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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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.



Where to Go in Chicago!


Where to Go in Chicago!

For anyone coming to to visit your Sailor in Great Lakes, one of the biggest questions everyone has is: Where do you recommend we go for (fill in the blank)?

I was born in raised in Chicago and the suburbs and for those of you who don't know, I work at the base (10 years as of May) but please know I am not here in a professional work capacity, I am here as a volunteer helping to make sure everyone has the correct information. I have been on this site under various names for 10 years since May 2008. (Various names because a few times someone has ticked me off on here and said, "Screw this site! Only to return a few days later. Oh, hush. I haven't quit in quite a few years now.)

Thus, I have a lot of knowledge of Chicagoland (which describes Chicago and all its suburbs) as do other fine ladies on this site who also live in the area.

Some ladies might live in the suburbs and frequent the city more than I do, even though I actually live in the city, and can offer suggestions that I'm not even aware of. Some may have vast knowledge of the communities surround the base; I have some but this idea here is to have a spot where locals can contribute.

I wish for this to be a group where you can come to get suggestions from locals on restaurants, events, commuting tips, shopping, and especially all ethnicity offerings for area restaurants.

This is a work in progress and I will continue building on it every day and welcome all to contribute if they also have been here and recommend something in a particular category.

Location: Chicago!
Members: 52
Latest Activity: Mar 10, 2020

Discussion Forum

After PIR Itinerary

Started by BoogiesMom. Last reply by BoogiesMom Jul 26, 2018. 6 Replies

My Son's PIR is 8/10/18, and because he won't be leaving for A School right away, we get all weekend with him.  Friday after PIR will likely be Pizza and naps in the Hotel Room, but for Saturday and…Continue

Tourist Attractions

Started by Hikergirl. Last reply by SunflowerLynn Jul 23, 2018. 1 Reply

Hi, we are looking for cool things the kids would want to do ththats not going to cost us 50-100 a person. Any advice? Continue

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Comment by Phoenixmom on December 5, 2018 at 2:06pm

We ate here and a few other places but loved this one.

Restaurant Menu | 847-360-7460 | Captain Porky's | Wadsworth, IL ...


Address: 7105 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031

best pizza pie.

Comment by NAVYMOMK on December 5, 2018 at 1:47pm


Comment by daisysdca on November 5, 2018 at 5:15pm

Hooyahsuzy  where is the best coffee house in Chicago? Mine is requesting coffee with almond milk and wants to go straight to a coffee shop :-) And please don't say starbucks :-) 

Comment by AZNavyMom00 on July 21, 2018 at 10:16pm

Hooyahsuzy - Many thanks for putting all this together, so many great tips. I grew up outside of Chicago but in 2000 moved to Arizona, so there’s a lot we don’t know about so much anymore.

Comment by Phoenixmom on July 21, 2018 at 10:07pm

I know when we went to my Sons PIR I thought it was beautiful the plants looked so fake they were real, so green. Had to get use to the driving and roads but it wasn't to bad. And I have to say we did take a tour in Chicago and we went downtown rode around the University, so many nice neighborhoods. We had to look for the building that had gargoyles, it was a daughter thing. Lol. I cannot imagine the cold nor would I be able to handle it. Us desert rats have thin blood. Lol. But great job on this. Kudos to you!

Comment by Phoenixmom on July 21, 2018 at 9:36pm

Hi Hooyahsuzy, this is a great site. Thank you for putting this together ma,y will get good use of all the info. I will have to announce it on BCM. Thank you.


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