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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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Hello, my name is Joann. i just signed the papers a week ago to join the navy and i dont know what to expect now. can anyone help me out? i also wanted to know if i had to cut my hair for bootcamp. thank you! :)

i am willing to hear from all

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There is a group on facebook just for you. Women Redefined. My daughter ships out 05/17/2011 and she has found this site to be extremely helpful. And yes your hair needs to cut above the collar.
This group on FB is very active.
For security reasons it's not a good idea to have your full name out there in cyber space.

OK, so you signed the papers....not sure what papers you mean. Have you taken the ASVAB and medical tests? If so, then your recruiter should be able to tell you how long you have to wait before you ship off to boot camp. The Navy is very overmanned so depending on what job you've chosen, it could mean a wait of up to a year. Keep in close contact with your recruiter, he/she should be able to answer all your questions.

Hair: my advice is to get it cut short nicely before you go to boot camp. It cannot touch your collar and if it does, when you get there, they'll cut it for you (you can only imagine what that would be like!). So, go to a beauty salon, explain what's going on, and have it cut and shaped as short as you can stand it so it will have had time to grow out a bit during boot camp and look good on your photos.
I am a a Chief Navy Counselor with 14 years Active duty in, feel free to hit me up if you have questions.



to Angie :


Hi, can I add you to my list of friends here or the other way around, pls. I  have questions to ask but I want to throw those questions in private.


 My son is in his 4th week in the bootcamp .


Thank you, Maria

Every Navy website has their specialities. You have Navy Mom for the Moms, Navy Dads for the Dads, and Navy DEP for the Deppers... We all mix it up to support the sailors and the Navy Families.

If you want to know exactly what happens day-per-day in bootcamp, go to this link:

For the female stuff, go to this link:

Since you've got to cut your hair, why not donate it to those cancer patients that would dream of having something that your about to throw away. Start your Navy career on a positive note, and donate your hair (if it meets the requirements), go here to find more info.
craig is right donate your hair if you have 8 inch or more and most places will cut your hair for free just call and ask them if they donate your hair i did this last year when my son joined good luck to you


My son graduated from boot camp 8/6/10. When he was in boot camp they had the second dental check-up at the end of week 4. He said that half his division got their wisdom teeth pulled.

thank you all very much for your help! :)

and i am going to take my asvab sometime this month. .

any tips or advice on that? or on what to study?

thank you!

navygrl - Many people will give you advise, mine is just another one.  

I've done this ASVAB stuff for a real long time.  Myself, I would gear my studying around

which rating you are trying to get.  Why waste the time learning learning Shop Information (SI), if you

have no desire to work in a wood or metal shop.  Use that time to study the sections for the rating you

do want for the next 4 to 6 years.  Many people will say just to study all the areas, which is ok if you 

are willing to take any rating.

For me, one thing that would turn me off is working in the aviation field.  It's just not me.  I would be totally

depressed if that would be the only area I would qualify for.  Frankly, I would go into the Navy if that would have happened, I would try another service if that would have happened to me.   

So, my advise is find a rating you like, find what sections are graded for that field, and do your very best in those sections.  If you gear your studying for those sections, you will open alot more doors for other ratings that use those same test sections. 

You might also want to read this link too....

Hi navygrl11.

Everyone here has given you great advice. I would just like to add a couple more things.

While you are in the DEP program, make sure you do a lot of running to prepare for boot camp. I think women have to run 1.5 miles in 14 mins minimum. Go for a run at least 3 to 4 times a week. This will help you out a lot. also do plenty of swimming. There are 3 Personal Physical Fitness(PFA) tests that you need to pass. You must pass the swimming test and the 3rd PFA test. Put yourself on a work out schedule.

Also, make sure you learn your General Orders and everything in your DEP program book. This will make your life a lot easier. While in boot camp you won't have much free time to study. learning everything in your DEP book will put you ahead of the game.

I wish you the best of luck.

Sandy :)

My daughter is at basic training right now. She cut her hair to above her collar before she left and said she could grow it back out after graduating boot camp. She'll be allowed to wear it in a bun after that if she wants to.

She signed up and was in the DEP program for eight months before going to basic. During that time she had regular DEP meetings with her recruiter and other DEPers. They learned alot and did some working out. She also used that time to take swim lessons. I with you best of luck, and have patience, jj


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