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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).  

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She's gone! :( Oh my goodness MEPS was a NIGHTMARE today. My daughter had gone on birth control in Sept. to help regulate periods, help w/the cramping, headaches.. I suggested she go on birthcontrol for convience sake, so she didn't have to deal with that during BC. Not a big deal, no medical issue, if she wasnt' leaving for BC, she woudln't be on it. She told her recruiter in Sept. that she went to the Dr. and was put on birth control. Well, when she went to MEPS this AM, they asked if anything changed.. yes, she went on birth control.. why? they asked.. she told them.. she'd get cramps, headache, helped to regulate. OH my goodness.. they started off on her like.. "oh, so you are incapacitated during your periods?" She said.. "no, I just feel crampy, etc.." Like any of us on our periods! ughhhhhhhhhhhh Well, they were telling her she might not ship out, it would take weeks, her recruiters got mad at her for "not telling them"... Ok, she DID tell them, they knew, she had to fill it out on the form at DEP meetings, AND she talked to him about it. Her recruiter said they did know about the birthcontrol, but thought it was for being sexual active... *which she isn't* ANYWAYS, long story short, they gave her a medical waiver and she got to leave today.. but she was one upset girl. I can't believe what an issue they made out of it, I mean how many girls are on birthcontrol to regulate, relieve symptoms, etc.. I just figured it would help her not have to deal with her period, while at BC. SO, any girls out there, make sure that is settled BEFORE your last MEP!! :)



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I am sure that made both of you a nervous wreck.  I am glad she got to leave on time.  Sending good thoughts your way.



Wow - what a day.  We also had a MEPS story involving my son.  In fact, just 3 years ago.  He was supposed to leave on March 3.  Both my husband and I took off work so we could go.  The MEPS was about 2 hours from our house.  So.... off we went, early to be sure that we would be there in time as they could not tell us what time he would be sworn in, all of which we knew - so it was OK.  Anyway, we got there (we had taken him there the day before to the recruiting station and the recruiter took him to MEPS) and he is sitting in a hallway.  Hey - guess what??  I'm not going today - they got my ship date wrong!!  I'm like - what???  I'm going on ?? I forget the date, but it was like 5 weeks away.  He had quit his job, would have not health insurance, etc. Asked him - is the recruiter going to take you home?  No - I'm going to go home with you. (glad we went!!) He said - I was waiting to make sure you came - if not - I was going have to have to call the recruiter to come (2 hours away) and pick me up.  We had not gotten involved before since he was 22, but husband called the recruiter - who did not know son had not gone until he walked in the recruiting station.  Spoke to some higher up who then had the district recruiter call.  Anyway, he ended up going the next week - March 10, but I was not able to go b/c I couldn't get off work again.  But - it has been a roller coaster ride.  Do join the boot camp group for your daughter - you will be able to check in with other moms .  Also - write every day at least once.  Number your letters and cards so she will know which to open first.  Good luck.
I just finished a recruiting tour recently. They used to always have us ask these questions to prevent that very scenario from happening. Birth control by itself is fine as long as it is for birth control purposes. It is when it is used for other reasons that MEPS freaks out. It does not sound like any of this was her fault and her recruiter should have planned ahead even though it might have been an innocent mistake on his part. Glad it all worked out.

Thank you! It was a very rough morning.  She just called from GL to tell us she arrived safely.  :)



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