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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 baby girl is aboard the USS Ronal Reagan, it's her first deployment. Almost straight out of bootcamp. Any ideas on coping would be much appreciated! :)

I am so extremely proud of the work she is doing, but also very concerned and worried for her safety with all the nuclear issues...

Does anyone know the precautions that they are taking to keep our sailors safe?


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As a parent, it's normal for you to feel stress. Sometimes, it's best to not really read on the surroundings of the vessel as it will likely not do you any good and possibly cause you more bad thoughts. Some little things that always helped me on deployment were daily emails, care packages and keeping busy. Her return will come faster than you can imagine...
The Navy is being extremely protective of our sailors. They're not allowing the helicopters to fly anywhere near the nuclear power plants and the ships are way far away. Don't worry, (hard to say that, my son returns from deployment tomorrow and has managed to miss all the Japan stuff). E-mail her, send care packages, etc. and the time will pass.
The Navy knows very well how to protect the sailors, after all, the RR is a nuclear powered vessel.  There's a live reactor on board, so every precaution is already in place!

@D-dawg - my son is also on his first deployment with the Ronald Reagan Strike Group.  I would suggest "like"ing the USS Ronald Reagan on Facebook.  Their ship and my son's ship the C-ville have been keeping the families up to date on what is going on.  The pictures are fantastic!  I saw my sailor with a beaming smile.  I can't say how much I treasure having that photo!

Thank you so much to all of you that responded. It's great to have contact with people/moms that I know are feeling & experiencing a lot of the same emotions that I am. God bless you all!

My son has been in the navy for 2 years but is on his first deployment on the RR. He just tells me not to worry.....this is job and he has been trained for the job. He also reminds me that only a small percentage of people will have the experiences he's having and see the places he'll be going. That said, He counts down to important dates to get through. He enjoys e-mails and packages and the updates from home. This is very important to the sailors. My son told me not to leave out the home info even if its bad because he's still a member of the family.

The day he's counting down right now is his homecoming......He's missing alot. One of those things is the birth of his first child, a daughter Audrey Lyric who is due in August......

Just stay positive and include your sailor in on the info from home. I send e-mails daily and a package whenever I can. His wife sends a package every Friday.  He loves mail call.....


My daughter will be aboard the USS Ronald Reagan soon, she finishes her A school mid June and then will report to San Diego, not sure yet if she will join the ship on deployment or if they will keep her in San Diego until the ship returns and then heads to Bremerton, Washington.  My eyes tear up with pride just thinking about her going on such a large ship and then thinking about her first deployment.  One would think I would be used to it, since my husband is in the Navy and has deployed several times, but somehow I think it is different when it is your baby girl...

My husband retired 20+ years in the Navy, and I asked the same question about safety.  Their wear monitors, and he jokingly told me (but the numbers were true) that I received more radiation in sunlight than he ever did on surface or subsurface ships/boats.  They are very safe; I was thrilled to hear my son's job would most likely be onboard ships/subs - one of the safest places they can be! 

Hang in there, deployments are hard, but with modern electronics, you can "chat" quite often.  I recommend setting yourself a scheduled project to keep your hands busy and something tangible to show your progress as the time ticks by...I rennovated our kitchen on one deployment!


Hang in there, and thank you for giving your daughter for our protection!


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