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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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Are there any 2 year active +  6 years IRR contracts available in the Navy?


Can parents be there when the contract is negotiated and signed to make sure everything expected is included?

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I have not heard of any 2 year active + 6 year IRR contracts, but then I am the mom of a Sailor, so I do not have access to all info on that.  I have heard of 4+4 (standard) and 6+2 (for SEALS and special ops and a few specialized ratings). indicates "Enlisted positions typically require an initial service commitment of two to four years (positions involving longer-term training may involve longer service obligations)."  That would suggest that 2+6 is possible.  I like this statement from that site, "The best way to confirm the specific service commitment that will apply to you is to contact a recruiter."

Read my reply and the replies after it at (clickable link).  That will give you info on parents going to MEPS.

They used to offer a 2 yr active obligation contract, but as they are phrasing out the old style undesignated program, I'm not sure that they offer this anymore. Basically, that was the only way you could get a 2 yr contract (to not have an A school coming out of boot camp). A recruited would have a lot more info as far as if this is still offered.

As far as parents being there when the contract is signed, yes, you can be, but keep in mind, military contracts are not like civilian contracts. There really isn't any negotiation done. They have set things they offer, and those are standard Navy wide. The Recruited doesn't have the authority to "negotiate" so to speak. It's basically a deal where if you want this rate, then you have to commit to this long, and score this on your ASVAB. If you want that program, bonus, coming in at a higher paygrade, etc, you have to meet those requirements. For example, if your son has earned his Eagle Scout award (or daughter has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award), then they can come in as an E-3. But that is standard...

You are allowed to come in, ask questions, review what is being offered, etc, before your child (or, for that matter, spouse) signs anything. Also, if your child is 17, not only do they have to sign, but you do, too.
Ugh - sorry about the auto correct - phased out and Recruiter, not recruited...


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