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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)

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**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).  


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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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Headed to Japan

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anti M Oct 10, 2012. 7 Replies

My son is going to be stationed in Japan and I was just wondering if any other mom's have kids over there and what they took with them and how long it takes for snail mail to reach them.  Thanks!Continue


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Letter came today......ship-07 Div 160.......anyone else?

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 3:13pm 3 Comments

So excited to get the letter and Graduation date!!!!!!

The box has arrived!

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 2:46pm 11 Comments

I have to say I was shocked to see the box on the porch!  He just got to GL on 3/28/12.  Didn't smell to bad and I didn't cry until the dog crawled in the box like he was looking for him.  So, now i'm sad.

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At 4:43pm on August 20, 2013, BethD said…

I am trying to figure this site out, I seem to be commenting everywhere not sure if it's in the right spot.  I would love to get togeher, I'm only 7 miles from Louis Joliet Mall....I'm home during the day too we could meet up at the mall one day if daytime is better for you than Saturdays.  If you'd rather chat on facebook you can friend me, my name is Beth Engberg Donofrio

At 7:39pm on July 30, 2013, BethD said…

Hi Cheryl.....

I would LOVE to get together some time and chat about Navy life!  I'm in Bolingbrook so we are not too far at all from eachother. Whereabouts in Joliet are you? Do you work during the day or are you home?



At 1:35pm on July 8, 2013, Sharla said…

Hi Cheryl!  Will be glad to answer Texas questions, but it's a huge state and it depends on where she'll be?  I'm in SETexas near Houston, will she be in Corpus?

At 6:23pm on July 2, 2013, Anna said…


I see you joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!  We are a close, friendly, supportive group of Moms and look forward to getting to know you and your sailor.  I see you have a son serving and your daughter will be leaving for boot camp soon!!  I also have a son and daughter serving, and another daughter who recently became a veteran!!!  Please feel free to jump in and join our chats.  You can ask any questions you may have, talk freely about your feelings, fears or concerns, or just chat about life.  We are all in different phases of our daughters Naval careers and we are always there for each other!!!  Let us support you when you're missing her, lend an ear when you need to vent, and celebrate with you when you want to brag!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!

At 4:09pm on June 20, 2013, Peggy R said…

Hi, Cheryl!  I sure miss Hannah.  Her anticipated PIR is August 9th.  Does your daughter have a ship out date yet?  Is your son active duty or reserves?  Hannah enlisted as reserves to make sure it's what she wants to do.  She wants to serve, but her recruiter said reserves is a good way to start.  Are there other Joliet moms that you get together with once in a while?

At 2:43pm on July 11, 2012, Thetwoj said…

Oh boy don't I know it. LOL, we've been caught in a loop already and he hasn't even left home yet. We are back on track now and hopefully everything is going to be fine from this point forward. My sailor is going to BC on the 26th, he signed up for the Apprenticeship Program, which I hope is a good thing. He wants to do something with electronics, possibly sonar. At first we thought he was put in to a sonar apprenticeship, but no its the PACT. I think he will also be doing A School at GL. Or at least I hope, it's nice being this close to them. I'm having loss issues already. LOL!


I think we should try to schedule something soon, it would be great to meet all the local mom's. I'm free past this weekend. Look at your calendar and we can pick a date and let everyone else know from there.

At 1:05pm on July 11, 2012, Thetwoj said…

You can do friend requests on here! LOL, see how new I am! Nice to meet you Cheryl, my name is Jackie.

At 7:21pm on March 29, 2012, carols_kitchen said…

Glad you already found the IL group.  Still, here's the official welcome :)

(Excuse me for being late in my welcomes.  Have been off the computer more than usual of late.  This comes with hugs.)


Hi and Welcome. 

We are happy to have you on the Navy for Moms site.  You are invited to join either the Illinois or Missouri family page as listed below.  It is a great way to find families in your area and even help plan meet and greets. We also have some packing parties for our troops overseas getting together.

Looking forward to hearing from you in one of our groups!

Be sure and let me know if you have any questions!

PS.  Feel free to “cruise” my page and see if there are any other groups that interest you. One of my passions is supporting our deployed troops.  Check out and see if it is a group you may like to join.


At 12:10pm on March 29, 2012, AngiePNMx2 said…

HI there!

 I see that you are from IL....we have get togethers everys often....there might be one in in your area soon!

here is the link to IL families






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