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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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We received our form letter Thursday and was very excited to get it.  Saying a prayer and keeping my fingers crossed for the March 30th graduation.

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Hi Tora. Thanks for the update. None of those names are familiar to me, but just the same, it is great to hear about your son! Wish those boys would quiet down so everyone doesn't have to suffer! Stay in touch! PIR here we come!!!!! Cindy.

Hi Tora,

names are not familiar to me either but it is great that he is making friends. I look forward to receiving another letter from mine. His last letter he said he was making friends but did not mention names.   I hope they can make calls this week!!!!  Thanks for sharing :)

None of the names are my son either, but glad to hear we might be getting a phone call! Hooray!
Great news on this end! I stopped by the mailbox and while I was reading his letters I got a call from him! He said they are are on week 2 day 5. They will be starting week 3 on Monday. Hell week starts week 4 and he's not looking forward to it, but knows he has to get through it. He's only met 3 other MA's. One just became his bunk buddy. Says all they have been doing is folding and ironing ALOT! He wishes he watched or practiced more at home, lol! They have started guard duty where they take 2 hour shifts at night and 4 hours during the day. The food was better during P days, but still good. He passed his PT test and is eligible for an e2 rate. All in all he sounded good and is determined! He said they may get to call back in 2 weeks! Howrah!

Its 17:00 here in Illinois and I also got a phone call about 15:45 omg it was so awesome to take to heart did back flips it did :) - I hope all you ladies get to receive a phone call.  Spence sound happy, tired but happy. He did say also that the would be starting week 4 and not look forward to hell week he said.  He also stated that they are ironing alot in which he sucks at lol. OMG what a great way to start the weekend. Hugs Tora

Hi to all! I too got a call today! My son was very emotional...very teary which is not like him at all. I'm sure it was a rush of mixed emotions. He also mentioned that the next two weeks were going to be tough. He talked about inspections. I didn't ask many questions, just let him talk. Does anyone know what these inspections are all about? I think he was glad to talk with his MOM! I just can't wait to hug him at PIR!!!

HI Janis, Good morning from the Northeast! Opposite sides of the country.  My husband's very close friend moved to your neck of the woods after graduating medical school.  I believe it was an offer he could not pass up and he now has a young family and loves it there!.  We keep saying we will visit.  One of these days!! This N4M's is VERY comforting.  I look forward to reading the posts everyday!

I am on a new high since talking with Joe and just finished a 3 page letter and cut out the NHL box scores.  He says he is having withdrawals from hockey.  It sounds like a lot of them are now mentioning that they love the mail and being connected to their outside world. 

Well, I am taking out my daughter snowshoeing today.  It is a winter wonderland out there!  Finally.  It is our first snowfall since Joe left for boot camp.  The trees are sparkling white with the sun shining through..  I just have to get out there before it melts!!  I can mail my letter at the same time.  have a great day!!  Cathie

Hi Janis, Thank you we had a great time.  We ended up snowshoeing with some friends.  I have a dear friend that owns over 30 acres of wooded land and we went exploring.  We followed a beautiful brook and went through some pretty thick wood.  It was challenging but definitely a workout!  I will be sore in the morning since it was the first time I have actually had time to take out the snowshoes this year plus we haven't really had a whole lot of snow this year.  I am glad to see Dan was impressed.  I think we take for granted how well we take care of snow here. I hope you enjoyed your time writing to your son.  Have a great evening!

Hi my name is Michelle and my son Brian is in Ship 12/Div 100. He is 23 and we live in RI. I have been reading the posts from my phone but was having trouble writing on this wall. I am finally on my computer and can connect with everyone. We got our 2nd letter today and we got a phone call too. My son sounded in very good spirits and said that he was excited to get his dog tags and uniforms. I can't wait to see him in his uniform at PIR. I am so proud of him.

He told us that they had a test this week that he passed and that he passed his inspections too. He didn't pass the PT test. He has been a little behind in that area because the day he got to BC he started coughing. Within the next couple of days things got worse. He went to medical and they said he had bronchitis and gave him an antibiotic. He said he is feeling better but he's still trying to catch up physically.

He said that he was up before sunup and was outside shoveling and able to watch the sun come up even though it was cloudy. This made my husband and me laugh because he always complained about having to shovel.

My son said that getting letters and cards is very encouraging. We have been sending him letters regularly but after talking to him today, we went and bought a bunch of cards. We took it to the store he worked at before leaving for BC and left it for the employees and some of the customers to sign. One of the girls he worked with whose husband is a Marine is going to mail it to Brian this week. We addressed the envelope and put the stamp on it so all they have to do is put it in the mail. We are going to do this at my husband's police dept, my daughter's job and at our church. This is just a suggestion to help the boys get more mail.

Not sure if you ladies know this or not, but on Facebook RTC has a page

U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command

On Tuesdays they do Trivia Tuesdays, giving us a chance to win a picture of our SR div..

I just recieved a letter from my son.  He sounded great and kept the letter short and sweet because not a lot was going on.  Lots of marching and getting ready for hell week.  He did not mention when they may be able to call so if anyone else hears please let us know!!  I am sooooo looking forward to PIR.....29 days!!!!!

Hi Cathie. I too rec'd a letter today. My son mentioned how uncoordinated their marching is. He is a drummer and marched in band. I will be writing to tell him to be patient with his division mates. I'm sure they will shine by PIR!!!!!! He made no mention of the week that lies ahead. Thats probably good as all I do is worry anyway! We made it to March.  PIR here we come!!!!!! Great to hear from you.


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