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

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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The pictures on face book showed only a few graduates. Are the classes for DC usually small? I was wondering if there were more sailors in the class who had not phased up yet?

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Phased up is a term that is used for the different phases of liberty, it doesn't pertain to those who are graduating "A" School.  if you check out the pictures on TSC FB Page, all the engineering classes are small.  The MR is normally the smallest though

Thanks Angie. Slowly but surely learning terms. I am his grandma and in for the long haul. :-)

It seems like the more I learn the more questions I have.

Are days counted in A school the same as BC? ie Monday-Friday

So if my Sailor says 32 days plus 5 in DC before he gets his duty assignment and he started his Engineering Core on 4/22 when can we "guess" he may graduate?  I understand it also depends on his tests. Just looking for something in the ball park.

I never realized specific  times were important to me until I started this adventure with him. I am trying to learn patience.


Your Sailor will let you know when graduation is. They only have classes on M-F.  The 32 days plus 5 is until he gets his duty station and is not graduation--that will be 3-5 weeks later if it is like most of the ratings. Those in Damage Control Mom's will be able to give you a better idea of how long it may be. I have that DC training is about 10 weeks. I got that from the Rating Information Card at

Thank you so much. That makes much more sense now. You are great.!

You are so welcome. Thanks for the kind words.

My sailor passed Mod 3. Does that mean he is finished with Engineering Core and now moving to DC?


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