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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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My son is leaving for BC September 6th; he's extremely athletic and he said that compression shorts keep his thighs from chaffing - is he allowed to bring them?

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No, sorry he will only wear Navy issued clothes
A good group for you to join is here you'll connect with other N4M's whose future sailors leave the same time
He can take a cell phone to update you , make the "I'm here" call then pack it up

He'll need an activated calling card...make sure he knows how to use it.

Make sure he knows to eat before he reports to the Navy and to sleep on the sleep/food for about 40 hours more or less.
Thank you for the information! I joined the group you suggested and it helped. He's having ups and downs in this seemingly long wait to leave . . . such a short time from my perspective!
Thanks again,
God bless.
Just hang in there !!
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Please don't give out incorrect information. The recruits are never deprived of food or sleep for 40 hours!!
Sorry but my son said he went w/o for almost that long and many others have gotten letters from their rcts saying the same thing. Sorry but according to my information (such as it is) that is what I know. I feel like if they are going to be up for an extended period even if it is 20 hours the new rcts need to know it may happen.

If this is not the true story then I'll word it differently so as not to be misleading.
No, it's true. My hubby went without sleep for the first two nights he was there. He didn't say anything about going without food, though, and knowing him (This is the guy famous for eating 13 slices of buffet-style pizza in a single sitting) I think he would have said something. I agree that correct information should be given out, but this is what my husband has told me, both in letters and in his three-week phone call that I got last Tuesday.
My son's first letter also said that they weren't allowed to sleep or sit down for the first "48 hours"... He didn't mention going without food either, though.


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