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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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He is at Chicago so what are the dos and donts when sending my son (my only child) a letter or something like that. He is 22 yrs old, married and his wife is pregnant.

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I know I'm writing my first one tomorrow. .it's been a week but there's so much emotions I had to reign myself in before I
LOL I understand!!! What ships and div is your son in?
He's in div 230 ship 13
Cool! Mine is Ship 12 Div 231
I watched a graduation online today so I could see what it was like..I bawled my eyes out and it wasn't even my I'm going to be a hot mess but the ceremony was really cool.
I know!!!!! My husband and I watched it and we got choked up LOL. I know I'd be bawling at the graduation too! Lol
OK I don't feel as crazy now that someone else watched it
LOL we're not the only one!!!!

Plain letter, no stickers or drawings on the envelope.  Nothing that will draw attention to him. 

Any letter is better than no letter.  They feel very homesick during this training.  You can send notes to others in his group, maybe there are kids who get no letters.  if he has three seconds to talk to you, ask him what he wants sent.  Every command is different.  my son only called 4 times the entire thing. 

he'll be great! Graduation is a blessing!

AWESOME. Now just waiting to hear from him!@! Impatiently LOL

My son left May 19 but I didn't get the call because he called his girlfriend...and then she called me.  That was super hard.  He's 24 and been dating her for like 5 years, but boy was it hard.  She will get the box, but I better get the letter that has all the letter/graduation info!  haha!  

So glad to have been turned on to this site.  Thanks all.

Yay!! I got my sons form letter today . So happy.. its been 13 days. Graduation is July 10



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