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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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Loading… son says he went today to take his asvab test...but when he got there the recruiter told him he has to have 15 hrs of college or go to job corp.....i dont know if he is just saying this and maybe he is trying to back out ....

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Does he have a high school diploma? If he doesnt then he needs the college hours to be eligible to join, not a GED or home schooling.
Thanks...He has a GED....he really seems to want to go .
that wasn't the case before. The rules change all the time. Ask the recruiter yourself? Just don't say who you are on the phone. But if your son doesn't want to do this, don't push too hard. It isn't for the unenthusiastic.
Your son isn't lying to you. The Navy changed their requirements in 2009 when they entered the state of being over-manned. If the Navy is something he really wants to do, he will be required to have 15 credit hours of college (community college works to) and score high on the asvab. They Navy also raised the minimum score for the asvabs into the 40's a year or so ago. With the economy the way it is all branches of the service are seeing enlistment rates at an all time high and can be very strict with their enlistment requirements. This is a good reference... a little out of date, but gives a break down branch by branch. Good luck to your son!
There are the "technically you can get in with these scores" scores, and the scores needed to actually get a job. Most of those who have been able to get in lately have at least a 60. The higher the score, the more jobs there are available, and the better chance of getting in.

If he's weak in any area (math, English, etc) he should use the college credits to work on his skills in that area. Community colleges are great places for that. If the college offers them, fitness classes (make sure they include college credit!) also help get prospective sailors ready.
I agree with Hoppi, it has to be their choice.


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