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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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My son's recruiter told him today that he can be an E3 (I suppose after A school?) if he has his AA or AS degree? Is this true?
My son has time to get the few credits to get the degree. We have always steered him toward getting GE classes done for a transfer to a 4-year college.
So is the AS more beneficial (for the Navy) than being at transfer level?

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I believe he would have to have 48 total college credits to start @ E3. Otherwise, he'll probably start at E2.
Either way, if you actually have the degree its much easier to transfer credits to other universities. I know the three colleges I've attended if you had the AS or AA they had to accept your General education classes.
I agree. I consolidated my credits into an AA and there was no quibbling over transfer credits from then on.

And it only counts if it is IN THE CONTRACT before they take the final oath and leave for Boot Camp.
My sailor started @ E3 due to the fact that she had ROTC in HS. I don't know how they figure out the college credit part of it.
Hy hubby had a year of college and went in as an E3..
My son went in as an E3 for being an Eagle Scout.
My son went in as A E-3 with an AA.

Ahhh another Eagle.  Mine went in as an E-3 as well with his Eagle.

my wife went to boot camp as a e3 with a as

Here's the official Navy version:


If you have satisfactorily completed 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of college credits, you may be enlisted in paygrade E2. For those who have satisfactorily completed 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours of college credits, you can be enlisted in paygrade E3. College credits must be listed in the Accredited Institutions of Post Secondary Education published by the American Council on Education. Classes must be of the 100 and higher variety as remedial courses are NOT authorized for use in determining whether you qualify for Advanced Paygrade.


In most colleges, at least 60 credits are needed for an AA/AS (120 for a Bachelor degree). So, if someone has an AA/AS, they should have more than enough credits to get E-3 out of boot camp. And no, they don't have to wait until A-school, they get it straight out of boot camp, and get to wear their new rate at PIR.


Oregon college credits work differently than the rest of the US university systems because it works on a trimester basis, with shorter classes. It takes more Oregon credits to get the same priviledge. My son's recruiter said it was 32 credits for E-2 and 48 credits for E-3

My daughter went in as an E3. she does not have her associate degree but does have numerous credits earned at a 4 year college. She has not finished yet but hopes to do so during her enlistment. Hope this helps.

Kathy Dee

My son has an AA from a junior college in California.  When he completed boot camp he was an E3.  I'd aim for the degree itself in the time your son has left.  He can always pick up the GE ones while he's in the service - and it certainly gets him off to a good start!


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