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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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swimgirl 19
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  • Antioch, CA
  • United States

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A little about me:
I am a mother of 4 children whose ages range from 24-16. I work as a H.S. Autistic Special Ed. 1:1 assistant, and my oldest daughter decided to follow in her father, grandfather & my footsteps by joining the Navy.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
Being proud of serving my country. Learning to be self-reliant but also knowing that my shipmate had my back. I appreciated all the experiences I got to have in my job and seeing many new countries.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 11:39am on April 27, 2012, BunkerQB said…

Hi, CAT1 has a daughter on the Nimitz. Go to the SF group page and look for her comment from last week. Send her a friend request. She actually lives in So Cal but has been up here for a meet and greet. Great gal - if need any info about the Nimitz or deployment.

At 9:23am on April 24, 2012, OldSarge said…

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 over 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 30 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 38 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. We have one nephew currently on active duty with the Navy and, one nephew currently on active duty with the Army. I support our troops and 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  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 5:30 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 about. If your question is NOT found here, please feel free to call me at 847-212-0246.

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: Sarge, I heard that the Navy Lodge is also a Great Place to stay however I heard negative comments.  Answer: If you are just looking for a place to rest it’s ok.  The Navy Lodge is located on the Navy Housing Side of the base. It does not have a restaurant and only has vending machines. It is not with-in walking distance of any restaurants or entertainment. I recommend you look at other Navy for Moms comments and reviews.

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.  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 $54.00 for the cab, not per person, to any hotel in North Chicago, Waukegan, or Gurnee. From Midway or Milwaukee it is only $85.00 per cab. If you search on Navy for Moms for “Sarge” 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, I provide a free ride to the P.I.R. on Friday morning.

Question: Are there any good restaurants in the Area? Answer: There are a host of good restaurants in the area. At the meet and Greet I will tell you about them all. One restaurant is owned by a good friend of mine who is also a Viet-Nam veteran; Nick and his wife Patty provide a free meal

At 3:27am on April 11, 2012, BunkerQB said…

We have a Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbie (clickable link). You'll find everything you need to get started. Videos, PDF files of boot camp processing days, links to all the important groups plus tips on how to use this site. Keep in mind the videos and PDF files may take some time to download the first time you try it. It'll look like nothing is happening. Be patient. Best part is it'll be here on your very own page as a reference. Click the MY PAGE tab on above menubar to access your page anytime - you should do it at least once a day to see if you have any postings on your comment wall (like this one).

At 4:49pm on April 9, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions.  Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!  

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :) 


At 1:46pm on April 9, 2012, BunkerQB said…


Come and join our wonderful San Fran area group. An active group with lots of meet and greets.

Here is the link, just click on it and click +JOIN. Don't be shy - post a note and introduce yourself - we have a few newbies in the last couple of weeks.



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