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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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Its usually the last couple days of deployment. But tell him to have fun.
We are planning to join the Boxer in the fall. what medical paperwork do they require? is it required for everyone, or just for those with certain conditions? We are very excited about the possibility of a Tiger Cruise and want to be as prepared as possible, especially learning that it is 'first come, first serve'.

They will email you all the paper work, and its usually not first come first serve.  Each sailor is allowed to tigers, but not everyone has people comming.  So have your sailor ask around if you have more than two that want to go. When I went on the cruise last August my son was able to sponser three.

We also were told one Tiger each. I believe the only reason one would be denied, would be due to health issues.

My husband is on the last leg of his journey home. I sure wish my son could come home too. This is his second set of holidays without being with us. Next year will be three due to his next deployment. My oldest daughter and I just came back from a wake for one of my son's friends he has known since Kindergarten. This young man accomplished so much in his young life and was a pre med student. So sad Leukemia took him after such a long and hard fight. I miss my son being home even more now knowing how quickly any of our lives could come to an abrupt end.

Those who have their Sailors home for the holidays, enjoy every second!

God bless and Merry Christmas to all of you!

I have no idea how tiger cruises work.  Is there a cruise planned for the Bonhomme Richard?  My son has not even reached the ship yet but I don't want to miss the opportunity if it arises.  I would love to do one.


They will let your son know. Have him ask when he gets there and he can send the details to you. From what I understand it is a " stand by to stand by" situation because their missions are always subject to change.
Just came home from a Tiger Cruise. It was awesome! If it is offered and you can swing the time and travel expense.....don't miss the opportunity!

Is a Tiger Cruise only on an aircraft carrier? My son is assigned to a command flagship. Is it offered there as well?

Check out the Navy for Dads website for ideas.  Google tiger cruise navy for dads and you will find it.  Best hint: pack light. 

Haven't heard from my sailor about this, but will do the Tiger Cruise if it isn't in the middle of something I can't change.  Just got the Ombudsman Newsletter about one going on for my sailor's ship.  There will be a one day or a 3 day trip due to a couple of stops.   Too early to know the dates just yet.  Remember to not share details due to safety: OPSEC rules.  This is really important to protect our loved ones.

Will there be a Tiger Cruise for the USS Somerset?


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