Does anyone know how to get an address of my son's ship in A school? I am looking for something like they showed us for their bootcamp addresses.

Comment by SR Dunn's Mom on August 24, 2012 at 12:10pm

Got my questions answered!!!! Apparently my son don't want his step mom there either because he did not put her name on the list of guests!!! I LOVE MY SON!!

Comment by SR Dunn's Mom on August 24, 2012 at 1:22am

I have lots of questions!!! This is my first time doing this and my ex-husband my Sailors dad is keeping all info from me. Well not really him but his wife. All the information was sent to HIS house and not mine so I'm so frustrated and upset and dont know what to do? Should I call my sons recruiter and ask? I don't want to wait till the last minute to do what I have to! I NEVER missed a football game or a wrestling match in my sons 18 years. NO WAY will I miss this! 

Comment by dolphinkiss2005 on July 16, 2012 at 4:53pm
Hello! I'm new to the group. My husband is currently on his 3rd deployment and still stationed in San Diego, but we recently bought a home in the Great Lakes, IL area. (Suburbs of Chicago). My husband will be transferring to Great Lakes this winter! The kids and I decided to go on ahead and move up here though. I'm looking to make new friends in the area.
Comment by navy25 on July 28, 2011 at 12:56am
Hi Wendy3650, its a pretty exciting experience for the Families bring plenty of tissues. If you have not booked a room yet you can try Navy Lodge Reservations(800)628-9466 Local#(847)689-1485 they are the closest hotel to the base not even 10 minutes and its clean safe family oriented and they even give you what they call Breakfast to go which its convinient when you have to go so early in the morning for PIR.Just make sure you mention that your son is graduating PIR so that you can get the discount back in Oct. 2010 it was $65 a night.They are also close to the Nex where with your Sailor you can get some food Its like a mini market most rooms have a small fridge and microwave.Make sure you have comfortable shoes depending on where you get to park in base you might have a walk dress could be NICE CASUAL thats what we did since it was Oct we did wear pantsuits. Make sure you print out your Parking Ticket before you leave home and make sure you bring extra copies with you because youll always needed for going in and out of base after PIR to drop your Sailor (thank God I had extras because I misplaced my first one) Very important make sure each person who is going to go to PIR has their Goverment ID/like a license or passport or they wont be allowed in.Youll see the DIV#s when you walk into the area it looks like a big hanger room with bleachers try to sit in front of your DIV Section in the middle section of bleachers we sat to low fotos not great but if u have a good camera they say its better a bit higher.Once PIR Ceremony is over Youll be able to give your son ONE BIG HUG Enjoy!!!They will be wearing their white uniform probably just have with you a small white towel with you for when you go out with him he can sit on so he keeps that Uniform clean. If you want you can bring his cell,computer and one set of his favorite clothes in case only inside of hotel room if he wants to be comfortable.There is alot of restaurants in the area or close by if you have a car with you just ask hotel staff.About 30 minutes or so there is a big mall Gurnee Mall and a Movie Theater and a Restaurant Rainforest pretty cool.It depends on your Sailors status if you get to see him after PIR if he stays at GL you should if he is GRADnGO thats different.
My son is done at Great Lakes with ASchool and will be going to his New Base soon in Sept. Good Luck and Enjoy Let me know how it went.Navy25
Comment by wendypcolamom on July 13, 2011 at 9:58am
My son is currently @ GL with PIR of 8/5/11. I'm so looking forward to graduation.  Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated!
Comment by Mama Bear on February 10, 2011 at 5:53pm
Hello, Our son just had PIR this last friday. He will be staying at GL for EN A school. If anyone has any info. I would very much so appeciate it. Thank you.
Comment by Suzanne-Sailor Mom on January 17, 2011 at 4:58pm
There is a group for those who have recruits graduating March 4, 2011. Group PIR 3/4/11.  Come join us!
Comment by Tracy JCIII Mom on January 9, 2011 at 1:02pm
Got my son's box on Friday.....waiting patiently for his address and PIR date!! He left on 1/4/11....
Comment by AKmygirl21 Div051 Ship07 on November 20, 2010 at 7:01pm
That's good to know. If I don't hear from her tomorrow, I will call him on Monday. Thanks,

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