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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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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GL A School Moms


GL A School Moms

for those with sailors in A school in Great Lakes, IL.

Members: 493
Latest Activity: Sep 2, 2022

Discussion Forum

What they can have at A School

Started by Azzurra. Last reply by Dena4 Apr 25, 2018. 2 Replies

Att school

Started by Pooter527. Last reply by sambam32 Sep 4, 2017. 4 Replies

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on September 2, 2022 at 11:10am

Here is a link from Great Lakes regarding their Updated Liberty Rules during PIR weekend, effective August, 2022. (Thank you Amy for sharing this with me.)  I'll post it in a few different places.

Updated Liberty Rules for GL - August 2022

Comment by HoneyLemonTea on March 6, 2020 at 11:53pm

navymom1660 - My sailor had to pick up one of the Amazon packages I sent her at the Post Office on base the rest were sent to her BEQ, hope that helps.

Comment by navymom1660 on March 6, 2020 at 1:13am

Question for anyone who has used Amazon to send to their sailor packages:   I sent 2 packages to my son.  Got a notification that one was delivered last Fri and one was delivered this Mon.  He received one package.  ( the later one)  Is this typical?  I used my Amazon Prime account thinking that it would get to him in the 2 days.  What is the mailing process?  I would greatly appreciate any info.   Thank you in advance. 

Comment by Regina126 on February 22, 2020 at 2:05pm
Mzjazzy1... my son was in division 911 so they were among the first to complete battle stations. I got my call on Monday afternoon. I know a few other parents that didn’t get calls until Wednesday afternoon or Thursday.
Comment by Mzjazzy1 on February 22, 2020 at 1:42pm
THANKS For sharing!
Comment by navymom1660 on February 22, 2020 at 11:49am

Mzjazzy1, your SR will be exhausted after battlestations.  Here is a link with more info

.  My son's division was the very last one to complete it.  We didn't get the "I"m a sailor" call until the evening before graduation.  We were in Chicago already.  Need to be patient.  Remember, no news is good news.  My son's PIR was huge with 16 divisions so I knew I had to be patient.  Expect the call the week of PIR.  A good group to join on Facebook is Navy RTC Bootcamp and Beyond.  I got so much wonderful and helpful info from many moms.  You'll see all the posts of " Got the call of I'm a Sailor" and then you'll know you should be getting yours soon.  Glad to help and you'll be able to pass along the info to a new mom as well :) 


Comment by Mzjazzy1 on February 22, 2020 at 8:15am
Thank you so much for all of your much helpful information @navymom166, regina126 and Juliejn...I’m so excited!!!

Do you guys remember what day they actually did Battlestation 21 and what day I should expect the I’m a sailor call?
Comment by Mzjazzy1 on February 22, 2020 at 8:15am
Thank you so much for all of your much helpful information @navymom166, regina126 and Juliejn...I’m so excited!!!

Do you guys remember what day they actually did Battlestation 21 and what day I should expect the I’m a sailor call?
Comment by juliejn on February 22, 2020 at 2:57am

Thank you Regina126 and navymom1660!

Comment by navymom1660 on February 21, 2020 at 5:58pm


My husband and I were able to drive on base and park right in front of my son's new barracks (ship).  We had to stay in the lobby while he dropped off his stuff.  We even went to the MWR ( I think it stands for Moral, Wellness and Rec.) .  It was very impressive to see they have a bowling alley, movie theater, small restaurants, arcades and lots of activities for our sailors to sign up for.  If you can drive your sailor to their new ship, I highly recommend it. 


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