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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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Ok Moms, I need some ideas of what my son could use for Christmas.  He has a leave date in July 2014 and feels like there is nothing he needs to have because he will be leaving for the Navy.  Do you have any great ideas of things they could use while in bootcamp or their A school?

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In boot camp (bc) he wont be able to have anything that isnt Navy issued A school he will earn the items as he goes along so he is right he won't necessarily need anything right now...So how about a promise note for homemade cookies when he gets to his first duty station or for now an evening out with family or friends at his special spot.

Definitely get him a gift of time and people to use before boot camp.  A getaway with buddies, a day at a funpark, lasertag, that sort of thing.  

After boot camp, a watch he can wear in uniform (plain black, I like the G-shock).  

At A school, he won't need much and it will need to be portable.  A laptop or tablet for personal entertainment.  Can't be used for school, so something which will stream videos well.  

Don't know if this will help, but my sons 20th birthday was 1 week before he left for boot camp 10/29 right before Halloween.   Since he didn't want anything I asked if he wanted to go or do anything special.  He said he wanted to go to the haunted houses with me.   I asked him if he wanted me to pay for some of his friends and him to go.  We ended up going Halloween night, to two of them, with one of his really good friends that we have know since preschool.  He loved it!!  and it will be a great memory for the both of us forever.

Thanks for the ideas!  Can they use their ipod and cell phones once they get to A school?

that is a privilege earned but yes eventually

You can get him food gift cards. When they start getting privileges in A-school, he can use them. My son leaves in July also and I plan on getting him a laptop or tablet for PIR so that he has no excuse for not being able to communicate. LOL. We are also looking at a nice uniform approved watch. Maybe you could get him a Navy Devotional Bible. We aren't buying much for Christmas this year as we are all going to Pasadena to watch him march with his HS band in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Definitely doing FUN stuff with him wouldwould be the best. We are doing all kinds of extra stuff this year to make the holiday season special like going to the local tree lighting ceremony, cutting our tree in the woods, a tuba Christmas concert, Handel's Messiah and making gingerbread houses with his brother and their girlfriends.

I bought my the a Sailors Bible before he went to bootcamp.  It was one thing that he could have while he was there and he really appreciated it a lot.


Realize also that you can gift via the NEX, or navy store.   They have set it up now to where you can gift from there.   Admins?   Do you have the link?

You can go to to get a NEX gift card.

Hi...he won't need anything in boot camp but I sent cookies and goodie boxes to A school....subway gift card they have those on base....enjoy next few months with your son!

July is a long way away. You could give him movie tickets, sporting event tickets, ski passes, etc. to use with friends and family over the next few months. He will have great memories from that.

I posted in the general forum too, but not sure you will get it there!  Sorry if it is a duplicate!

I would get him an engraved money clip, my son graduated from boot camp on the 22 of November and he immediately said he needed a money clip.  The dress uniforms have very small pockets! Once he left base for liberty we went to the mall and I got him his money clip and had it engraved!  He was thrilled!


A watch is always a good idea.  My son's grandma got him one for graduation.


My son is at A school in San Antonio and is going to be a Corpsman, he has asked for a Keriug Coffee maker because they aren't allowed anything in their room with a burner and he likes his coffee!  LOL:)  The other thing that is always good and practical (yes impresonal) is money.  My son has only been in San Antonio for a week now and he has spent over $40 on cab rides.  He has gone to the mall and the River Walk.  He says it is pretty cool there.


Best of luck to you!  Happy Holidays!



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