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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.

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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 Leaves for Boot Camp on October 26th! Any more mom's?

Just hoping to hear from mom's who will have to say goodbye to their sons/daughters on October 26th.

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I am having a hard time also.I guess it is a mom thing.My son went to the Great Lakes also.What is your son going for(job)?
My son's job will be in the nuke field. Yours?
my son is in the nukes too
My son is a nuke also. I suppose they have them all together. I am wondering if they will have a break before A school for Christmas.
Hi Terry T! I'm afraid we're all "on the same boat" here! My son is going to Nuke school too! How about yours?
Same with me daughter went to Meps on 25th and flew out on 26th...I did not get "the call' for some reason so I was a basket case but I did recieve a short note from her on the Info the Navy sent back to me..Wish I could have seen her all the way to the airport but we live in Florida and she flew out of Alabama...counting the days until graduation!!!
My son left on October 26 from Phoenix. His call home to us was bad, maybe because of the weather. We have gotten his "box" and his grad date is December 17.
Any idea on when PIR will be? I thought it would be 12/17 but someone said the first week, "P" week doesn't count. So will they hold PIR on 12/24?
I was wondering that myself...
I am dying to find out myself... I just keep hearing we've got to wait because not all the kids that got there this week may have the same PIR date. We won't know till we recieve our letter. I called my son's recruiter and he said he'd know by Friday and pass on the info. He will also have the address. You may want to give your recruiter a call.
Good idea. I will call his recruiter tomorrow. Sounds like our boys will be at power school together. Nice.
Hi barbz415! My son will be in the Nuke program too! He's going to A-School in Charleston, South Carolina! OMG, I can't believe your son is going into that field too!
I asked Tyler's recruiter that question on Monday. (I had to go in and meet him! LOL) He said they do not graduate on Christmas Eve and generally they back it up a week. Boot camp is 8 weeks and when it falls in the holiday the military has a mandatory two weeks off, so it is backed up a week. He smiled and told Tyler "so you will probably graduate a week early".
I also asked if he got to come home between bootcamp and school and I was told that if home is by way of school then they are allowed to come home usually (Others that are not in that route usually had to pay the cost difference to fly home) and just told when to report to school.
Tyler's call from bootcamp when he arrived came at 9:55 (our time) and he had been going since 4 a.m. and sounded very tired too. I am so glad I went up to MEPS with him because it gave me two more full days with him and I cherish every minute of it. I got to take lots of pics of him (and the others) swearing in. We had dinner together Monday night, lunch together on Tuesday and had lots of time to chat while we waited for his flight (that was bumped a few times due to the weather). I even have pics of his plane taking off. It was the first time he flew! What a great experience for them all! My prayers are with you all. Tell your son to watch out for Tyler from Kentucky! Hopefully they will all be a great support to one another while they are there....just as we can be to one another here!


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