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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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I'm starting to get frustrated because my older son's ship date is still so far away (April 21). We're in a holding pattern, he can't go to school ($$$), can't get a job (none available), all he can do is work out and study for the exam for the jump to E-2. He's getting on my nerves being home all the time.

We're also in a holding pattern with my younger son, NROTC won't make a decision on his application until they get his ACT, which isn't available in our area until December 12. He missed the September ACT, and we're so rural it doesn't happen here very often.

Once plans are laid I have a tendency to want them to get completed NOW. I have little patience for long-term planning, there's too much waiting involved. When I joined the Navy I selected my ship date based on how fast I could leave. The earliest options were 3 days and 2 weeks. Had I chosen 3 days my family would have killed me for not giving them warning. Those were the longest two weeks ever. And my sons have to wait 8 months!

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There's always the possibility that he could get called early. If a slot opens up his recruiter could call him and he'd have to accept on the spot and leave very quickly. I know the time seems to drag but next April will come soon enough. In the meantime you'll have him home for the holidays, which is more than most of us will have.
How did you deal with the "hurry up and wait" pace of the Navy when you were in?

I was on DEP about a week, which was good, I didn't have a place to stay other than my brother's couch.
I was lucky while I was in the Navy. I only spent one day in P-week (just enough time to get my shots and whiz quiz). I got in at the tail end of a company (now known as a division) that didn't have enough to start, some of them had been waiting more than a week and they wanted to start immediately. Everyone else I arrived with had to wait 5 days before their company started Week 1. Then when I got to A school on Monday, they started a new class that day. I arrived at my command and everyone was short-handed, so I was assigned a division within minutes (they actually argued over me to get a warm body filling the billet). There was a top rack in the corner of berthing the day I arrived (exactly what I wanted), etc. I never, ever had to wait for anything. It certainly was NOT a normal Navy experience.


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