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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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Hi, My son is ship 09 div 206 with a PIR date of 061711, looking for other families.  We are not familiar with the Great Lakes area, and will be traveling from San Diego, CA.  Look forward to getting to know our navy "family".  ~Kathleen

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Hi Kathleen

We have a group for Ship09 Division206

please join us :)


My husband is also in that ship & division. Have you started looking for a hotel or booking travel yet? We're only coming from Michigan, so I'll drive, but I haven't looked into where to stay yet!

Kathleen & Mkwatros  Quite a few of us have booked reservation at Residence Inn Chicago Waukegan/Gurnee S oak Dr, It's about 3 miles from the base. I have my room reservation and have book flight today.


Mynavyguy - Our reservation is at the Residence Inn, too!  Where will you be traveling from?


My son is in this div and we will be driving from Maryland. We will be staying at the Days Inn for 60 a night and it's 1 mile from base.

I hope to get to meet other moms. have you gotton a call?



Hi Chris,

Yes, I received a call on Monday (5/16).  Quite a surprise and so welcomed that I cried.  Barron (my son) said that the division passed a test and the RC told them they could make a call. 

Hope to meet you at PIR, or the "meet and greet" on 6/16.  How long does it take to drive from Maryland?  We are flying in from San Diego, CA.



Thank you for letting me know I still have not gotten a call. And it will take us 13 1/2 hours but I don't mind.For us it's cheaper to drive then fly.I miss My son so bad. How long were you able to talk.



Hi Chris,

We talked for at least 15 mins.  My 9 year old daughter was home from school and she too, got to talk with him.  He was relaxed and not in a hurry.  I almost missed the call because I did not recognize the area code and let it go to voicemail.  When he called again in 5 minutes I decided to pick up.  Glad that I did.

How old is Sean? 


Hi to all,

My son is in this group and we are coming from MI to see his graduation. We will be at the Ramada.

His brothers and dad are coming also.


Has anyone come up with things to do Friday I am not sure what to do?

There is a big mall in Gurnee. There is a museum on base and my SR said there was a store there also

.What motel are you staying at??? They can go back there with you to relax maybe swim or play games, take the xbox along.


We are waiting to see how the PIR unfolds, leaving it open to what our son wants to do.  Only 4 days, look forward to meeting everyone!!


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