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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).  

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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.


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well got that first phone call and let's just say my heart is broken.... I was prepared for the upset voice on the other end of the phone but shocked at what I heard.... My daughter went in as a navy reservist and corpsman. Her recruiter told her as a reservist she would still get all the same things as if she enlisted- college assistance, health insurance and a medical certificate- and A school would be about 3 months so she could be home to return to school. I kept saying this was too good to be true but it's what he said. My daughter finds out there that there's no insurance, no assistance for college and A school is five months with a certificate as an EMT. Along with wanting the military experience. She was hoping for the things she was promised... Now she's deflated and feels like she was tricked into signing as a reservist. Anyone have suggestions or experienced in this? There's no way to express the heartache I feel knowing her dream has been crushed and knowing she feels she is there for nothing... I did try to build her up telling her that she doesn't need the insurance or tuition (never did but she wanted that independence) and that nursing was still an option and how wonderful it will be to come out with a military background... I said all the right mom things but I'm so sad and mad right now!!! Another week or so before I can see if she's ok and give her any additional advise... Please help if you have any thoughts... Heartbroken mom sitting here...

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You may want to join Navy Reserve Moms. Also, check in the HM groups that I left before on your My Page and see if anyone has info for you.

Hi Tori's Mom, my son is in RTC right now and graduates on 3-27, but I was 10 years active duty Navy and now am in the Air Force Reserve.  As far as I know your daughter does qualify for Tricare Reserve Select. It is medical insurance and cheap and still good. Pretty sure she should have some form of the GI Bill. I know a lot of Air Force Reservists that are going to school with the help of the GI Bill. And as far as the EMT certificate I'm pretty sure most colleges will let the EMT with military back ground test out of two semesters or at least to get an LPN license. It isn't as gloomy as she thinks - yes if her A school starts right after boot camp she will miss starting school in August, but she shouldn't worry too much she will have that EMT license and can work either on an Ambulance or in an ER that will give her even more experience. By the way I am an RN. So her dreams aren't absolutely crushed - just a different path, which may benefit her. When will she graduate? You can private message me if there is anything else I can do.

Hi SpineNurse63-   I very much appreciate your wonderful reply.  I can't wait to get her the good news about A school and certification.  I hope she can see that it isn't hopeless and that she can have all her dreams.  Fingers crossed the next phone call is a little better.   She graduates 4/3 but will be preforming at your son's graduation... she is a flag holder (Hopefully I will find out which flag she is carrying the next time I talk to her).   Again I appreciate all the support on this site and has made an anxious mom more relaxed and confident about this new adventure.  I will definitely message you with more questions as they come up.   Thank you and have a wonderful week!! :)  


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