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.



1.Get transportation tickets, i.e. Bus, train, airline as early as possible and check the terms of travel insurance.                                                                                                                                               

2.Schedule taxi pick up at airport or train station with me and my team, once you have your itinerary. My phone # is 847-212-0246

3. Download Navy Family Guide PDF http://www,,guide,asp and gather I.D.'s as indicated. PLEASE make sure they are not EXPIRED.

4. Schedule dog and house sitters.

5. Make sure your Rx medications are enough for trip in their original bottles. You can also get a note from your dr. describing medicine you are traveling with if you don't wish to take the original bottles.

6. Notify school for children who will be absent.

7. Ask neighbors to hold mail or notify postal service.

8. Make security sweep of house, insure that windows are locked, timers are set, and car and truck doors locked, water plants, lower heat or air conditioning.

9. Check airlines regarding baggage charges and weight limits.

10. Bring cell phone chargers, laptops, and cell phones. Fully charge all phones prior to leaving home

11. E-mail/call forwarding for work if needed

12. Don't advertise on face book or other social media that you are traveling.

13. If you have a smart phone, download the INRIX free travel app. Great app to see traffic ahead of you. Don't forget EZ-PASS or GPS.

14. Carry enough cash for taxi, train, or buses. The metra train doesn't accept credit or debit cards.

15.Rental car companies in this area do not accept out of state DEBIT cards. Check with your rental car co. BEST TO USE CREDIT CARD-NOT A DEBIT CARD. Some rental car companies accept debit cards however they will put a hold on your funds and in some cases up to $400.00 and could take 4-7 days to release your funds.

16. Charge your hotel room on a credit card not a debit card. The hotels in combination with your financial institution can take up to 7 days to make your funds available after you check out.

17. If driving know the Illinois rules. See Bring copies of auto insurance declaration page if renting a car or driving. Print out GATE PASS if you are driving. No gate pass needed if using a taxi. Link for gate pass- you will need password 

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