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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.

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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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My son leaves for bootcamp on Monday.  He was originally scheduled for December 20th.  Before Christmas, but close enough that we could have had an early Christmas and it would have felt like it.  We were only told a couple weeks ago that they would be moving up the date and then only yesterday that it would be Monday.  I keep crying like a little baby.  It seems so silly because it isn't like he'll be gone forever.  My husband and younger son think I'm silly for crying, but I can't seem to help myself.  Are there any other mothers out there struggling with this? 

They say it's empty nest, but I still have my younger son around.  I guess I just worry how my older son will handle bootcamp.   He made this choice all on his own and we support him completely and are extremely proud of him.  He keeps counting down the days and telling me to see my reaction I think.  I have tried not to cry around him even though he knows I will come Monday. 

I would appreciate hearing from any mothers who have been there or are there now.


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My daughter leaves tomorrow for bootcamp and believe me I know what your goin through totally.I have found my self just tearing up and crying for a long time.My daughter orignal ship date was dec. 13 and they moved it up 2 weeks ago to this week.So right now were sitting in Shreveport waiting to go to MEPS again in the morning and im wondering how im gonna handle tomorrow.I do have my hubby and 2 other kids to see me through this.But I am so proud of her i could not be more proud of anyone.She has made a awsum choice for her life and i keep telling people that the United States Navy has one He11 of a Solider coming aboard.So just keep your head up and think about how awsum his future is gonna be.By the way what is his job. My daughter is going into IT.

talk to you soon


My son will not be here for Christmas either and it is a very weird feeling.  He is leaving on Dec. 7 for BC, and I am very sad.  I am happy for him and support him as well, but we are mothers so we worry.  I have never had him not around for Christmas!

Im right there with you about not having them around for christmas for the 1st time.I wasnt even gonna get a tree but my daughter made me get one over the weekend b4 she would leave she said i could get it or she would get one for me.I am so super excited for her to start this next chapter in her life.I dont know what i would have done without this group of people.I did find out today that she gets to keep her cell phone there and they are gonna lock it up and on xmas day she gets to have it.I was so excited to hear that.


My son's date was also moved up with four days notice, he leaves today. Needless to say I am sad. But I am proud and I know he is informed.  I look to all of you for support during this time....

I just dropped my son off at the recruiter's office. We go to the MEPS in Jackson in the morning for his swearing in. Then he is on the plane to Chicago. I feel like I will be ok when I get through tomorrow. I'm so so very proud of him!
just be strong..wish.him the best..give.lots of hugs and take pictures! my son did great at the swearing in..we all got a Lil emotional during the ceremony..but overall went great! I plan on sending him as many letters as I can..hoping it will help w any homesickness ..I am hoping he can call and or write within a few Weeks!!!

 This has been such a great posting.  See all feel the same have gone through, and will experience the same overwhelming, heart bursting proudness of our Sailors.  This is comforting to know there are so many of us out here to support each other through this life changing time.  Hooyah Loved ones!!  Oh and remember to spell that one right... i learned the hard way lol..:)

my son left today for boot was hard.seeing him go... I feel like he made the right choice and am so proud of him for being mature..I will miss him even more at Christmas..but I just hope its everything he wants it to be ..and yes the hardest part will be not being able to just,call him up everyday! I will be looking forward to the letters as glad I was told about this site! I pray everyone will find the guidance they need to make it thru the hardest times and preserve for their sons and daughters!!

Hey How are you? Same thing with my son except he went last night.

My son left Monday, the 5th, (yesterday).  He called us at 10:58pm and said he had arrived and would be able to call again in about 3 weeks.  I am still crying though trying to hold it together at work.  I handle the accounts receiveable for a retirement community.  I do all the private and insurance billing to the residents, Medicare, Medicaid, Long Term Care and secondary insurances, etc.  No one else does my job so since I took off on Friday and yesterday to be with our son, my work piled up.  I cried this morning because I was so overwhelmed with my sad goodbye feelings for my son and the huge amount of work that required my attention.  Attention I didn't want to have to pay to it.  Anyway, I have to get home to my other son so he won't feel so alone now that his brother is gone and my husband is away this week traveling for work.  Hope you are doing okay.  I hear it gets easier.

My son also shipped to boot on the 5th. Crying comes and goes but I am hoping this will get easier with time.

Hey my son left on the 5th as well.  He is Div 057 do you know what Div your son is?  It was difficult but we were all ready for him to go.  I already cried for about 2 years over him thinking he was going to join the military.  I finally got ok with it all and he was looking so forward to it that we were all very supportive here in the past few months.



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