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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 has put my name on the list for a Tiger Cruise on the USS Bonhomme Richard. I am looking forward to it, but I do not know much about it other than what he has told me.
I would love to hear about others who have been on one. The more my son tells me, the more I am looking forward to the trip!

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Great idea for a discussion group Margaret! I'm hoping to get the same opportunity for the USS Iwo Jima. Looking forward to hearing about others' experiences, tips etc.
I am hoping they will have one for the USS Nassau, how do you find out? I'm sure I won't ever hear about it if I wait for my son to tell me.
Ginnie, go ahead and ask your son. He is the only one who can put your name on the list. From what I can hear, it sounds like it is going to be a fun trip!
Ginnie the Nassau is having one When the drop off the marines, We will get on in NC. Go to the group Nassau family, The rules are up
Johanna, do you still have the e-mail from the Ombudsman? This is my daughter's first deployment and she invited me. I'm praying I can make it...still juggling finances for the plane & lodging, but if it's meant to'll happen, right? :) I'm preparing though.
What about the Dubuque? I'm with Ginnie - my son probably won't mention it either - lol. Would the omsbudmen let us know?
Email the Omsbudmen and ask.
I'm hoping the USS Denver has one before it decommissions. Best-case scenario: from Japan to Seattle. I'd only need a one-way ticket. :~)
My son said the Pearl Harbor "may" be planning to do a Tiger Cruise as well. I sure hope so. My youngest son is really looking forward to it. Honolulu to San Diego---not a bad trip!
No kidding, can I come too?! ;)
The USNS Mercy is doing the Honolulu to SD Tiger Cruise this month, in fact.
If they do a Tiger Cruise , you ladies have to go. They are so much fun.I went on one last August, It was only a day, but one of the best days we had as a family. They give us full run of the ship. If you want to tour the engine room or the bridge they let you and they were happy to tell you all you want to know. It made me apreciate and very proud of all that they do to keep us safe. I hope to someday go on another.
My husband will be joining our son on the Tiger Cruise with the USS Pearl Harbor too. I just wish they would let us know quickly when so that we could buy the plane tickets.....


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