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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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some say its harder in the weeks preceding bootcamp than when they arrive.

 there are links in the middle column that you may find helpful. things to do a month before your future sailor leaves, and what happens at bootcamp ... there are also videos (tab) that show you what the recruits go through. 

Youre going to be ok, Im so glad you found N4Ms. welcome aboard

Our son left for bootcamp today and we just got a 10 second call to say he was there. We had really hoped for 2 minutes but I guess we're glad we even got that. He said the next call would be in 3-4 weeks. He was able to call on his cell phone. We are now empty nesters, (3 children) and it is going to take time for us to adjust to all of this. He has been the only one at home now for 2 years, which we have really enjoyed.  I really like the support and information on this site.  

welcome AJs mom.  those first :Im Here: phone calls leave your heart in your throat. I just want to welcome you and let you know you have come to a good place. there isnt one mom that doesnt understand how you feel. Keep coming here for support, to laugh cry and vent. You are a part of the Navy family now. Its challenging before they leave and in a different way, challenging after they leave. 

in the main bootcamp forum, there are links in the middle column that you may find helpful. what happens at bt ... there are also videos (tab) that show you what the recruits go through. 

feel free to ask questions. take care

This is all so new to me...and becoming REAL :( My son just left Feb. 11 and I'm wondering if I can make it till I see him again. I did receive his phone call but it was so quick. Seemed to only have lasted all of 10 sec. Hearing his voice was a big tease and made me cry myself to sleep (my poor husband)  I have thought of joining the gym again-I feel this would be very beneficial but these gloomy days in my area are NO help. 

Reading these posts are very helpful and I know I'm not alone :)

Hi my name is Leigh.  My daughter left for boot camp on the 22nd of Jan., this has been a hard transition for me.  I feel a part of me is missing now that she is gone.  I have never been away from her this long.  i have missed her last two phone calls, and that makes it even harder.  I am always here if u need to talk, maybe we can go through this journey together.  look forward to talking. 

Hi leigh. 

I know its so tough but time does heal alot of pain and before u even know, u will be there for graduation. mine is 3 weeks left now and everyday feels like years and years but his letters make me feel so much better. i read it every single day like almost 10 times. So wait until u get letter and then do write alot of letters though...I cant believe that writing everyday have helped me so much. Stay strong coz they get more strong by seeing u strong but if u start feeling weak, u will see their weaker side. So you are their motivation now so stay busy and strong

Hi Tammibea,

Joining the gym will be the best idea for u to do something for urself. I know its alot of stress and emotions but my boyfriend always used to say suck it up girl and thats what i did. I sucked it up and in less than 3 weeks, i will be there in his arms. Write letters, make sure ur phone is always around u, and after u get letters it will be alot easier. Make sure u stay busy coz time and work are the only thing that wil heal ur sadness and pain..Stay strong..They miss you more than we do..At least we have everyone but they dont. they are alone but still staying strong for us so we gotta be strong too..:)

Hi good morning..My son left February 13... Yes, a few days ago this is so terribly hard I miss him so much...Durning the week while I'm at work its not bad, but once I get home and evening comes its bad.. Trying to keep myself busy...Can't wait to hear from him again....

Rickysgirl23 advice is so right....These first days will be horrible, but you'll get through them. Your boyfriend will be really proud of you for staying busy and writing to him a lot. He'll miss you too and your letters will mean the world to him!

HI @melody...when is  ur son graduating???mine is graduating soon so i am excited..i do have my downfalls but we get used to it..

My son is leaving for Boot Camp on March 5th and will be joining the Nuke program. Is there any other mom with sons leaving for bootcamp and going into the Nuke program about the same time?

Yes-my son is leaving March 4 and is also going into Nukes. He's been in DEP since last May and I had all this time to get ready for it, but now that it's here I'm starting to get a little emotional. It's really going to be hard to say goodbye but I'm really proud of him. I'm a little anxious too about BC, can't lie.


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