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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 is leaving this july for bootcamp.

This is my baby (stepson, it's very weird to say/write that, because he is MY SON) My husband has had custody, and I have raised him his entire life.  So I have mixed emotions, I have heard that I may not be able to get any information on him.  I can't imagine that because as a mom I have always been the one to do everything.  Has anyone been through this or can anyone give advise?  I'd really appreciate it!


Next, is I'm planning a Boot Camp going away party, hopefully not going over board, but it is keeping my mind off things.


place having it at home- check

I have bought the rubber wrist bands with his name,an anchor and american flag to give to the guests.

took an idea from other people, getting post cards so guests can write something to him and we can send them while he is in boot camp.

any ideas?


Thanx in advance for reading this

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You may want to join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in July, to connect with others who have loved ones leaving in July and who may even end up training with your son.   I also suggest you join New Members Stop Here and check out the Pages and Discussions there.

Your future Sailor may want to join to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. Craig runs that and will steer you to some good links on there.

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Thanks for the information, it's helpful for a clueless mom:-)


My son will also be leaving for BC in July.  I'm just trying to treasure every day we still have together with him.  I can't imagine going 8 weeks without talking to him.;/(. 

Lukes - Try having a daughter.  You'll totally enjoy not hearing "Like" for 8 weeks.  ~ha

I'd recommend getting cards instead of post cards unless you want to edit what some may decide to write...  Others besides your son will be able to read the post cards. 

Keep the party simple so YOU can enjoy it!  We made desserts and then just bought pizzas so we could relax and pretend it was just another fun family get together.  It worked and we had a great day! 

You can buy him a St. Patrick's medal for him to wear with his uniform, but it has to be smaller than his dog tags when he attaches it to his chain.


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