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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. 

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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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


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I thought it was just Dam Neck (no n)??
Any suggestions of good places to eat?
Things to do?
Derek's job is a Master at Arms. I get confused - he won't say much. I think he lives at Dam Neck and rides a bus to Norfolk every day for school. I met a mom on here whose son teaches somewhere out there. I am not sure where Virginia Beach falls in all this either. Hopefully, I will know more next weekend!!!
He does get to stay with me ALL WEEK!!! He does not even have to go back to the base!!!
What is Bryan's job??
Oh yeah, a whole week with your son ...glory! I would fly in and long weekends while my husband was stationed there and he would be in class during the day while I enjoyed Virginia Beach, it was very close to the base from what I can remember.
Bryan is supposed to be in Air Traffic Control. He had another one he was looking at and I believe there was an opening. So I am not sure if he went ahead with it or if it was granted. But Bryan will be with me the entire weekend also. I am really excited about that!!!
Oh Brenda, you are just getting closer to it than the rest of us! They want to see the world and joining the Navy helps them reach that goal. My husband was stationed in Damn Neck and then went directly to Japan which is exactly what he wanted to do. Fortunately I was able to join him there and our son who will be a Sailor very soon, was born in Japan and is following in his steps and hopes to be stationed in Japan as well. Reading about my son's rating (and it is the same as my husbands was) he will spend 60% of his time on a ship...sailing the ocean blue. But we must remind ourselves they have been well trained and this is part of their jobs. And look at it this way...think of all the travel you can do ...visiting them in their next duty station!!!

We will be celebrating Derek's new achievement on Wednesday as well - enjoy your time with him and give him a big hug and congratulations from all the moms back here!
Thanks - you make me cry (tears of pride and joy!!!)

Japan is one of the places that Derek wishes to go.

Ah so??
Ah so girl! If he gets orders there - you MUST go visit, it is a wonderful land, full of so much culture and really wonderful people.

Perhaps we will get to meet in the Orient!!!
My son is not in your PIR, but where is the FULL MOON CAFE...what a great son doesn't graduate until May 23....any ideas you have are welcome,
GLoria Zimmerman
mother of David 927
Full Moon Cafe' is about two miles from the base and the food is good and fair priced. I will be posting photos and tales about our dining experience on April 24th when we return. I know other moms have been pleased with the food there.

You will find in the next six weeks Gloria, that you will meet many moms with the same PIR as yours and we just thought it would be wonderful to finally meet after all the pain and joys that we have traveled thru together and everyone has to eat dinner at some point that night!!
Don't panic Chasati - all is okay! I don't remember your PIR date, our is 4/25 and some of the moms got phone calls this weekend...I wasn't one of them!! There sons just called and said everything was going great. They had got thru the gas chambers and was working hard towards BS which is scheduled for Thursday for our division.
I remember that you had clinicals but so glad that you will be there for the weekend! We will be taking pictures at the PIR and will try to post them. I'm sorry I don't know what day BS is for 168. I only know ours as one of my son's division mates called home yesterday and if I remember right they put 4 divisions thru at a time so they do the battle stations over a couple of days to get everyone thru. Patience is not my favorite word this week but I think we will all have to exercise some!!! Good luck on your clinicals!


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