This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.
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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.
**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).
**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED. Vaccinations still required.
**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.
RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021
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 isno 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.
This is not true at all!! I have one that is home most weekends as he is stationed close (2 hours away) When they are in school and so forth I spent time on the phone all the time with them. We have always been close and being in the navy family has made us even closer
My son is in "A" School now and is able to call, write or e-mail as often as he wants to. I hear from him often which is really nice. A friend of mine has a wonderful son in the Navy who I've been fortunate to correspond with and he is able to send e-mail even while out at sea. The Navy provides internet access for that purpose which I think is really great.
So far so good with Kyle at boot camp. Of course email would be handy, but hey, I'm going to save his precious hand-written letters home FOREVER. I don't think there is anything else to do on Sunday afternoons for them, so he's been good about writing us and his friends. He has a phone calling card and has been able to call home once so far.
I have been a Navy mom for 3 1/2 years and prior to that I was also a Marine Mom for 4 years. Boot camp is a
very tough time, maybe harder for us than them. They will go through alot and time is limited. Stay strong, and
make sure you do not miss graduation. That day is so special and trust me you will cherish this forever. I will.
I did not miss either sons graduation and it was the day I KNEW they were men. It was finally easier to let them go
and live their lives. Your job is even harder, MOM.
Thanks for sharing your story. My daughter just left on Wed and it by far has been the toughest week of my parent life. Miss her terribly and trying to find ways to stay strong. This site sure has helped with all
Leslie, That first week of bootcamp (almost 3 years ago, Thanksgiving Week), I was crying all the time. I thought I might not ever see my son again. And silence for several weeks--but then, weekly letters--handwritten and kind of formal--and then a 60-min phone call on Christmas morning. THAT was precious. We got frequent contact during the year at A school, and then, frequent visits (we live close to base) when he's in port now. Looking back, that first 2 weeks was the absolute hardest. It WILL get better!! BTW, if you celebrate the holidays and she's in bootcamp, don't send packages--just cards and letters. They didn't get to keep the stuff. I think I sent 1 magazine--they all shared it.
Tammy~ Even if you do not have his address, write those letters. Number the envelopes so he knows the order in which to read them. Once you have his address you can send them all. My son received 17 cards and letters his first mail call.
I guess I should have looked at the date you posted. This is good info for any new Navy mom's though.
My son was processed at MEPS last Wednesday and got his very brief phone call when he got to Great Lakes. I received his clothes yesterday and got a form letter from him today. The letter had some great information but only a small area for him to leave a message for us. But now I have his address and have already sent a letter. The form letter states that mail could take 5 to 10 days.