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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 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).  

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

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required



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My younger son and I got to watch his older brother swear in at MEPS this morning.  What a wonderful experience it was. I am beaming with joy and tears at the same time while awaiting his phone call sometime tonight. I can't wait to hear his voice!

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Thanks lemonelephant! How do I find out? I have the form letter right next to me and it says 11/23. This is stressing me out

Don't stress out.  The form letter is WRONG.  I emailed the PAO at the RTC and received the following reply:


The Thanksgiving graduation will take place on Wednesday, 21 November.


Brian E. Walsh
Public Affairs Specialist

Recruit Training Command
Public Affairs Office
USS YORKTOWN (Bldg 7330)
Great Lakes, IL  60088

Office - (847)688-2405
Fax -    (847)688-6268
Email -


If you have made reservations, change them so you don't miss PIR!  I emailed him to inform him that I know of at least 3 moms who received the form letter with the incorrect date, so I am certain it will be addressed if it hasn't already.

Thanks that eased my mind a bit. I haven't made reservations yet . I've just researched airfare, train fare, etc. Trying to coordinate everything. Its quite overwhelming.

Just take it a little at a time.  (((((bayoukat110))))) that's a cyber hug from one Navy Mom to another.

Thanks I feel the love


I agree it is very overwhelming.. but well worth it

did you get the letter

Oh gosh I am waiting for my firm letter for my son who left 9/23, I hope he does not graduate on 11/23 as I have to work and who is going to replace me on thanksgiving, ok I am crying nowo

His PIR date could be 11/16/2012 or 11/21/2012.  It all depends on when his division filled.  You will just have to wait for the form letter (and if it says 11/23/2102, know that it is wrong and PIR is on Wednesday 21 November).

yes it says 11/23? and i just told his grandma and aunts that, and am making plans for that date, so its 9/21, that is going to be a big problem at work for me, please help me pray that it is not!

PIR Thanksgiving week is Wednesday, 21 November.  See



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