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.



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

Get more a info at:

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

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Great Lakes, IL Naval Station to add comments!

Comment by AKmygirl21 Div051 Ship07 on November 20, 2010 at 6:13pm
Julia wore what she could give away so she wouldn't have anything to send back home. I wish I could say the same for the melt downs, she left Nov 16th. I don't have the ship and stuff yet
Comment by Lois in OK on October 14, 2010 at 10:50am
I found out Joshua's graduation was on Nov 24th Now I am wondering how many days he will get to spend with us. I need to make reservations at the Navy Lodge but don't know how many days we need.
Comment by Proud Mom on October 10, 2010 at 10:29am
Waiting to find out when my son's graguation is. Then we start making plans.
Comment by ShortBecky on October 6, 2010 at 7:56am
Good Luck to your sons
Comment by Lois in OK on October 5, 2010 at 2:51pm
HI all My son called last night around 11:00 he is in Great Lakes now. I guess I will be waiting for more details now.
Comment by Lois in OK on September 30, 2010 at 11:28am
I have a son that will be in GL October 4th. He is my 2nd son to go there. I am already looking forward to the Graduation and meeting more Navy Moms other people.
Comment by SherryETWife on August 25, 2010 at 4:09pm
Hello Ladies! I just wanted to let everyone know that from now on Cupcakes Ahoy! will be donating our delivery fee to Molly's Adopt-A-Sailor!
Comment by Lynn on March 20, 2010 at 9:31am
Hi Vicky, THat ma change as it gets closer to graduation. My son graduation was march 5,2010. He is staying there for A-school. He has been moved to 2 different buildings since graduation. Some left the day after graduation for A-school, some do get the week-end to see family, but, have to report back to base. they say sme times A-school will not start for a few weeks. She will get more infor.. as it gets closer. Lynn
Comment by Lynn on January 19, 2010 at 4:26pm
Are there any mom's out here ( ship 7 Div. 109 ) My son is at boot camp now. He called when he got there to let me know that he is there. I recieved his belongings on Friday. Then on saturday I recieved at letter from the Navy about the graduaton, and his address. He wrote a little note in the bottom.
Comment by Lois in OK on September 18, 2009 at 11:29am
Good morning. My son is Graduating from A-school today at Great Lakes. He has asked to go to either Guam or Hawaii after leaving Great Lakes. I wish I could be there for him today. :( :( He has put in for leave to go to a wedding in Minnesota. So hopefully we will meet him there next week.

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