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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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My son is 17 & has decided to join the Navy.  He is in the very early stages of the process.  As our  only child we are nervous.  Especially as his mom I just don't know how to react.  I am suppoting him 110% becuase I know this will be the best expericance for him.  I know we have a little bit before he goes to basic training but I would like to know how to prepare him for that or is there anyway to prepare him for it.  Any advise or help with this would wonderful. 

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Buy him an ASVAB study guide book and have him study it just as he would an SAT study book. This may be his single most important preparation he can make as it will decide his military future.

Oh yeah, tell him to start running and doing pushups and situps. 

That’s what our recruiter suggested. So that is the 1st thing we will do. 
I just didn’t what I could do.  I think maybe I am just being an over concerned mom.  I am glad I found this site.

Haha well if your looking for other concerned moms then you're in the right son is currently in Boot Camp...He joined last August and was DEP until April...I miss my son like crazy but I know he is doing something awesome for his future. My son is older (23) already graduated from college, and the oldest of seven, but it doesn't make it any easier...I understand how hard it will be to send your only son away.. I try to focus on what an amazing opportunity this is and that he striving for...This is an awesome site...I call it my therapy support group...a group of other moms all going through the same thing (and dads) :)

Good luck to you and your son. 

May I also suggest you have him do the prep work for himself, not you. He's about to embark on a life that we as parents cannot help them with. While as a parent it helps to stay updated and there if your future sailor needs you, this is a good opportunity for them to learn very quickly, they will be responsible for their own actions. You can buy him the book and you can suggest he exercise or learn his general orders, but he is the one who will pay the price if he's not prepared.

It is your job to prepare yourself for the experience of not being able to contact him when you like, or make sure he is doing the things he needs to be. 

Suggest to him he watch the videos on youtube on what Bootcamp will be like. 

That will be the hardest thing for me to do.  But I know it has to be done.

As you can see by my login name, I know where you are coming from. I worry about everything, while my wife sits by and lets things happen. My son said he didn't want to watch the videos or be prepared. He wanted it all to be a "surprise". Well it certainly was! It was tougher than he suspected. 

Once he is gone, you can write him and try to keep him upbeat, but you will soon enough realize, you've done what you could do get him to this point, the rest is up to him. You need to prepare yourself because when the day comes that your sailor is halfway around the world and the evening news is reporting unrest in that part of the world, you must know he is doing what he chose to do with his life, and you've prepared him the best you could by raising a responsible adult.

my son is also joining, bootcamp is this month, is this book to help them score well on their text.

Any bookstore. ASVAB study guide. May be in the same section as college entrance exam study guides. Been so long, I don't recall. 

To be very clear, based on his ASVAB score, he will be offered a list of jobs he qualifies for. The higher the score, the more choices he will have, and thus, the better chance for promotion in the future, or at the very least, picking something he wants to do. 

Minimum score requirements have been rising. Typically before going to MEPS to take the test, there is a practice test the recruiter can have them take. 

If he is going to Boot Camp in a month, he has already taken the test.

Now dad has told you the best info for your guy/gal this mom says start a journal and a scrapbook take pics at MEPS swearing in keep his letters in the scrapbook add to it as time goes by the journal is to write how you feel if angry sad happy whatever your thoughts just for you.  You will be embarking on a ride of a life time you can sit at home and follow your sailor all over the world get a world map after A school and when you learn his first posting then use map pins or a marker to follow his travels it helps to see. I've done this twice with sons now starting with a grandson that is on his first deployment. Come along grab a sit the roller coaster is about to start!  Welcome Aboard

The scrapbook is a great idea.  I didn't even think of that.  I will have to do that!! Thank you!!


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