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**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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

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**UPDATE - 2020**

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Joining under 18 means more job choices? Do I need a new recruiter?


My son will be 18 in four months.  We are debating when to join.  My ex may be against it (even though I have sole custody).  The recruiter said after 18 he will need to compete with all people from 18-34, so he has a better chance to get the job he wants now.  That sounds like BS... is it?

There have been a couple other questionable things, such as she wants him to sign a contract for a rate he doesn't want, THEN he can take the DLAB test for the job he really wants and they will "tear up" his contract.  Other recruiter have said he CAN take the DLAB test first.  Then she job "insulted" that we asked other recruiters and won't answer our questions until she talks to my ex husband.

Do I need a new recruiter?   Are there more jobs available BEFORE you turn 18?  

A little help?

Ian's Mom

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No, there are not more jobs available for those under 18. Every recruit must turn 18 within 60 days after shipping to the RTC. Those under 18 are often more willing to take a later ship date or they may have to take a later ship date to meet the birthday requirement than those who are older and that does increase the options, but it is the same for anyone who is willing to take a later ship date.

Your son needs a recruiter that he is comfortable with. If this one is not meeting his needs, then he may want to switch.

Thank you. Just to clarify... So going to MEPS at 17 gives you no more opportunity that going at 18?

I was thinking that we may need to go somewhere else. Problem is there is a 20 mile difference, but it may be the best option for our future.

Thanks again,

Is your son still in high school? If so, is he a Junior or Senior?

If he is a Junior then he would be able to be in DEP for 15 months (455 days), but if he is a Senior he can only be in DEP for 12 months (365 days).


Look at paragraph 020402 2b about the 15 month DEP rule

Note: High school seniors entering DEP during the months of May, June and July are authorized to be placed in DEP for a maximum of 455 days (15 months) at the time of initial classification.

I had physical custody of my son recruiter did not speak with ex, son turned 18 in boot. Job wise line of crap find a new recruiter asap   DO NOT ALLOW SON TO SIGN ANYTHING HE IS NOT COMFORTABLE AND READS WITH JOB HE WANTS.  Changing later is very hard to do

Yes they do lie and I would press for what he wants. My son had a different focus and it changed when push came to shove. The have a quota to meet as well. I would of my son getting a college degree first before having to start at the lowest level. But he was getting restless and the friends were partying. It was time for him to go. He joined at 19. Almost 20. He waited 10 months for a rotation to come. It was a bit rough for awhile. He told me about 1 year in that he couldn't understand why he didn't join at 18. I said " you were not ready"
Changing later is almost impossible. Know what he wants and it can apply to the civilian world after navy career ends.
Thanks to every one. He has changed recruiters.

OK, I'm confused. Has he taken the ASVAB yet or even the practice ASVAB? How can he sign up for a job without knowing what he qualifies for? 

He has taken and done well on the ASVAB, he also wants to take the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) as that is the only way to qualify for the rating he wants. The first recruiter wanted him to sign a contract for a rating he doesn't want and THEN take the DLAB and have the first contract "torn up." I did not think this was a great idea. I have heard some horror stories here.

If he cannot pass the DLAB ( though he is pretty proficient at picking up languages), he will then join the Navy and go for a different rating.


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