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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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Andrew leaves for Boot Camp

Event Details

Andrew leaves for Boot Camp

Time: January 14, 2013 all day
Location: Louisville Kentucky
Event Type: andrew, leaves, for, boot, camp
Organized By: Drew_Navy_2013
Latest Activity: Jan 15, 2013

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Event Description

We are not for sure if he checks in the night before but Andrew is scheduled to leave for Boot Camp on January 14, 2013.

Comment Wall

Comment by Baker on January 15, 2013 at 3:01pm

As soon as you get the form letter from your sailor listing his address etc, let the letter writing commence. They do have restrictions on letter sizes, so standard letter size with no perfume on it. I was in the Air Force and when I got letters from home and it made me realize people do love me. 

Comment by sailsetter on January 15, 2013 at 2:16pm

ok to start writing letter now and when you get the address to mail them off. welcome StephenC

Comment by Baker on January 15, 2013 at 1:56pm

It is exciting for our sailors. Frightful for the parents. NavyforMoms helps deal with the frightful part. I believe this site and NavyDad's has helped keep our acts together. As soon as you get your sailors address start writing letters. Letters from home always lift the sailors spirits, ours too.

Comment by sailsetter on January 15, 2013 at 11:42am

simplyproud welcome aboard and hang on for a wild ride. You have come to a good place to get questions answered and your heart supported. 

Comment by simplyproud on January 15, 2013 at 1:08am

My son leaves for Boot camp tommorow. Already saud our goodbyes. I miss him already


Comment by momof4 on January 14, 2013 at 8:15pm

Memo- Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be doing a little walking. Remember to have fresh batteries. I had mine mixed up and had to resort to my phone when my batteries died. Be sure to have Chicago style pizza. We went to Giordano's. Yum. We were lucky she flew out on Sunday so we had an extra day. But my friends' son left on Saturday and they met at the airport and took him to downtown but returned in time for his flight.

The next couple of days will be crazy. You'll get a brief call when he arrives. And I MEAN brief. 15 seconds or so. In a couple of days you'll get that kid in a box. I laughed when I opened it and found her panties all twisted. Found out she had barely any time to change. She lived in the "smurfs" for about a week. She said they stank like #@*. This from a girl who showered sometimes 2'x in a day. You'll get those letters in about 4 weeks. Mine came on Wednesdays. They are mailed out on Sundays. Be sure to write at least every other day. She told me one time she "needed" a letter from home and she didn't have any mail. Boy, did I feel bad. I was busy and others said they were writing. Don't count on it. It hurt my heart. Remember some letters may be great and others may sound sad. Keep Positive for your SR.

Your son has decided to be part of the best Navy in the world. Be proud!! We're proud of all these kids and we are proud of your son. Thank you!! And welcome.

Comment by Baker on January 14, 2013 at 3:24pm

Looking ahead. There are Meet and Greets (MNG) around the Great Lakes area the day before your sailor graduates-Pass in Review (PIR). They are free except for the bar. We went to Sarge's MNG at the Sundance Saloon. It is not a bar but a large convention style building, nice. They do have a  contribution box to offset his costs. That is up to you. So, depending where you are staying will determine which one you go to. I tried to squeeze the time we stayed there and we were tired. I suggest getting there one day before the MNG so you will be more rested. We flew into Chicago but found the Milwaukee Airport was a better choice. (After we booked Chicago) Main thing is to get there a little early so you can rest up. Our emotions are skyhigh, even the Dad's. Not knowing what is going on is one reason. So, this is the place to be as well as NavyDads. 

Comment by sailsetter on January 14, 2013 at 10:26am

Ive been thinking about you and your SR. My SR PIRs Feb 8th/ is about halfway through BC.I know your mom heart is anxious. Im glad you found navy for moms for support and to get your questions answered. sending extra ((((hugs))) today. 

Comment by Baker on January 14, 2013 at 1:49am

I wish smooth sailing for all new Seaman Recruits (SR). Look at the video on boot camp first days. Gives you an idea of what they will be going through. Also read about Operational Security (OPSEC). Some members cannot even give their sailors real name or their own. We are in the Navy Now.

Comment by kellismom on January 13, 2013 at 10:03pm
What are the jobs that yours kids leaving this week have signed up for....MOS's (we called them in the Marines). I hear that determines the PIR date/ship assignment??

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