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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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Hi everyone!

My boyfriend is returning from his A school in Illinois very very soon! As excited as I am, I wanted to know if anyone else has gone through the process of their reservist returning to civilian life. When he fly's home, is there a debriefing process he will have to do at his assigned site? He has heard from different people that it takes two weeks to go from active to reserve and that he will need to stay at his reserve site the full two weeks he comes home. Any information can help us, thank you! 

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SwimCoach, My son is reserve also. I haven't heard about him spending 2 weeks there but it could be a possibility. My son told me that when he leaves A school that he has 72 hours to report to his reserve center. Maybe others will be able to help in clarifying this.

My daughter just graduated from A school in August.  She flew back on a Friday and reported to her reserve station Saturday morning.  Spent about 6-7 hours there doing paperwork, etc. and then was allowed to come home to finish out the rest of her active duty time - which was about 2 weeks or so. (My understanding was she had leave that she took for those 2 weeks and when that was done, she was released from active duty - I may not be correct on that though).  Hope that helps.   She was told the same thing initially too - that she would have to stay at the reserve station until she was released from active duty.  I realize all reserve stations may not be the same and may have different procedures.  She really likes the command at her station and so far they have been very helpful.  Hopefully that will continue!

Gabby 1969, Thanks for the information. If I may ask, what state are you in?

We are in Missouri.  They also told her at A school not to even bother asking about a C school until she had "done some time" because why would they want to send her to C school until she had "proven she had done something for the Navy".  One of the first things they asked her at the reserve office when she reported was what C school did she want, and told her they would get her into a good one.  She is a corpsman so there are several to choose from.    She also had 4 officers ask her that on her first weekend duty.  So don't take what he was told in A school about reserves as the gospel!  As I've read on here before and we are finding to be true, active duty does not know about how reserve works/is. 


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