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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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My son left home today, he will leave for Boot Camp tomorrow, Nov 6th. This experience is completely new to me, I would appreciate any info that anyone would be willing to share. Thank you

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Hi Tracey welcome :) I hope you get to go to the swearing in tomorrow. I see you have joined the leaving in november group you should also consider joining these groups

there is a ton of info within those groups. There are pages of comments, discussions and informational links you can click on. if you need help with a more imediate question you can always jump on chat. Most of us have been where you are and are more than willing to help answer your questions or give a supporting {{{{{{hug}}}}}} when you need it.

Again welcome ~Amanda

Hello Amanda, 

I did get to go to his swearing in, it was wonderful to be able to be there.

I am so very happy for my son, and beyond proud of him. I just couldn't help thinking that my young 17 year old son is embarking on an amazing journey and that the next time I see him, he will have experienced so much !

I didn't cry...I was very proud of myself.

Thank you for your kind words, they are appreciated.


You may want to check out and They will give you an idea of what will be happening.

You may want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms, PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. Once you know his PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Moms and/or at and join the group for that once it has been created.

(Group names within this reply are clickable links.)

Hi Tracey,  My daughter left on Nov 5.  My husband & I got to see her swear in as well.  The evening before when we dropped her off to the recruiter, we cried like babies.  I didn't think I would be able to stop crying on the day she left but God truly gave me strength to see her swear in.  She was just so happy and so ready to go that it really make it easy.  I was shocked that I didn't cry the day of swearing in.  Have you gotten any mail from your son?  I have not but my daughter's boyfriend got several letters yesterday so hoping I get some early next week.  Is your son in the PIR 28 Dec group?  



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