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**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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

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**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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We got the "letter" today!!!!

We are both so excited to finally know his address and what division he is in!!! We had both encouraged him to tell the truth when asked about previous marching experience and apparently he did since he is in Div 943! We are both thrilled to see him on 9/7!!!

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My son Nichollas is on the same one. Glad to see someone else in the same group:)
My son Michael is in Ship 02 DIV 943. Guessing 4 years NJROTC was a good start for him. Miss him so but so proud of him!

My son is in this division. I sound ignorant, but what does prior marching experience mean in relation to division? Eric was in four years of marching band, and in DEP.

The 900 divisions are the performing divisions. They are the ones who hold the state flags, sing in the choir, are the drill team (with the rifles) and are in the bootcamp band, they also are the rail guards (meaning they stand in the stands during PIR, and make sure no one blocks the exits or stands by the rails).


Write your recruit to see what part he is doing.  Even if they where in band they still could be doing one of the other things I listed.

Our son's name is Tyler. He is the oldest of our 7 kids so this hasn't been easy for either of us. It has been harder on his Mom (Dad is generally the one commenting on here) but today it hit me some. I had written him and I was reading a book about a Navy Seal sniper, in it he was talking about how he found out about 9-11 and how he had raced 90 plus miles to get to base that morning. I was reading that portion to wifey and I was crying as I read it to her. I mumbled something about "Why is this affecting me so much?" She said "I dunno, maybe because you had just finished writing Ty and 9-11 is the reason he joined the Navy" I hate it when she is right! LOL. So yeah maybe it isn't as easy I thought it would be.

We both miss him A LOT! He was always helpful and we really miss that!!! But we are both super excited to see him.

Hi Proudmom!

Seven kids isn't as bad as it Wifey had to do the hard part. LOL!! We completely agree with you on "I am extremely proud of the man my son is becoming, but that doesn't make this any easier." - it isn't easy at all. Our 6 younger ones are having a hard time too. They are all very close in age and I think that is what is really affecting them......he is 18 then we have a 17 yo Daughter, 16 yo Son, 14 yo Daughter, 13 yo Son & twin 12 yo Sons. They are all handling it differently and like to take it out on each other. Which frustrates Wifey & I to no end!!

I was reading in the 900 division group that sometimes the US Navy Recruit Training Command Facebook page puts up pictures for PIR. In that thread, some people said that the 900 divisions perform at the 2 PIR's before theirs as well as theirs. So there is a chance we will get to see pics of Tyler & Gary before they PIR! I think that would be awesome!!! Here is the link to the facebook in case you don't have it.

My son is also Ship 2 Div 943. We were surprised and thrilled too that he admitted to having band experience. I always loved watching him at band competitions, I can't wait to see him at PIR.

Has anyone in this group received an actual letter yet?

No we have not gotten any letters. We are rather frustrated by it too. My sister (Retired Chief) said that the 900 divisions don't get as much time to write letters as the other divisions because they are practicing their parts for PIR. It doesn't make the waiting any easier but it makes sense.

It does help to know that. I would love to get a letter, but it helps to know that it seems to be the entire division, not just my son.
I have not gotten anything yet either. I sure hope we do soon, I sure would like to hear from my son.


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