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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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My son leaves in a week for GL. He will spend the night in a hotel and leave the next day. I've heard it can be a big family affair to be there to see him off (he still doesn't know if he will fly or go via bus). Is it tradition to have a big fan club there at MEPS? Is there a ceremony? I read here that some parents have gotten a gate pass for the airport so they could wait for the plane with their sailor. How are those obtained? Is it a good idea to invite others, such as grandparents that live locally, to MEPS, etc. for his ship date? Any help/advice about what is typically done is appreciated. I am excited for him but I'm feeling nostalgic and a little choked up at times. This week will fly by!

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Awe so sorry you weren't informed. I would have been a mad and unhappy Mama too. Don't they know how we are about our babies? Lol! No matter how old they are or if they are in the military, they will always be our babies. Hoping you hear from your SR soon.

hi...we went my husband myself and my daughter to say goodbye and watch swearing in ceremony at MEPS.  so glad we did...We had dinner with him at his hotel and waited with him at USO waiting areas at son was happy were there. there were three other young men going at the same time but they didn't have family but we talked and's a proud day but also hard saying goodbye be  strong ...i cried all the way home.   good luck to your son!

Such a bittersweet time!

My son left out of New Orleans this past Wednesday. My husband, 8 year old daughter, and myself all were there to watch him do his final swear in. We also sat with him at the airport. We had to get a gate pass, my 8 year old included. The others who shipped with him didn't all have their families there, but we definitely wanted to see ours as long as we could!

Your son may have left by now....hugs if this has happened.  Our son left for GL one week ago today, March 19.  There was only one other family out of 8 recruits there.  I am very glad that we went.  We did no go to the airport, nor did the other family as things are so "up in the air" that morning.  We said our "goodbyes" at the federal building.  Hugs to you!  This was much harder than I ever thought it was going to be.


He leaves Monday! Thanks for your supports!
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