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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 daughter, Samantha, and the Navy hasn't ever been a good combination.  As I talked with my daughter today, June 02, 2010, she has informed me that her drill weekends, which as we all know, are only once a month and two weeks in the summer are starting to interfere with her culinary career as she attends school in Pittsburgh, PA.  My daughter is almost 21 and is capable of her own decisions, and I need to let her make her own decisions, whether good or bad.  Samantha has told me that she no longer wants to be part of the Navy and pursue her culinary career with more gusto.  Nothing has gone right for my daughter from the time she was in BC and VA for

A school.  Samantha did not graduate with her unit at Great Lakes because of her swim troubles, got kicked out of A school for lack of effort with her schooling and took her a long time after getting out of A school in the beginning of October to check in with her reserve center.  They were calling me at home and looking for her and was facing some negative consequences if my daughter did not check in soon.  Eventually, she did but with a lot of reservation.


I am supportive of my daughter no matter what her decisions.  Just need to know if any other moms have encountered the same dilemna and need some feedback and support.





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Hi Sharon. How is everything going for you in Minnesota? While I was at The Great Lakes for my son's graduation from boot camp, I was thinking of you and wondered how you are doing. All is going well here. I am back to work now since school has started. I am still looking for a full-time job. Where I live, there is not much around here for jobs. As much as my job at school is not the best, I am thankful that I have one.
Just thinking of you and praying for you and your daughter.
Take care. Susan
I am confused about your reply. Are you supportive of those who join the military or against it. Yes, you mentioned cowards staying in the military instead of facing the real world. The military is not for everyone. I just am learning now about the retirment benefits that the military offers that civilian jobs don't offer as much. No disrespect intended towards you and your feelings, I just need clarification about where you stand in support of the military.
Thanks for your support.
Yes, all the enlisted have reasons for joining the Navy. But, just like life, you cannot check out whenever you want just because things are not going your way. You just have to suck it up and keep going because of the contract signed and look at your obligations when you signed on the dotted line. Every thing in this world has a downside to it, but you have to take those downsides and turn them around and make them positive. What made you so bitter and negative about the Navy? I hope that you don't get in a situation when you need the armed forces to help you, because with your attitude, they may look the other way. Hope you change your attitude.

Hoppi aka Angie. Thanks for the information. I am speechless as for what you put in your reply to my blog. I know now that if I see andrews name again withmy e-mails, I will not be replying. Is your son or daughter in the Navy? Both my sons are in. My older son, John, is overseas on deployment now and should be back into port a few days before Christmas. My younger son, Matthew, is in S.C. for his A-school, Nuke school and prototype and should stay in S.C. for all his schooling, unless they send him some place else. My older son is in SARs, but wants to be in the Nuke field with his brother. Hope all is well for you and your family. God Bless. Thanks, again, for the info. Susan
Hoppi is active duty Navy. I'm a fan.
andrews - Have you not taken your medicine today? Be a good boy and please take it.... You'll feel alot better....

What is a less than honorable discharge and its effects?

Notice the date of the discussion that you are replying to.

An Other Than Honorable (OTH) Discharge is the most severe of administrative discharges. It's very serious and the recipient cannot reenlist in any branch of the armed forces and is also usually barred from joining the Army and Air National Guard. The recipient of an OTH discharge would not be able to receive many, if any, of the benefits available to most veterans. The recipient of an OTH discharge would be banned from receiving any government contract job. If a prospective civilian employer were to see the OTH discharge (some employers request a copy of the DD-214 if the candidate puts military service on the resume), the employer would most likely find a reason not to hire the candidate. There are some cases in which a recipient of an OTH discharge would be able to perform some sort of corrective action and then be able to reenlist, but I would think that would be rare.


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