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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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So I was just curious as to what base everyone lives on and how they like it? My husband will be filling out his dream sheet soon (and I know they send you wherever your most needed at) but where in everyones opinion is a good base to move to? I would love to hear from the people that live internationally as well even though I know that during his first term we won't be able to go overseas.
Please and thank you to everyone!

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You weren't wrong about the acronym... rate/job, pretty much the same thing.  He will be an AM when he finishes school. For now, he's a Airman Apprentice (based on his paygrade).  

If he's an E-2, that eliminates Hawaii for now.  He'll be near air bases, or bases with carriers.  He will most likely have sea duty first, so perhaps a carrier or a squadron.  We have carriers in the big ports, San Diego, Norfolk, WA and FL, and a few other places.

E-2 is his paygrade, and he'll be up to E-3 soon.  Yes it gets confusing because you have to learn to combine the paygrade and the rate.  You'll get the hang of it.  

And yes, Hawaii is horribly expensive.  Gas is outrageous there, and groceries.  You have to find the farmer's markets, and the local stuff.

oh that stinks and is good to know! He is going to be an Aviation mechanic :)

My sailor is AO and is stationed in Washington State, on Whidbey Island, she likes it there, just misses NE weather, loves all there is to do and very close to base. All the VAQ squadrons are based on Whidbey, and they work with EA6B Prowlers and Growlers. Its an option that could come up for your husband.

I was born and raised in Washington State so am a little bit protective of our awesome state. If I had to choose, I would pick San Diego first, WA 2nd and FL third. I'm not the one in the Navy though, my son is a Reserve with the Seabees and is based at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Tacoma, WA. Yes, it is an Army and Air Force Base, and he drills with the Marines! Crazy.

Good luck and I hope you get the base of your choosing.

Yes that is crazy! lol I've been hearing about seabees lately but I have no idea what that is. What does he do?

His rate with the Seabees is CM-Construction Mechanic. The Navy is in the process of disbanding (not sure if this is the proper term) the Seabee's, and from what I've read and heard from my son the Marines are going to incorporate them into their units. My son was so funny when he was telling me this. He said, "I'm just glad I don't have to go through Marine bootcamp"!!! Oh the priorities. His A school class did P.T. training with the Marines.

We are from WA state and having my son close by is awesome. If you do end up in WA, you should like it. No humidity or high temps (usually). Very green and lots of water.



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