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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.

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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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So glad there are other parents going through this bootcamp experience who can relate. My recruit shipped off 12/6 and her PIR date was 2/4, one day before her birthday. Received a call from her on 1/13 letting me know she'd failed the running test and had to start basic training over. She's being transferred to a new division/ship and will get a new address. She was so emotional, so I had a hard time understanding her. I'm heartbroken for her and tried to console her, but seems I need it just as much. Can anyone advise if what I heard is correct, starting over??

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Krystal-- Welcome.  I left some information for you on your page.  I have not ever heard of a recruit who didn't pass the run having to start at the beginning.  The USUAL thing is they are set back a few weeks or pulled and placed in FIT where they work really hard to get them in shape to pass their run.  They have a limited number of tries (I think it's 3) to pass then they rejoin a New DIV to complete the last 2 weeks(ish) of BC.If she was able to tell you her new address this would be one time I would suggest using the Sandboxx app to get encouraging words to her quickly! She can Overcome this but yes calling to break the news is emotional. I'm also guessing that she was not fully vaccinated when she arrived so she's still nearer to the start of BC than at the end.  We also are entering the stand down period so after 2/10 there is 4 weeks of NO PIR.  This will set her back a bit as well.  Hopefully you get a letter or a phone call soon and can continue to offer her encouragement!

Thank you so much for this info. I'm encouraged and yes, I got the Sandboxx app and sent a letter last night to her old DIV/SHIP.

I also encourage you to post this same question on the MAIN bootcamp page.  Not all our moms see the sub-discussions and some of them may have more info for you.

Can you share how that's done? I'm new to this and trying to connect every way possible for my own emotional sanity.

I went ahead and copied your discussion and put it on the main BC page for you.

Krystal -- At the top of this message you'll see the title of this post, your name and then right below that "Back to Bootcamp Moms (and other Loved Ones)-- Click on that and it will take you back to the Main Bootcamp page, then you may need to click it again to get to the Main page (You may not but if you see Discussions in the title field then click back again) You know you are in the right place if you see the 2 Navy ball caps together (Recruit and Navy). This is the main page.  There is a TON of helpful information to read.  If you keep scrolling down you will see a comment block kind of like you see on here when you reply to comments.  You will need to scroll quite a ways down.  There is the information, these discussions and then the Main chat fields.  Holler if you still need help!

I KNOW how difficult this must be for you. My Sailor just made it, on his 3rd, final try. She needs all the encouragement you can muster right now because, its your words that will keep her motivated to succeed. I hope this helped you a bit. Hang tough, momma. Stay strong. Just remember, if it were easy, everyone would do it. Im already proud of herfor continuing to 'fight to the finish'.
Congrats to your son/you! What a trooper! I appreciate the encouraging words and yes, I'm writing her and reaffirming how proud we are of her. Thank you!
Thank you!!

Krystal, so glad you joined us here. My son's situation was a little different but I have heard they handled somewhat alike. He had trouble with get enough pushups done. They assigned someone who was good at it to work with him and he was able to get enough done to pass. I heard they will have someone run with your daughter to set the pace until she can do it on her own.  They really don't be want anyone to to fail and work really hard on to see they succeed. If she is really trying they will help her. Do keep sending those encouraging letters, it is sometimes all they need!

Thank you for the encouraging words! I'm relieved to hear it's training in the specific area they need. I was dreading the idea she'd have to start over which of course would extend us not seeing her even more. I never imagined how difficult it would be for us parents. Thanks again for your words.

Hi Krystal. My SR left for BC last August and at the 4th week developed stress fractures in her legs. Apparently this running component of the PA trips up a lot of the SRs.  My daughter told me that when she finally passes the final run she won't have to start BC over, but she'll be put in a division that's at the same week of training that she was in when she got hurt. As far as I know your girl should be put in a division at their week 2. If anyone knows something other than that please chime in!



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