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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 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).  

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 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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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Moms of Daughters 2


Moms of Daughters 2

A place to come to for support, guidance, to ask questions and share stories. We are all proud of our Navy Daughters.

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Latest Activity: Mar 25

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Discussion Forum

Care packages for new graduates (a school)

Started by Cali's mama. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Mar 19, 2021. 3 Replies

Looking for current information for my daughter on what's allowed for care packages..idk if it matters that she is in the great lakes location or not..ship 7 div 136...lonely mom with confused tears lol

Bootcamp arrival Sept 8, 2020??

Started by Stephanie0725. Last reply by Shoosh Oct 5, 2020. 4 Replies

Hello! Got the call that my daughter made it to bootcamp quarantine last night 09/08/2020.  Looking for other moms out there on the same timeline. Sadie is my baby, only daughter, and only child in the military.  I think I am going to need lots of…Continue

PIR DATE: December 13, 2019

Started by Donita. Last reply by Donita Nov 5, 2019. 5 Replies

Anyone else’s recruit have a PIR date ofDecember 13, 2019?Continue

Arrived at boot camp October 2nd

Started by Donita. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Nov 5, 2019. 26 Replies

Hey everyone- my daughter left for boot camp October 2nd. I missed a call from her last Friday telling me that her graduation is December 13th. I feel like the worst mom in the world for missing her call. Really didn’t expect her to call so soon but…Continue

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Comment by Wendy on September 17, 2021 at 4:51pm
Thank you Anna, very helpful!
Comment by Anna on September 17, 2021 at 3:44pm


You got some good advice on places to research for hotels.  It's been many years since my daughter's PIR and then after that I lived in the Waukegan area. But with all that's gone on in our country in the past year and 1/2 I wonder how many places have changed from what they were.  We stayed in a nice Sleep Inn close to the base.  Do keep in mind that traffic in and around that area on the day of PIR can be insane.  Not only do you have all the extra visitors trying to get to base that morning but you also have several large businesses in that area and the traffic can really back up quickly.  Always build in a little extra time for that.  Also, back when I lived there the cars would be lined up to get on base before the gate even opened and you do have to go through security, so that creates a time delay also!!! Even if you take a taxi or a shuttle you will still all be in the same traffic!!!  Just info to help you be prepared!!!!   After you've gone through PIR feel free to give an updated perspective on how things went!!!!

Comment by Wendy on September 17, 2021 at 11:00am
Thank you everyone!
Comment by Chipmunk on September 17, 2021 at 8:17am

Wendy - be sure to check out K⚓ 's post on the BC Mom group as to where she stayed. She just posted it this morning. 

Comment by Chipmunk on September 16, 2021 at 5:42pm

Hi Wendy - If you have not received your form letter yet, you might want to go ahead and print out the security form - only 2 visitors are currently allowed, they must be 2 weeks I believe past their 2nd Covid shot and you must bring your Vax card as well as ID with you to pick up tickets prior to PIR. Masks are mandated the entire time on RTC. 

As B'sNukeMom said there has been some discussion on hotels recently. I agree with JayDee659 that it might make a difference if you have your own transportation or not. We stayed at the cheapest, closest hotel but I don't know that others would be comfortable with it and that was 4 years ago, so I hunt for hotels on Google Maps or even AAA triptik online. I don't think you have to have a membership to look for hotels nearby your route and many of them will have prices listed. 

I would also stay with a motel that you are comfortable with, and you may always call the motels that are on the brochure and speak to someone at the front desk. I find that when I travel, if I get ahold of someone and talk to them, it can give me a first impression of their hotel. I don't recommend calling around check in or check out time as those are usually busy times and phone calls are not always answered. 

Keep in mind that we have had almost 1 1/2 years with no PIR so there is very little being discussed other than from just our last few families who have been to GL recently and I don't know how some of the hotels have faired through the shut down. 

Comment by JayDee659 on September 16, 2021 at 5:04pm

Hi Wendy! It's been 6 years since my daughters PIR. We stayed about 1/2 hour away at a Comfort Inn. We drove and had our own transportation. Whether or not you have your own transportation may affect where you want to stay. You might want to look on a travel website and pick a name brand hotel that you are comfortable using.

Comment by Wendy on September 16, 2021 at 4:57pm
Thank you! I did see the brochure, just wanted to know if there was any personal experience and / or opinions. Anything would be helpful. Thank you again.
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 16, 2021 at 3:34pm

Hi Wendy - Hooray for letters!

Here's the link to the most recent travel brochure put out by RTC:

RTC Brochure

Also, be sure to ask your question over in the boot camp group as this is discussed there too!

Comment by Wendy on September 16, 2021 at 2:58pm

Hi everyone!  Well I finally got a letter and a phone call...AND a second letter today.  I just found out (haven't received a form letter yet) when graduation is.  I called the Lodge and they are already booked.  Any recommendations on where to stay?  I want to be as close as possible, but I want it to be a decent place too.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Comment by Chipmunk on September 8, 2021 at 10:05pm

Mustangmom65 - Since you are friends with Wendy, try clicking on her Avatar (picture) below. It will take you to her profile page. Below her picture it should say, Send Message. If you click on that it should allow you to create a private message to send to her. 


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