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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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My boyfriend left for navy today..he just gave me his last call few minutes ago and I can't tell you how much it killed me when he said its his last call for few weeks..I m really close to my boyfriend and without him, everything feels I just wanted to see if there is anyone who have their son or boyfriend left for navy on jan 15th..I really need somebody to talk to...

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Thank u everybody for showing ur emotions...omg I feel so much better now..wrote him letters and its just like I m not sad anymore..I m proud n happy

My son's girlfriend is feeling the same way. My son left for basic Jan 15th. I miss him so much but he is an adult now.

Glad you wrote a letter. I  found a website that will send you free phonecards so when he can he will call. It is I t felt good to be doing something



Thanks for mentioning CallsforRecruits. 

For others:  You can get free calling cards (actually a phone number and PIN) at Ronny and Anna provide those through that website if you email them at and ask for them. They will email you 8-12, but will send more if you need them. Each PIN that is provided is a onetime use number. You can use the form found on the site to write each PIN on for your recruit. Some people print out the form and then cut out the squares and write a PIN on each and staple them together. The recruit can then tear one off to use or give away. If you are able, please make a donation at the site to help with the cost of the cards.

My son's girlfriend sounds like yours....I'm trying to help her as much as I can (and still trying to work my emotions out too). Yeah, why did they have to grow up and become adults so quick, lol!

simplyproud and  NicksmomWendy, Be sure to point the girlfriends to Girlfriends, Fiances,and Wives of Sailors and  Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and the other groups mentioned above.  Make sure you and the girlfriends join the PIR group once it has been created.

Ya, its pretty hard to deal with this kind of feeling..i woke up chocking this morning coz he was in my dream and I was crying..i am glad that u r helping her with her emotions..its very important for her to have someone around her and if its u dats boyfriend's mom is helping me too..she made this journey easy for me by being there for me..alot of people are so negative about being in bootcamp saying like relations wont be same after that this that..may be its true bt it depends upon person too..personally I think its a good test for both to be the best couple..its sad when people say that kind of things when our loved ones are gone..anyways
Thank u..I really am alone..

My son left on the 15th too, we were able to go to the swearing in ceremony which really helped me accept that he was in the right place for him at the right time.  But you are right, everything does feel awful right now. I can only hope and have heard from everyone out there that soon the constant crying will ease up and you can start the count down to the PIR and seeing him again. Take care, and know you have support out here =) 

Thank does make me feel alot better...and i should be happy not sad coz he left for good reason

It is good to hear you are feeling better. I hope you are able to find something to help you build your strength. Have you found some things to keep you busy? This life does not get much easier, but you will get better at dealing with the distance. You've just got to find a way and a good time to start is now. The hardest part for me was not that I didn't get to see him but that I couldn't talk to him. He is my best friend and not having him around crushed me. You will feel TONS better once you start getting letters from him. You will have something to look forward to each week and you will feel connected to him once again. Think of fun things you can send him like jokes, sports news for his favorite teams, or just interesting news that you think he would like. I would send things like that and my sailor would share it with others. You can do this. It's tough, but the time will pass and you will be in his arms again. Continue to think positive and remember it's ok to cry. 

Ya I bought whole bunch of stickers n sticking into the letters...he will love it...that's how I am keeping myself busy


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