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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.

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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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Are they pre-scheduled for each sailor? Can they swap days or borrow time?

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I am not sure of all the specifics of Leave, but Yes they can borrow time son has did this a few times.
Thanx,I was thinking I read that somewhere and now I can't find!
Leave can only be taken with command approval, they earn 2.5 days per month, some of the commands are now doing the process electronically to speed up the process, but not all. Leave and liberty cannot be combined, say if its a 4 day weekend, they cannot add leave time to that, liberty usually has limits on how far away from a base you can be. Yes time can be borrowed, (I am sure it must be up to each command if its approved) Leave is not pre-sccheduled, and it can be denied or unapproved depending on the needs of the command and the Navy. As with most Navy things, each sailor is different, some have no problems getting their leave approved, and I have heard some cant seem to get time off, usually they cant take leave until they finish their A school but I am sure there are some who have.
The only time "swapping days" comes up is if they have a duty day assigned and trade duty days (with approval) with someone else. They aren't swapping time off, but rather a duty day. This normally is not allowed at a training command. However, if they're taking an approved leave, they won't be assigned duty. So the situation would apply to "liberty", which is their normal time off such as weekends or a federal holiday.
my son is going into his 5 year and I have only seen him 4 times. In the last 2 years he has been been approved for leave. They keep telling him that they are short handed and there for will not give him leave. It's funny how the navy is bagging him to reinlist however will not provide leave for him to see his family!
If your sailor is based 300 or less miles from home, they can come home free of leave-as long as they dont have school or watch - obviously they need permission either way. But have them check with their CO either way :)
Sailors request leave the way you request vacation at work: you pick your days, put in the request, and wait to see if it is approved. Most of the time leave is approved.

If they need that sailor's skills during that time, the ship will be at sea (preventing the sailor from leaving or reporting back on time), or there are too many sailors also taking leave, leave may be denied. Leave may also be denied of the sailor is dink (not up-to-date with training schedule) or if there have been other problems.

Sometimes sailors can go into "debt" for leave, but they cannot "borrow" leave time from another sailor.
Hello... Is this site still monitored?

There are several here who have been on this site for a long time, watch posts and respond, and yes, there are also administrators of this site.

Travelsalot, to add to ellen's reply, if you are asking if people reply to posts on a very old discussion such as this one, then yes. It is best to not reply in a discussion that is more than year old and does not have ongoing posts, like this one was, because things may have changed in between and that causes confusion when we have to say it used to be that way , but now..... Any time a person replies to a discussion (no matter how old it is), then that discussion goes to the top and there are several of us who will check to see what has been posted and will respond if we can. That being said, if you come upon a discussion that is more than a year old (usually through a search), you can check out the info, but look for something that is more recent and if you don't find it, start a new discussion. It is great to do a search, but look at the date of the discussions before replying.


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