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Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

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ALUMNI OF PIR 03/22/2013 TG 19 - 11 Divisions (121-130 and 919)


ALUMNI OF PIR 03/22/2013 TG 19 - 11 Divisions (121-130 and 919)

This Group is for those that have sailors who graduated Boot Camp on 03/22/2013. A place to keep up with each other as your SAILORS journey continues.

Location: Great Lakes, Illinois
Members: 93
Latest Activity: Mar 23, 2017

WELCOME to PIR 03/22/2013! PLEASE See the PAGES section for Informational Posts about BC and PIR. PAGES is underneath the Members Photos. PLEASE scroll down this page here to find the Comment Box to post a reply to the PIR GROUP.

N4M's Community Guidelines

~OPSEC OPerational SECurity, is always of the utmost importance.

~N4M’s also has Community Guidelines just like any other social media.

~Please take the time to read the OPSEC and N4M’s Community Guidelines.

~A quick note here, from the N4M’s CG’s:

• Don’t Jeopardize the Safety of Our Sailors: Remember OPSEC (Operational Security) (Don’t Sink Ships With Loose Lips) This site and all content posted on it are viewable to everyone on the Internet. This doesn’t mean you can’t share things about your Sailor – but too many details can put Sailors in harm’s way. The following are examples of red flags and should not be shared within this community either by posting or sending via a Group message:

• Sailors’ last names. This includes your username if you share the same last name as your son or daughter.

Some Suggestions:

~If your last name is different from your Recruits it is still not recommended for you to use in your username for your own personal security. This is your option. It is also not a good idea to use an email address as your username for personal security reasons.

~First Names and pictures of your Recruit are allowed but remember, everyone can see it and someone can easily match them up with their "mom". So you might want to consider changing your profile picture to not include your Recruit at least for the duration of BC. Again, your option

~It is also a good idea to make your settings for your Profile Page "viewable only to your friends".

Discussion Forum


Started by Melissa Olson. Last reply by beachlover Mar 27, 2013. 1 Reply

^^^^Carpooling from the Airports^^^^

Started by diannep. Last reply by ktw0715 Mar 18, 2013. 1 Reply

Honor Recruits Family Members

Started by Jersey Sam Mar 12, 2013. 0 Replies


Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Mar 7, 2013. 0 Replies


Started by diannep. Last reply by vacanita Feb 26, 2013. 2 Replies

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Comment by CatMom509 on March 19, 2013 at 6:47pm


CONGRATULATIONS to all the new Sailors and safe travels for all to Great Lakes and back!!

              "You have made known to me the path of life;

               You will fill me with joy in Your presence,

               with eternal pleasures at Your right hand."

                                                                 Psalm 16:11

Comment by diannep on March 19, 2013 at 4:18pm

Thanks for posting all of the info, BeachBunny!!!

Comment by diannep on March 19, 2013 at 4:18pm

Congrats to the new sailors of 919/125/126! 

And...they truly are exhausted since being up from early yesterday morning, but they get to "hit their racks" a couple of hours early tonight!

Comment by vacanita on March 19, 2013 at 3:57pm


Comment by ChambosMom on March 19, 2013 at 3:48pm
Very very trud. 919 calls coming through. We just received ours from our son. He was exhausted. They had been up all night......
Comment by vacanita on March 19, 2013 at 3:35pm

DIV 919 getting calls.  ALERT, ALERT.

Comment by BeachBunny on March 19, 2013 at 12:24pm

Just got in last night from a wonderful long weekend in Great Lakes. What a great experience from the Meet n Greet, PIR, two days with my sailor, exploring Chicago and meeting some of the sailors and families.

My personal comments of the weekend…thought they might help you too..

PIR: Sarge gave plenty of parking options at his MnG,  but it was pretty easy to park in the main parking garage and a short walk(100 yards) right into the visitor center. The car line was a little confusing to get into the gate because some were lined up at the main gate on Illinois. The PIR gate is the next gate at Ohio St; the drivers were sitting on the road before the gates opened. We passed both lines went to the next signal made a U-turn to head the opposite direction of the line. When our light turned to make a left turn into the Ohio St gate, we by passed a lot of the line. Once the gates opened everyone flowed into the hall pretty good. We put our blanket on our seats and got coffee and took turns saving our spot. We walked thru the Navy Museum and looked around the hall. We sat against the wall in front in the lower section right in front of our division, which was great because I’m short and stood most of the time and wasn’t in anyone’s way but the wall… The Navy showed some videos on the screens and had a couple of groups doing expedition drills to watch which helped the time to go by pretty fast. Then the big rolling doors opened up…..:)))

When bringing our sailor back to the base or picking up the next morning, you’ll use the Illinois St main gate. Which puts you right at the NEX and a big parking lot. Have your gate pass and ID’s ready. Even my 13 year had a State Id card, so she got into the PIR, back on base and at the airport with no problem.

I finally did master driving around Chicago. Tolls were pretty easy to master and cheap. Toll from Midway or O hare to Great Lakes was $1.90 each way. The toll going north has a toll booth for the cash side with a person to give change. Toll into O Hare heading south from Great Lakes does not; you’ll have to have the exact amount of change to throw into a bin. If you get off the highway to get a treat or gas you’ll have to pay the toll at the exit booth in the exact change. Use the Forest Oasis exit that has no toll exit because everything is on the exit ramp and you just get right back onto the highway. Plus the food shops sit right on top of the freeway, awesome view while eating a meal, snack or resting. Roads were in great shape for the most part. It snowed the last day we were there and had no problem getting around in our rental car. The transport dept seems to be on top of keeping everything plenty clear (plus it wasn’t a super storm). I had more problems driving in Reno in the snow then I did in Chicago..:)

USO at the Navy Pier was very helpful and welcoming to families. My sailor was getting blisters from the dress shoes and we stopped in for some band-aids. Plus it was cold and he worked on some things on the computer there and we watched part of a movie and had snacks….The USO at O Hare wasn’t as positive for families on Sunday morning, plus I woke the USO personal up when I stopped in before the sailors got there. The USO person on Sunday didn’t know about the 26 sailors coming in to fly out that morning. He banded families from the USO. We found a spot to hang with our sailor for a nice visit in another part of the airport…so it worked out.

I’m so glad we went and really look forward to more experiences for our sailor as he continues his Navy journey… to A school.:)) Have a great time!!

Comment by diannep on March 19, 2013 at 9:30am

Calls expected this afternoon from 919/125/126, we think!  Keep those phones handy because this is a very special call!  :-)

Comment by diannep on March 19, 2013 at 9:29am

power:  Your post put a smile on my face! 

Good Morning All!

Comment by power0806 on March 19, 2013 at 8:30am

So I'm on my way to work this morning on a crowded trolly.  There are the usual dozen or so people that I see every day but do not know them.  Kindly, one of them asked me why I looked so happy today.  Without thinking, I told her the first thing on my mind - I was planning on going shopping ths evening to find the biggest package of men's white boxer shorts!  I could tell she was a bit confused (and maybe a little scared) why this would bring so much happiness to someone.  Then I added that I have a new sailor and he is graduating this Friday!!!!!!!!!!!    People at work have also been making a point to find me and ask me if he passed.  They have all thanked me for his service in just getting through boot camp.  I also caught myself almost walking the familiar path to the mail box to deliver a letter - no more of that!  :)


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