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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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i got the box of his stuff from boot camp today. ive been doing okay, i miss him and im happy that i start school again monday.

during his last week the recruiters and everyone at MEPS keep telling him that I, the wife comes first, and they keep reminding him and i totally loved that because i always feel that my husband doesn't put me first. we've been through a lot, a lot of tears but a lot of memories as well, but i need to know if he might come back a different man, im hoping a better man.

i dont really want to put down things to bash my husband, he is a good man, but he really needs a lesson on who is at the top of the list.but im just hoping this experience will change him.

wives, mothers, gf, anyone, let me know how it has changed your Sailor. please give me hope for the future.

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He will change. My son, who always seemed to be a little more mature than his age....continues to mature. They realize a lot of things. So will your husband. But just so you know, it can be difficult at times. But a good thing. many blessings. from a navy mom :-) .....a very proud one.
my boyfriend before he left was mature in his own sense and well mannered and respectful of others but i've noticed in the past month since he's been gone to boot camp that it's even more so... his letters are unbelievable and just the way he's presenting himself is in a whole new light. i loved him so much and was in love with him entirely before he left and even more so now because of this experience and what it's taught me! but this level of respect just shows me what he is capable of and how the navy has improved our relationship even though it's been extremely hard on both of us :) i would've never thought but he is shaping up to be an amazing man even though he was already to me before he joined the navy!
Yes, my Andrea has changed. At first she seemed to be hard and seem not to care. This was at first. After graduation and into the first year. Now she is pretty much back to her old self. This is her 3rd year. Even tho she seems to be fearless about certain things. She is still my beautiful Andrea.
Our 22 year old son went from being an uncertain boy to a confident young man in two years. We are so very proud of him and what he is doing with his life. This Navy experience has been the best thing for him.

God bless him and all our service men and women.
yes i can totally agree. my boyfriend i think was very uncertain about what to do with his future. he said once he met me and i was so supportive that he had joined he knew he could do it. and i can already tell it's making a huge impact on his life and strengthening our relationship no matter how hard it may be at times being away from each other. the navy was the best thing he could've done for his life and for our future. plus i get to go back to school and work for myself and build a future for us as well. we get to work on ourselves during this process :)
My son left home with not much respect for anyone. When we saw him at PIR he was so grown up and respectful that I almost fainted! He was taught respect for elders and especially women.

He has been in for 4 years now and is a respected and accomplished sailor and young man. He has had success as never before. He learned early on that you are rewarded for correct behavior and actions. He never had that in school. So he has changed for the better more than I can write here. He loves the Navy life and his job.
My son was a great guy before he joined the Navy. He was very respectful to his father and I and never gave us a single worry. At almost 23, he went in the Navy. Now he smokes, drinks the "hard" stuff like water and has the worst foul mouth I have ever seen. He brags about getting drunk all the time and has become inconsiderate, disrespectful and not very pleasant to be around. I don't drink, smoke or use bad language so he had to have gotten this in the Navy. Every sentence has the f word in it and I am extremely offended at this. The Navy turned him into an unbelievable person. I love him very much, but I am really ashamed of the things he is now doing. He lies about everything and throws money away. Where is my son and who is this person.
My daughter has only been out of boot camp 3 weeks now, but the change has been wonderful in all the right ways. She has become more mature and I am sure responsible, because she is succeeding and enjoying herself without me making sure all that happens for her. I think that is what gives her a lot of pride right now. She can still be her silly self at times, she sent me a video message from her phone the other night that made me giggle with her. I can't wait to spend some time with her at the end of October when she comes home for ten days. I will let you know if she still drops her clothes on the floor in the exact spot she takes them off, or if i still trip over her shoes when I come in the door.


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