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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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My son shipped out 9/10. It has been his goal and dream since he was 5 years old. I come from a Navy family (father&brother) and extended military family but still not handling this as well as I thought I would. He is my youngest and the one who shared most of the same interests with me. We were odd balls together. We got to say goodbye at the airport I bawled my eyes out he told me to stay weird. Our pet phrase to each other when things get tough. I am trying but so many daily things have me bawling again. I am happy and proud he is living his dream and I know he will succeed he always does when he puts his mind to it. I am sad and miserable because staying weird has become almost impossible right now.

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We were lucky with our SR. Small MEPS location and small airport in the back and beyond of Texas. They service several counties covering a few hundred miles. There were only a dozen recrutes from all branches and only 2 families (my ex and myself included) that could make the trip to the MEPS to see off their recruiters. Both of us moms there took pictures of each one that wanted to send a last goodbye home and emailed or texted them for the recrutes. As well as telling them we were proud of them and to write home a lot, we were even asked for a couple of surrogate hugs. The dads shook their hands and told them to be safe and smart. We all waved them off and didn't leave the airport until the last recrute walked through security that afternoon. It was worth the extra time to see each recrute leave smiling as most were sad or nervous.

I so wish we would of driven to the Airport now. My Daughter was picked to make sure all the Recruits got to Chicago! Never even thought we could actually show up! In actuality She probably would of had us leave though. She would of been nervous about getting in trouble. They had a 4 hour layover in Seattle because of bad weather. Would of loved to have been able to spend that time with her.

Jana, you are probably right, your daughter would have most likely been nervous, especially if she was in charge of everyone. My son's plane was delayed in take off as well but we were able to talk on the phone. As it turned out, we also had to finish moving a daughter out of her apartment the day my son left, so we had to stay busy anyone. A good thing for me and something I need to get busy doing today as well. 

I got to talk to my son one last time durring his 3 hour layover before the flight to Chicago. He even sent me pictures from the airport. Not sure if it made it easier or harder for either of us I cried anyways. He just kept telling me to stay weird and feed his cat.

If she were in charge, it would have been difficult for her to split her attention. Hard to be someone's baby and a leader simultaneously.  Better for her that you weren't there, but not great for you!  

She was panicked when they landed since they were so late. No fault of their own. The last call She made from the Airport was "I have to go nobody will answer the phone" She sounded stressed out! Ughh

Poor baby but I'm sure she is fine.

What a blessing for you! So sad that some had to leave without their parents there.God Bless you and your husband for making a difference. Especially at one of the most difficult times. We were lucky to be able to stay at the same hotel the night before. Got to snuggle with my girl until 10pm. From our window I could see a family dropping off their Son in the parking lot. Watched the Dad wipe tears away when he walked away! I burst into tears and my Family just looked at me! Couldn't help it! We all shed tears after we walk away! 

We got to stay at the same hotel too. It was a 4 hour drive up so we only had 2 hours before curfew. We ate dinner with him and the guy in charge let us come down and eat breakfast with him in the morning because we were the only family there. We were very lucky to get so much goodbye time.

So were we! They got up at 3:30 on August 29th and were  at MEPS by 5:30. We didn't get there until 8:30. Watched the final initiation into the Navy. They ate Quiznos then they were on their way. I didn't realize we parked in a Two hour lot at MEPS. We were there almost 4 hours. The man said he wouldn't have our car towed because he knew how hard this day was! Boy, was he ever right. 

You never know how close your kids are until one of them leaves home! My 17yr old Daughter had a rough time. Seeing them both have a hard time was really tough! 

So very normal feelings mama. My son (and only child) and I shared the same sense of humor and I loved our relationship so much. I felt such a loss when he shipped out. The relationship shifts and changes but the love between the two of you will remain the same. Allow the grief to be there, talk it out and in a few weeks you will see a young man who is proud of himself. It’s very hard at first when they leave but it does get better. 


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