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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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On June 29th my 18 year old daughter left for bootcamp. She is my youngest child out of 8. We have always been very close and this has been very difficult for me knowing she will never be home again as my baby. I am concerned about how she will do in boot camp and have never gone so long without talking to her. At the same time I am very proud of her and know she has made a good decision. My husband found this site and am hoping to learn more about what she is experiencing and get support.

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Hello Sarah,

My daughter left for boot camp July 1st and it's only been 3 days since we talked with her but we are missing her terribly but on the same time very very proud of her for the decision she has made. Me and my husband got on the site to where she is going to boot camp to see what they are all doing and since this is 0 week for her we hope they are enjoying themselves. We can't wait until she sends us her address so we can write to her.

My 18 year old granddaughter( SL ) left for bootcamp July 1st!  Perhaps, she's in the same group as your daughter.  We can all be proud of them.  It's the waiting that's hard for the rest of us.

Hello JustWanderin,
How is your family doing? Are you the ones that we seen at Cracker Barrel that day they left? We met some really nice families while we were there and hopefully we can see them when they graduate BC. Praying for all our Recruits.

Have a wonderful evening.
I bet she is in the same group. I can't wait to receive the package with all the information we need for graduation. Plus waiting on the 1st phone call to see how everything is going at boot camp.
We are all here for Sarahsmom. But you are right it's going to be a very great experience for them. I'm missing my daughter like crazy but I know she will do well She is a strong young woman and I'm sure your is too. We will get through this together. It sure has helped me talking with all you ladies.
Prayers for our Recruits.

Yes Sarah is a strong and determined young lady but is also very young in many ways. She is very much a homebody and is happiest when everyone is home so I'm sure this will be a challenge for her. She laughs when she is nervous so was afraid she would laugh when she was yelled at. I'm sure it will be easier once we start hearing from them.
Mine left on June 30th! Maybe in the same ship and division. I figure she started actual training this week. I am really close to my daughter also but she was so very excited made it so much easier for me I think. We have been talking and prepping for almost a year. Hopefully form letter will be out by the end of the week.

My daughter left here on June 29th but due to travel time didn't arrive in Chicago until the 30th. She was picked up at the airport at 7pm. Her plane was late so arrived there at 8 am and they had already picked up the morning group so she had a long wait.She spent most of the 29th at the airport also so was exhausted before she even started. I am eager to get the form letter also and to hear how she is doing.

I love the Build A Bear idea. I have been cleaning also. I thought this would be a good time to go through closets etc. It keeps me busy.

Cristen, I left info for you on your My Page.

Hi Sarahsmom, I too have a daughter that left for bootcamp on 6/29.  She is my only child and I am missing her so much.  I did receive a box with her belongings, but I have not yet received an address, so I can write to her.  Her 21st birthday is Monday, and I cannot even send her a card.  I understand your pain.  I have never gone this long without talking to my daughter either.  

You should be very proud of her decision to serve our country.  I am certain they are keeping them very busy, so they do not have much time to get homesick!  I just wish I even knew when to expect them to graduate from bootcamp, as I am planning to take my vacation at that time, and go to Great Lakes to see her.  Hang in there, Hannahs mom

How funny, my 21 year old daughter is named Hannah also. Sarah is my baby. She just turned 18 and we have always been very close. The hardest part is not knowing how she is doing as I'm sure you feel also. I write everyday but can't send the letters yet. I am indead very proud of her. I'll keep you and Hannah in my thoughts on Monday.


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