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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required



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Any Financial Help or Foundations Available to help get to Boot Camp graduation?

I have been searching the web all night for anything that could help get me to my son's graduation in November. We are struggling just to put food on the table and keep our home right now, but it would be devastating to me and my son if I wasnt there. If anyone does hear of something, please let me know. Thank you

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Actually it would cost over $1000 in gas alone since its over 2000 miles each way.

It's a long and often expensive flight from CA to Great Lakes. It looks like your PIR date will be Nov 2. There are groups on Navy for Moms associated with each PIR date (Pass In Review - graduation from Boot Camp).  Your group should be forming right now.  As soon as it is formed, you should join it. In the mean time, join the Boot Camp Moms group. Here is the link. Click on it and click +JOIN when the page opens up.

We keep a list of the PIR groups. Here is link to that discussion.

Since there is no assistance to help defray the cost of travel to see your son graduate, please ask your son to purchase the photos, the DVD of the graduation.  After you join the PIR group, post a comment - perhaps another family will adopt your sailor for the day and include him in their family activities. If no one from his family is going, he could offer to include "overflow" guests of other recruits on his list. Most families going to PIR are very supportive and will make sure you get plenty of pictures.  He is on this way to a a good career. Keep that in mind. Perhaps he can send you money to attend his graduation from A or C school. Good luck.

Hello! my daughter shipped out on 9/10 and I believe will graduate in Novemeber too.  I would like to help you get to your son's graduation, what city and state do you live in?

Hi Brimama, thank you. I live in Menifee, CA. A friend of the family that has known my SR his whole life just gave us the money for my plane ticket so I bought that this evening. I went on Illionois public transit site and got the bus and train route to get to Great Lakes so that will only cost about $9 thank goodness. Hopefully, things will improve somehow btwn now and the PIR date and I will have the money to pay for the hotel. I went ahead and booked the Navy Lodge for Thurs, Fri and check out Sat so at least I have a reservation. Thank you for your kindness in thinking of us.

oh , I didn't read this! Thank GOD, you can go now!  woohoo!! That is so awesome!!!!! :-)

I am so happy to hear that you were able to get help.  I too am in the same boat as you.  I lost my job in August of 2011 and have not been able to find a job since.  I have no family, only my son.  I know that I will make it to the graduation somehow someway..

I am in the same boat! I am going crazy thinking of ways I could come up with the money to see my son graduate in November. Nobody will be there for him and I KNOW he expects me.  It's heartbreaking, ....I am not going to stop until I find a way. Keep in touch, if you find out anything, please. And I will let you know if I find out anything.  My prayers are with you!! 

I think there are more of us in the same boat, I am working overtime to be there for my son and to bring his two teenage brothers with me to inspire them. We got to think of hotel and food and taxi and airfare or gas if I get enough time of work to drive there. I will believe in miracles for all of us

I agree.  There needs to be a group that is set up so that Moms or Dads could get assistance, anonymously.  The Coast Guard has a site specifically for this need.

Good information to know.  Thanks for sharing.


Hi my son graduation from Boot Camp May 10th and me and my two sons really don't want to miss it. It has been really hard on us , he was th man of the house and the house has not been the same since he left. can anyone please help or tell me of any websites that i can go to that might can help me with funds to attend his graduation. Any help will be very grateful. thank you and love all you navy moms


There are no websites or any other foundations that help people get to PIR. Sorry to say if the family wants to attend, they pay their own way there. 


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