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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 just found out that only 3 family members can go to see our son when he is sworn in. There is 4 of us, my Hisband, Myself and 2 other children. Should I have both kids go and see what happens? I know it’s the Navy and they are probably very strict.

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I never realized there was a limit on the number to see them being sworn in.  When my son was sworn in 3 of us went but I remember there were families with more members present.  Could depend on the MEPS though - ours was San Diego.  I would say take them and worst case they have to wait outside (hopefully they are old enough to be left alone.).  I do know there is a limit on PIR (normally 4 can attend but some larger groups only allow 3).

call the MEPS station itself where he will go and ask directly. I have never heard of a MEPS limit. 

I would call to double check also.  I remember one of the recruits had a family of five with him when my son was sworn in.

Moira I would call the MEPS office, I know when we went there were four of us and no restrictions.

We went a family of 5 and so glad my younger son went to see it happen. We had about 45 min to spend with him and about 3 minutes after to take photos. We did take video and it was great we were able to do so. There was 12 men and women swearing in that morning and only 4 families attended. While we sat before the swear in we invited two outher recruits to sit with our family.
My son did his swearing in ceremony today, there were 6 men and only 3 families were there. Gratefully I was able to talk to one recruit whose family wasn't there because of family emergency and was able to send pics of him and a video of him swearing in to his mother.

That was very nice of you, there are many recruits who are lonley and by themselves in BC, some families just dont have the means to be able to attend or some just dont have family. Thank You for doing that for him!

Also, we had 13 people in to see my son swear in. There was no problem.
His mother and I have been talking all evening. She has been through this before so she is a great source of support!
Note anyone over 18 must have ID and the less you take in the better. It sure about children under 18?
My son will swear in tomorrow and we were not told there was a limit, but that there may be a bit of a wait.
Good luck
I told my son if there was anyone in boot camp with no family support or people to write to, to give them my address and I will be their loved one.


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