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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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I think that for a while I thought I might be exempt from the heartbreak of sending my son to boot camp. He's 20, and hasn't lived at home with me for over a year.  Ha! 

He left yesterday morning - by bedtime (I'm west coast) I was a mess because I hadn't received "the call" and if he had chosen to call his father (we have extremely limited contact), his father didn't care to share that with me.  I was a wet soppy mess at bedtime and couldn't sleep all night - hoping for a call.  This morning his father texted my younger son "got the call from Patrick but I slept through it"  with that I was a fury of tears.  It was enough that I selfishly felt hurt that he chose to place his call to his dad, but that he slept through it while I was unable to sleep anxiously waiting to hear his voice for the last time in a long time, and that he slept through it? that just pushed me over the edge! I can not imagine.

I'm feeling better tonight - I know he's okay, I know he's going to be okay.

How are all you other moms who just sent your "little ones" doing?

<3 Michelle



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I'm sorry to hear its so hard for you but I TOTALLY get that. It was hard for me too. But really - it was harder for me before he left than it was after. I don quite know why but it was. I'm sorry his Dad slept through the call. I can only imagine how frustrating that must've been for you. But if it is any consolation my son didn't really sound like himself. He sounded like a robot and I could hear someone telling him what to say. And the conversation (if you can call it that) lasted less than a minute. By the way my son left on June 18. It does get easier!

Hey Michelle - 

My son went off on July 1st.  He kept in contact with me as long as he could, but when he got to his final destination it was his dad that got the call.  I thought it was just because that was his address and phone number of record when he went in.  I know he is thinking about me as much as his dad, and I know this is a great thing he is doing for his future.  I have gone through this before though.  My older son went through AF Basic about 10 years ago.

I'm full of questions now though.  My son in law just got done with basic last year, so he is cluing us in on what to expect.  He says that basic training has been stretched to an 11 week program.  It's been 8 years as long as I've ever known, so I'm hoping to hear from my son next week to get that confirmed or denied.  

Just know that your son is thinking about both you and home every day.  I have a total of 4 children, three of them are boys, so I know from experience that boys always need and want their mommies when the going gets rough.  We nurtured them when they were young and helped them become the men they are now.  Your son is in good hands and will make it through this next 8 (or 11) weeks just fine.  You should be hearing from him next week with an address and information so that you can write to him.  I also know that they really enjoy hearing from home.  I don't remember if they can get care-packages at this point or not, but letters help their moral.

HI, Hope you are doing better. My son's name is Patrick. Arrived at BC July 8 . I thought my son would call his dad too, so I was surprised when I got it at 1 a.m. ( I think he knew his dad wouldn't answer in the middle of the night). Keep in touch. I wish I had hours to go over this website but work 70 hr weeks . Lesley

Scali, my son is Patrick too! I hoped for the call, goodness knows I was up! I heard from my younger son that the call went to dad and he missed it. I imagine dad had received the box but he doesn't think to share these things. I am hoping to see someone in his division post they got the form letter so I know to be watching or ask his dad.

Whoops.....pushed the button too soon!  <g>  My son, Mike, left on July 8.  Yesterday was 1-1.  Today he turned 24; it is the first birthday he is not with me.  It's been tough to see he is not here, but I take strength in the sure and certain knowledge that he is ok....maybe not too happy!, but ok.  He hates being yelled at so we had long talks about how that was sure to happen at RTC and how he needed to see past the act to the reason for the act.  I got the phone call which was sweet, funny and yes, I cried any way.  I could just about see the Petty Officer standing there telling these young people EXACTLY what to say and make it snappy---you only have 2 minutes, Recruit!  Mike barked out the 3 things he was to tell me and then yelled, "I love you, Mom!" and hung up.  See?  Funny, but still enough to make me cry.  And then the box arrived.  As I opened it I started to laugh again---no way my boy packed that box without strict instructions, such as: you will tie the shoelaces on the shoes, you will fold the clothing and place it nearly in the box, etc.  The most precious thing, however, was Mike's dog.  As I opened the box and started taking the items out, she went nuts.  After all the box smelled like him so he must be in there, right?  She looked in the box and ran around the house looking for him and then back to the box.  I had to take it outside so she would calm down. 

I know how she felt, though.  I kinda wanted him to be in the box too!

Now I'm waiting for the form letter with his division and ship so I can send some letters.  Sept 6 will be here soon!      

Reading these from my cell is a pain, I replied to an old one last night, sorry! I love the sorry about your box arriving, I am sure our dog would have done the same! My done left on the second and I'm so anxious for information that it's killing me! It feels like a lot longer than two weeks, but I know it will fly by quickly. The recruiter gave me an address but the ship number and division number do not match. So, I guess I will just wait a little more :) have a great day, do you know when your son hashis pir?
thanks, I'm doing pretty well, anxious for info but other than that doing well with this! My moms health is doing okay, which hopefully will be verified with her follow up scans next week, she finished chemo and radiation last month, life has been busy!


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