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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 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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Overnight Liberty Changes For Those Staying At Great Lakes For "A" School

Started this discussion. Last reply by CryptoDad Feb 16, 2019. 1 Reply

The Navy has instituted a NEW PROGRAM for overnight Liberty for those Recruits who have graduated and are attending "A" school at Great Lakes or are here for PRE-SO Training or CS/UNASSIGNED…Continue

Tags: command, Training, Recruit

updated family survival guide

Started May 2, 2018 0 Replies

The most updated family survival guide for PIR can be found at also you can download it and print it. It is also…Continue

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Fraud Emails

Started this discussion. Last reply by Myboysmom Dec 1, 2016. 1 Reply

There has been another fraud email (Phishing email) posing as Navy Federal Credit Union. Please share with your sailors and loved ones that the Navy Federal Credit Union WILL NEVER send an email…Continue

Meet and Greet Security

Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 5, 2015. 1 Reply

In light of the recent events in Chattanooga, we have instituted a sign-in checklist for the meet and greet each Thursday. On the event pages I can not see your real name or the actual number of…Continue

Tags: Sarge's, Greet, and, Meet


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Sarge's Meet and Greet Thursday 4/20/23 at Lakehurst Event Center

April 20, 2023 from 4:15pm to 8pm
Meet and Greet update for Thursday 04-20-23 CONGRATULATIONS.Please take a moment and read this. If you would like to attend the meet and greet please RSVP at  The address is 300 Lakehurst Rd, right behind the SpringHill Suites hotel. We welcome all our families who have journeyed together to celebrate your loved one’s accomplishments.Most of you may, or may not know,  that my wife and I have been hosting the meet and greet for over 12 years now. We do this 48 times a year so our Navy Families can get together and meet with those on face book and Navy for Moms, who are in this journey together. We do not do this for profit,  we do it for you. Your contributions help us in paying it forward to the next meet and greet. My wife and I cover all the costs (from kind contributions and raffle sales from previous weeks) for the catered food, labor, cleaning expenses, and setup and breakdown of the room.…See More
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"Hi Sarge - rumor is you are starting your Meet N Greet's back up.  Is this true?"
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A little about me:
Welcome Navy Moms, Dads, Family, and Friends:

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is John Spadaro (Aka Sarge). I proudly served our country for twenty years of active duty and retired as a Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army. I have lived in the Great Lakes Area for over 36 years. Some of you may ask, why did a kid from Brooklyn New York retire in Gurnee? Well there is a simple answer. My wife of 41 years and I fell in love with this area when I was Stationed at Great Lakes/Fort Sheridan. We have seen this area change over the years for the better. I support our troops and their family members the best I can. Every year I am involved with the Adopt a Sailor program. See the photos on face book. My face book can be found by searching for "Sarge John Spadaro" I also host a FREE Navy Moms & Dads, Meet and Greet every Thursday before the P.I.R. On occasion I host one on a Wednesday when graduation is on a Thursday such as during the Christmas/New Year’s holidays. The Meet and Greet is free for all who are attending the Graduation. The meet and Greet starts at 5:00 PM and normally ends at 9:00 PM. It is more than an informal gathering. I show a short video and answer questions about the area; I also give you excellent information regarding the graduation that you won’t find anywhere else. Also I provide excellent buffet style food at my expense. The Sundance Saloon provides me the space for free. Beverages are the only thing you have to pay out of pocket. Here are some of the questions that many parents call me or email me (JOHNSPADARO@ATT.NET) If YOU NEED TRANSPORTATION to and from THE AIRPORTS please feel free to call me at 847-212-0246. I own a taxi service and we provide transportation 24/7 ANYWHERE to meet all your needs.

Question: Sarge, what is the best hotel to stay at and why? Answer: I highly recommend the Marriott Spring Hill Suites in Waukegan, or any of the other Marriott’s in the Area of Waukegan or Gurnee. The Spring Hill Suites is a modern hotel and is located in the Fountain Square shopping Plaza. It is only steps from the Sundance saloon where I host the Meet and Greet, and you can walk to restaurants, Wal-Mart, Denny’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotles, Chili’s, and Sweet Tomatoes’ and other businesses. Always check reviews before booking your hotel!

Question: How do I get from the airport to my Hotel? Answer: Be very careful – City Taxi fares from O’Hare to the suburbs will cost approximate $96.00 From Midway or Milwaukee, it cost $160.00. ONE WAY!! If you think I am exaggerating, read the Navy for Moms horror stories. However, there is a solution. I own my own Taxi service and have seven drivers on my team. Our rates from O’Hare are only $99.00 ROUND TRIP for the cab, not per person, to any hotel in North Chicago, Waukegan. From Midway or Milwaukee it is only $159 per cab ROUND TRIP . If you search on Navy for Moms for “Sarge's” you will see many positive comments about me and my drivers. As an added bonus, anyone who hires us from the airport to their hotel, we provide a free ride to the P.I.R. on Friday morning. We are a full service for both local and long distance service.
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has been positive and maturing.

Here are the RSVP so far for this week. The food will be ordered tomorrow so if you have not RSVPed please do so by 12:00 noon Wednesday at this link

267 Total 45
268 Total 22
269 Total 67
270 Total 18
271 Total 28
272 Total 37
273 Total 57
274 Total 25
940 Total 39
Grand Total 338

I suggest that you arrive early. There is no reserved seating - if you want to sit as a division I suggest you bring your own RESERVED signs with your division number on them.See the picture below. The event will be held downstairs not UPSTAIRS as the previous two weeks.

Sarge John L. Spadaro's photo.
Sarge John L. Spadaro's photo.
Sarge John L. Spadaro's photo.

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At 7:30pm on June 8, 2022, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Hey Sarge - I hope everything went well with your surgery....

At 9:08pm on November 13, 2021, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Hi Sarge - rumor is you are starting your Meet N Greet's back up.  Is this true?


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