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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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Son goes to bootcamp on Feb 16th, anyone else this date?

Would very much like to talk to you!  My son went to MEPS in St. Louis yesterday and already feel like my heart is gonna break! 

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@ valiegirl

Contact his recruiter on Tuesday to see if he is in the system yet and if so he can give it to you.  I feel for ya sister.  Our baby left on the 16th also but they actually took him the night before.  He called when he got to IL. and said he could not call again for about 3 weeks.  I got his address three days later and have written everyday since.

I have a really good freind that left out for BC on the 16th...f

My one and only child, my baby girl, left for boot camp 2/16/11.  Her recruiter has been my life saver and connection to my daughter.  The Navy gave her purpose and determination.  She is the light of my life and I miss her every day, however I take courage and faith knowing I have raised a responsible and caring individual.  She is determined to succeed in the Navy Path that she has chosen for herself.  With faith and her God, she will conquer everything that is put before her and become the leader she was destined to be.  I close every letter with the last line from her favorite childhood book "I will love you forever, like you always, as long as I am living my baby you will be!"  She is my only one and I can only put her in the Deity's arms and ask that they shelter and keep her.  Let her keep  the faith and succeed.  Go Navy!

Hello Cheryl,   You have taken the words right out of my mouth ....and I have read that book to all my three kids...and my dau who also just left for BC on 2/16 this was her fave book as well.....


God Bless


hi.. thank you for sharing.. my daugher left as well on 2/16/11! I have the book you are talking about and have read it to all my 3 children. I told Ashley the same as well! Well good to luck both of our girls!



I didn't recognize that,  what book if I may ask was that from.  I have two young grandchildren and it sounds like a book I may want to get to enjoy with them...



Hi Carol.It's so is called

Love you orever by Robert can see it on



Thank you I will check to see about getting it from the local Barnes and Noble.....I am always on the look out for a good book and that ones sound like something I can share with the grand kids.... daughter Ashley left on the 16th too.. I went to MEPS in El Segundo, CA and saw her being sworn in. I was so happy they let us take pictures and give them last minute hugs..but it was really hard! She whispered don't cry Mom, and of course I was...but I told her they were tears of pride (ya right!), hasn't even been a full week since I actually last had contact with her..but it seems like FOREVER! It totally sounds like youy know what I mean!! 
Hooray!  I got a letter today!  My son said graduation will be April 15th.  He also said the first day was horrible as he went 40 hours with no sleep, but it's been ok after that.  I am so happy to hear from him!!!
My son's name is Doug!  Headed back to work, hope to talk to you soon!
That is wonderful I am so happy for you.....I am hoping to hear from my son soon.


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