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."


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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



PIR Reference Information


PIR Reference Information

A permanent place for information about PIR. Forum discussions have been created to serve as file folders for specific details regarding different aspects of PIR. Please post information in the appropriate forum discussion. Thank you!

Members: 2336
Latest Activity: 8 hours ago

In order to make this a reference site, please use the Discussion Forums to post information. ____________ Treat them as though they are file folders. Please use the Comment Wall to post your questions. Thank you!

Be sure to click on "View All" at the bottom and to the right of the list of discussions, so that you will see them all. YMM

Be sure to follow OPSEC rules when posting any comments. See details below. YMM

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Discussion Forum

Ship 13 Div 418 PIR 11-08-19

Started by Jarj. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Oct 7, 2019. 1 Reply

How do I find out when my son's PIR will be?

Started by momofcordon. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Jun 20, 2019. 10 Replies

Recommended Places to Stay

Started by YMM (Ship 12 Div 98). Last reply by lemonelephant Jan 22, 2019. 214 Replies


Started by Givemheaven. Last reply by lemonelephant Dec 28, 2018. 3 Replies

PIR and shuttle service

Started by Tys' mom. Last reply by MySailorDan Oct 21, 2018. 26 Replies

Time after Graduation

Started by Proudmomofmybaby. Last reply by lemonelephant May 10, 2018. 12 Replies

PIR and how it works

Started by Dena4. Last reply by Phoenixmom Dec 7, 2017. 4 Replies

whee to find pir if you have div# n ship #

Started by tnmom50. Last reply by Sunshinemom Nov 28, 2017. 2 Replies

Some helpful hint

Started by Mittmedicx. Last reply by 1robo1 Aug 6, 2017. 2 Replies

Do Sailors march into PIR by Division Order?

Started by GaNavyMom. Last reply by TessaNator⚓️ Jul 18, 2017. 13 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by lemonelephant on December 18, 2018 at 11:18pm

Tlpemp55, It is usually Saturday, but flight availability issues could result in a Sunday flight. Only your then Sailor will know for sure. See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.

Comment by Tlpemp55 on December 18, 2018 at 7:43am

My daughter is due to graduate 1/25/2018. Booking flights and hotel. Does anyone know for sure when they leave for A school if going to Pensacola FL? Saturday or Sunday?

Comment by MOMOFCMAN on November 24, 2018 at 6:32pm
Comment by Shalom on November 24, 2018 at 5:43pm
Is a group set up for PIR on JANUARY 4th?
Comment by Stbl on October 25, 2018 at 2:51pm


i just went to PIR last week. I flew in early Thursday and my sailor is attending A school in GL. Because of that we scheduled our flight for Monday. We rented a car through Costaco because we wanted the liberty to go as we pleased. I’m sure others will also pipe in with their experience so you will have more to draw on. You can also ask in the boot camp for moms group. Good luck❤️

Comment by Phoenixmom on October 25, 2018 at 2:24pm

Myjazzy I would rent a Car, you have more of the freedom to go where you want. its really not that bad driving, and many ways to bypass the tolls.

Comment by Myjazzy on October 25, 2018 at 1:49pm

One more question sounds like using Sarge versus a rental car is the way to go?

Comment by Myjazzy on October 25, 2018 at 1:47pm
Just found this site and all the wonderful information. My son is set for PIR on November 9. I had originally scheduled to fly to Chicago on Thursday, but after reading so much information is it better to come a day earlier. Also just realized since he is staying GL for A school he may have Monday the 12th off? Should I change my airline tickets to stay through Monday. Was leaving Sunday? Thanks.
Comment by Phoenixmom on May 22, 2018 at 2:28pm

Here is info on Hotels.

The brochure that is included with The Form Letter from MWRGL about hotels and other things is at RTC Friends and Family Brochure July 2017 rev.pdf. It should have some suggestions with contact information. 

The Page, Saving Money PIR Weekend, has information on hotels, transportation to GL, and more. 

The Navy Gateway Inns & Suites is located on the main base, about 1.5 miles from RTC. Only those with military IDs can access the base to stay there. or 1-877-NavyBed (1-877-628-9233). 

The Navy Lodge is located 1.9 miles off base from RTC and guests of graduation are allowed to stay there. or 847-689-1485. 

There are also hotels in Vernon Hills, Gurnee, and Waukegan.   Hotel Indigo-Vernon Hills .  Here are other places that people have mentioned I do not recommend or endorse any particular one): Ramada Inn Waukegan (some like the place and others do NOT), Hampton Inn in LibertyvilleResidence Inn WaukeganRed Carpet Inn in North ChicagoHawthorn Suites by Wyndham at Wadsworth Waukegan,  La Quinta Inn & Suites in Gurnee... That should give you some places to try. 

The discussion, Recommended Places to Stay, within PIR Reference Information may give you some ideas. Check to see what others have said about any hotel you are considering. 

Comment by Phoenixmom on May 21, 2018 at 5:26pm

PIR: May 25, 2018 TG 29 - 13 Divisions (219-226, 229-232, and 929)  

PIR: June 1, 2018 TG 30 - 10 Divisions (233-238, 813-815, and 930)  

PIR: June 8, 2018 TG 31 - 7 Divisions (239-244 and 931)  

PIR: June 15, 2018 TG 32 - 11 Divisions (245-248, 251-252, 255-258, 932)  

PIR: June 22, 2018 TG 33 - 8 Divisions (259-264, 816 and 933)   

PIR: June 29, 2018 TG 34 - 9 Divisions (265-272 and 934) 

PIR: July 6, 2018 TG 35 - 5 Divisions (273 - 276, and 935) 

PIR: July 13, 2018 TG 36 - 7 Divisions (277-282 and 936) (Keep checking and join when it is up.)


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