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**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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Just drop my son off for boot camp. I had no idea it was going to be this hard to let go. I think a big piece of my heart stayed with him! I cannot control my emotions right now. Praying these few months go by fast and can wait for Graduation in Great Lakes in Sept!

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The empty chair one???

We drop my son off at the recruiters today..ships tomorrow. His twin sister leaves in February (she is reserves). These are my only children and my heart is so proud of them yet the tears still flow. I am prior service so I know they will have an amazing experience but stil...

I know exactly how you feel.  My son left Tuesday July 8 and it was the hardest day of my life. We need to stay strong for each other and continue to pray. Hang in there...


I said goodbye on the 7th as well and missing him a great deal. You aren't alone in your feelings and I can't wait for my son's graduation. Hang tough and know you are surrounded by a wonderful community of understanding and support!

I dropped mine off last Sunday.  I feel ya.  The advice and encouragement of those moms who have done this already has really helped me.  I haven't cried since the Monday after!  Hang in there.  We got this.

Check your My Page.

Just went through hard. You think you want them gone and bang, they're gone, and you're grieving like you never thought you would. I even got a bunch of books on the Empty Nest Syndrome which is real! It doesn't matter how busy you are; having your kid leave just gets you in the heart.

Hang in there. Once I got the letter and the date, I felt enormously better. Someone very kind reached out to me here and I talked with her on the phone and it helped so much.

I will be dropping my son off in exactly 2 weeks and I am not handling my emotions very well now; I will be a mess by then.  I guess its okay to be totally emotional, if we weren't I would question what kind of mother I was :)

My son says "my friends are leaving for college soon and their moms' are not as emotional as you are".  Its not the same though.  Its hard to explain to people....I am filled with pride and joy that he has chosen to serve our country, but sorrow because he will be gone for long periods without much communication.

Thank you for sharing.

I know how you feel.  I was actually holding it together pretty well until her belongings showed up yesterday. :/  It's hard, but at least we have a date we can see them again!!  Something to look forward to and count down to. :)  Hang in there.  You're not alone.

I just did the same today! I didn't know it was possible to be this proud and this broken hearted at the same time!

omg..i totally understand. when people ask me how i feel i tell them i feel proud, but on the other hand i feel so sad.  I finally got to speak to him and thought that would help, but everytime i get a letter and i see his writing it makes me so sad all over again.

I have had some break downs as well. I thought child birth was the most painful thing I have ever been through. Well I was wrong.This has been much worse. I understand how you feel. Hang in there Sept will be here soon!


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