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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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Woo Hoo !!!   We know their grad date  :)  I am still waiting for my form letter, probably get it today. I am so excited  :)

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Does anyone know if they will be able to come home after graduation, since from what I heard they wont be starting A school till Jan 8th ?
hmmm, maybe I heard wrong.... Have been told By RTC that the PIR groups for Dec 16 are Grad-n-Go.....

Unfortunately, that is what I heard... they have to go to A-School and then request leave!!!  AUGGHHH !!!



Hi ladies, Im so excited to see my brother graduate Dec 16, does anyone know if they have to go straight to A school after bootcamp or if they will be able to come home for christmas


Can't wait for Dec. 16th.  Hope I get a phone call or letter soon - Jons mom Ship 02, Div 905.
Hello Ladies! We got a letter today from our son. He said it's fun, but not the same as home. I can hear he is starting to mature..on one of his lines he said that "now it all makes sense what we had taught him". Then the tears came flowing like the Niagara Falls. It seems they are going to have a day off for thanksgiving. He sent us a letter to submit requesting him going off the base for that day. Unfortunately, we are very far away and we are saving for our trip  in December. It is good to hear from him. Seems he will be making a call this week :) As for when he leaves for A school in San Antonio...for our son it's going to be Grad and Go. We were informed about this before he left by the recruiter.

I received my letter today about Thanksgiving too. We will not be able to go either. :(  It is just too far and too expensive. We will be there in Dec of course. I have found out some facts about after bootcamp and the holiday schedule.

As soon as they get through with PIR they will have to check into their A school before they will be released for leave for the holiday. A school will not start until Jan 3rd, they have to be back on the 2nd. They must get the leave approved from the A school and they cannot go "in the hole" more than 5 days on their leave. They should have around 5 days built up at the end of bootcamp, so that only gives about 10 days tops. The problem with this is, then they will have no leave for a long time, until they get it built up again. 

I think we will spend the weekend with him in GL since his A school is there, then we will go home and he can come home and spend a few days for Christmas or something like that, I would rather him save some of his days to come see us later. Of course this is all up to him and when he wants to come home, but I kinda hope this is the way he decides to do it.


I sure do miss him....




AUGGH!! Wait!! drum4himom and Lucy-KennysMom - you all got your first letter already!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!??? CONGRATS!! I thought it would be at least another week!  I must hurry home at lunch and see if the mailman has come!  Thats so great that you got a letter already!  So happy for you both!  Cant wait till 12/16!!


Sorry I don't get on this site as much as I'd like too, hope you are all doing well and hearing from your SR's!!!
We've gotten a couple of letters here and I have to say they're getting more upbeat as they go. The first one was pretty depressing as he was getting adjusted to a whole new life, so happy the one today was better! We can't go for Thanksgiving either but will definitely be there for PIR Dec 16th... He said he is getting adopted by a family for Thanksgiving! I don't know who they are but I'm very thankful for them!
Hope you all have a wonderful Veterans Day tomorrow!
We're all booked, flight, car, hotel....WOO HOO!!!
So excited!!!
Hope you all have a blessed week and get lots of letters!

Hey Jazzymom!! Glad you are all set!!  Hope to see you soon!  Is your SR getting your letters?  I have had one letter and he hasn't gotten any letters from us... I have mailed them and then remailed them after the form letter!! So nervous about that part!! I can't imagine everyone getting letters and he isn't!

Oh no, hopefully he'll get his letters soon, I can't imagine why he wouldn't be getting them...yeah my SR is getting his because on the phone he told me how much he loved the pics I sent...


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