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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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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skywatcherchicago commented on William's group 'Great Lakes A School Q&A'
"Sandy - our son said that they are now on a completely different side of the Base and are not allowed to go back to RTC area. I am sure that their new commanders will be able to answer any questions."
Nov 11
skywatcherchicago commented on William's group 'Great Lakes A School Q&A'
"astc - our son is an FC. I asked him to double-triple confirm about Christmas time off as well as zero time at TG. He said he'll find out all about it this week back at GL. Either way, I think he still has to submit formal request for time-off.…"
Nov 11
skywatcherchicago commented on William's group 'Great Lakes A School Q&A'
"Sandy: Not sure if this will help, but our son just graduated Nov 8th. He said they won't actually start A school until January, and that he'll have 10 days off at Christmas (but no time off Thanksgiving - too soon).  What will they…"
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Have 2 siblings who served as well as father & both grandfathers. Son attended Naval Academy High School & is at Boot Camp now.
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Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
At Boot Camp now
When I heard “Navy,” I...
had concerns or fears
The Navy offers opportunities that...
Provide skill development, responsibility & collaboration.
Our Navy experience so far...
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At 11:30pm on October 30, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Since you have a Sailor, you can change "At Boot Camp now" above to “Enlisted.” 

If you get an error message, then look at the area/s in the error message and unclick all of the choices in the area/s and make choices closer to the question/s. Some choices may have changed since you joined.

At 3:42pm on October 1, 2019, Sushicat242000 said…

It depends on what Phase they are. Mine is Phase 3 so he can stay overnight and we can sign him out. He can bring friends for the day as long as they are at least Phase 2. 

At 12:35pm on September 25, 2019, STP0203 said…

Nice.  My son called only for getting some information about my family. I wish he can call me and just tell me how he is doing......   I can imagine my son didn’t spend the allowance and put it in saving account.  LOL. 

At 9:26am on September 24, 2019, STP0203 said…

Hi, my son’s PIR is also 11/1.  I haven’t heard anything from him besides the form letter.  Have you got any from your son yet?

I am wondering how my son is doing.  This site is very helpful but also I am wondering about my son whenever I see someone’s comments saying “ my son failed test” etc.  I wish I can call him and talk to him......   I just keep writing letters to him....

We can see them in 4 1/2 weeks!   I cannot wait.  

At 7:18pm on September 17, 2019, ByFaith said…

HI there!  Thanks for the welcome, trying to learn how to navigate this site lol  I dont' know yet what he's doing after this... 

At 9:02pm on September 12, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Join AECF - FCs and ETs; your recruit will discover his rating while in BC, usually near the end of BC. "A" School is in GL, so you will also want to join GL A-school momsYou can also check out the Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes Facebook Page. 

The Rating Information Card for AECF can be found at has an error in the number of weeks for ATT; it should be 9 weeks instead of 11 for FC and 11 weeks rather than 119 weeks for ET.) The Rating Information Card for Electronics Technician (ET) can be found at and the one for Fire Controlman (FC) can be found at you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.) has more info for you on AECF; has info on ET; and has info on FC.

You will be able to enjoy extra time with your Sailor following PIR. Plan to leave late Sunday or on Monday if you are able to do that. (See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.) 

TRAINING SUPPORT CENTER GREAT LAKES STUDENT HANDBOOK has some info for you. It was revised 15 April 2019. 

At 12:49pm on September 10, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to!   

We ask that our members not use a last name or email address in their Username - even if it differs from their Sailor's - so please head to “Settings” on the main page right away to set your new Username (be creative!) and add a profile image (no last names visible) to complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.  

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas.

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question.  

This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you.  We look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  

Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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