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All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

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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 oldest son shipped out yesterday. Got the call about 10:35 last night. So proud and sad, and happy, and nervous. Eagerly awaiting for his address do I can send him letters.

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Hi there. I have tried to reply to this twice but it doesn't seem to take. If it did and I don't see it, I apologize for the multiple replies.  My son shipped out on the 28th as well.

Hi there! I am glad to meet another 28th mom! How are you doing?

I could be better, lol.  Everything was great and then it hit me like a ton of bricks! It is a wonderful thing for him and I hope he does well.  I am just going through a surreal "now he's here, now he isn't".  You?

Our boys are up there going through the exact same thing at the exact same time, it's nice we will be here together.
Exactly! I can't believe I won't see him every day. I feel like he is at his friends house and will walk through the door any min. Then I remember. And I cry. It's amazing that they are in a totally different place. So, this afternoon, to keep myself busy and since I took 3 days off work, I let the kids stay home today and cooked brunch. They are enjoying me trying to stay busy as they just sat down to little smokies, sausage patties, maple sausage links, homemade biscuits, pancakes and cheesy scrambled eggs. Lol.
I feel bi polar cause I keep crying and then happy, then sad, needless to say I am a hot mess!

Too funny. I took off this week and worked from home.  I am not sure if that was the best thing to do for today and tomorrow.   Your brunch sounded great! We threw my son a party with the extended family this past Sunday.  He asked for no fancy food, but total casual comfort food including pigs in a blanket. :) Now I go into the pantry or the fridge and see all "his food". Bipolar is spot on.

What time did you get "the call"?

10:35 on the nose.

Me too! I had just filled my coffee cup, prepared to stay up all night waiting for the call. I had also had just finished crying, and my 19 yr old daughter had me interested in a game of Scrabble.

I gave up wine for Lent.  Trying to get back in shape following winter, etc.  Probably wasn't the smartest move. :).  I do though appreciate this discussion. I am already feeling better. Thank you for reaching out again.

I am so grateful to have someone to talk to who is at the same place I am in this process. Wish we lived closer! This is helping me also.
What designation is your son?


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