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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 sailor is in Japan and would like to start taking college classes on line.  The information he keeps getting is pushing him towards a certain college, which isn't a big deal, everyone uses it I guess.  However, I wondered if it is allowed for him to take courses from our local community college on-line?  He says he doesn't think so and he would not get the tuition paid.  Our state has a program that gives high school kids money for grades and ACT scores for college.  It's called the KEES program.  He didn't get a staggering amount of course, but even the $300 a year is better than nothing.  I know he would get reimbursed anyway for his college costs but he earned this money and only has 5 years to start using it or he loses it.  Am I wrong in wanting him to use this money?  Would he not be allowed to?  I don't see why he can't choose the college he wants instead of the one they keep forcing on him.  It's just his basic classes anyway, English, Math, etc.  He already has a couple of credits at this community college from classes he took in high school and I think it makes more sense to do what he can with it while he can. 

I guess my main question is can he use the school of his choice or must he use the one they are saying he needs to? 


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As long as his school's accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education he can use his Navy Tuition Assistance (TA), $4,000 a year, to cover tuition costs. $4.000!!  Free $$$$$!

Your son needs to talk to a Navy College Education Counselor. Any large base is going to have a Navy College Program office. In the mean time check out, a wealth of information on college planning.

FWIW, my daughter earned 2 bachelor degrees using TA and will wrap up a masters degree by next spring using her GI bill benefits.

He said he went and talked to them and he says it's just a lot of trouble.  They want him to have a degree path and have everything figured out.  He said he told them he didn't know necessarily what he wanted to major in but wanted to get his basics out of the way while he figured it out.  They said he had to know before they would approve anything.  So frustrating. 


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