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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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  • Female
  • Great Lakes, IL
  • United States

Kim's Friends

  • RACW(Ship02/Div932/PIR6/22)
  • mn navy mom
  • Cait_J
  • KatrinaB*Navy Girlfriend*
  • Zanga-mom (CVN 75)
  • rluv76-ship09/div144
  • Fishingurl04
  • FCSN Reed's Mom Div 155 -5-18-12
  • TraceJ
  • jbr0001-USS Harry Truman-VAQ 130
  • Annette  GM3 Mom
  • louisianamom (ship 02 div 922)
  • Katze90210 (3/113)
  • aml - Ship 02 Div 928 PIR 5/25

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A little about me:
I am 45 a mother of 2 boys. 21 and 19. My husband is a mmc. We live in Great Lakes Illinois, right next to boot camp. I currently am not working.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it

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At 12:34pm on May 20, 2012, mn navy mom said…

Hi Kim. My son graduated this weekend(5/18). He will be staying in GL for A school and he said he could come home over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Befroe the family gets their hopes up too high I was wondering if this true or not?

At 8:02pm on April 17, 2012, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Kim, I think you sent a message to the wrong Pat! My sailor is fine! LOL!!

At 1:56pm on April 7, 2012, rluv76-ship09/div144 said…

Thanks for the friend request! I got a call from my daughter this week.It was nice to hear from her..Looks like you have a lot of sailors in your family. you must be proud!

At 12:16pm on March 30, 2012, christinex013 said…

Kim, I spoke with my husband today and he said your son and him are bunkmates!

At 1:35pm on March 28, 2012, christinex013 said…

Kim, I;m so glad my husband has a friend! I was able to speak with him on Monday and he told me he hated it. He told me that their division lost their mail privilege this weekend so they won't receive any letters until this Sunday. I haven't received any letters from my husband yet besides the form letter. I'm hoping for one this week. I'm holding up okay. We just recently got married so its a little weird being in the "honeymoon phase" without him being here! Sean will be going to Pensacola as well after bootcamp. He is an IT. What is your son's job?

At 8:11pm on March 19, 2012, Anna said…


Thank you for the friend request.  I'd love to get together and meet you and learn all about your sailors.  I will send you a private message with my cell phone #.  How long have you been at Great Lakes?  I've only been here since September.

At 9:52pm on March 14, 2012, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Kim, Welcome to Molly's Adopt A Sailor! You can find more information about what we do on Molly's group page. Go the right side of the page below the members pictures and click on "New Moms Read First." If you need help or have questions, don't hesitate to send me a message! Thanks for joining us! You are going to have fun and make some terrific friends.

I hear rumblings of a meet & greet in Schaumburg around April 21. I will let you know when I hear more details.

It was so nice to talk to you the other night! Call if you need a friendly ear!!! Pat


At 3:26pm on March 10, 2012, carols_kitchen said…

Kim--Our son has been in for 4 years, too.  Pat L & I met when our kids were in a little over 6 months.  Sailor just left our house after a week's visit, which was great.  The Navy has been the best choice he ever made.  He re-enlisted last year.

At 9:25pm on March 8, 2012, Pat L. in IL said…

Kim, Oh honey, we have all been where you are right now. Just know that we have all come through it just fine (moms and sailors). The hardest thing for a mother to do is to let go. This will be a good thing for your son and at graduation (PIR), you will be so proud of his growth as a sailor and as a man. My son has been in the Navy for 4 years now and last Friday he re-enlisted for 4 more. While I miss him terribly, he loves what he is doing and has had so many opportunities to see the world! Don't ever forget that we are all here for you! Pat

At 9:34pm on February 29, 2012, carols_kitchen said…

Hug that future sailor for us, ok?  You've got our support and appreciation for sharing your family with the Navy.


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