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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 deploys for boot camp May 6th..I'm a nervous wreck and I'm trying very hard to not let him see me that way. He's my youngest and I've always been there for him and I don't want him to leave. It's selfish I know, but he's my baby. Any suggestions for a stressed out, scared, hates to let go and don't want him to leave home mom?

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Join the group,DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in May. You will meet others with loved ones leaving that day/week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together. Getting connected with others going through the same thing will help you to realize you are not alone.

Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC. I also suggest you join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and New Members Stop Here and check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions there, starting with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes To Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at the RTC. Being informed will help you to know what to expect, which will reduce your anxiety about it and helping him prepare to leave and writing a short encouraging note to tuck in his wallet will help you to feel more in control since you will know that he is ready and has what he needs, which is mostly your love and support, but there are other things on the list as well.

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 him to some good links on there.

Once he does ship, stay busy and begin writing letters right away even though you will not be able to mail them until you get the form letter with his address. Writing will help you to feel connected even though you won't get many letters or calls in return. Once you get that form letter, you will be able to start making plans to see him and you can join the PIR group for his TG. That will help you to realize that there is an end to BC and things do get better after BC because you will have more contact with your Sailor, but his time in BC will help you to realize that you are stronger than you thought and you both will make it through. You have raised a fine young person who will be pursuing his dreams to be US Navy Sailor.

(Group names and the link within this reply are clickable links. To join a group, click on the group name and when the group page opens, click on "+ Join..." in the upper right.)

I can relate... My recruit left for BC on April 23rd. He is my oldest and first to leave. The day he swore in I thought for sure I would have fallen apart, but I didn't! A sense of pride took over me as a mother, plus I wanted to stay strong for my son, I didn't want him having second guesses on his decision with leaving home. I let myself cry at work, in the car, at home alone, but never in front of him, and that was so hard for me, but it truly helped me the day I had to say goodbye! Oh, make your goodbye's very short, that also helps. Good luck to you and your son! It's a great thing he is doing for himself and our country!


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