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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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I got my first letter (the form letter) last Tuesday but did not find this site until now.  I am making plans to make flight reservations for graduation but would like to find out what some other family members are doing for hotel, car, etc. I would love to start communicating with some other people who have kids in my son's division and then meet you at graduation.  Looking forward to a phone call and another letter soon!

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We are flying on Thurs and coming home Sunday too but I have not booked it yet.  How much extra did they charge for you to get refundable/changeable tickets?  I made my hotel reservation at the Ramada.  They have a PIR reception there on Thursday night plus they have a room with 3 queen beds which is perfect for our group.
The only mail I have received is the form letter with a short note on the back.  I have only received one phone call the day he arrived there and it sounded like he was reading from a 3 X 5 card.

I received a letter from my daughter today saying that the females from 009 and 010 are in the same compartment at night, and then they switch over in the morning to join their "brothers"


I received a letter last Thursday and another one today.  It sounds like things are going very good for him.  He still does not have final details about graduation and leave and exactly when he leaves for school.  That information would be nice to have before making plane reservations.  I got prices for tickets last Thursday and when I went to book the flights on Friday the prices had gone up about $50.  I read that ticket prices are lower on Tues, Wed and Thurs so I will look again tomorrow.  I still have not gotten a phone call yet but the letter I got today said he should be able to call not long after I got the letter.

My son is in Ship 07 Div 010.  I received a text message today that my son would be calling home sometime's kinda freaking me out wondering if something is wrong.  I've never heard of getting a text message in advance of a phone call, so I'm sitting on pins and needles.

It wasn't from a RDC and it wasn't an "official" text.  I don't really know who it was from, but it was much appreciated. We got our call about 7:30pm (Eastern time) on Wednesday.  We got to talk about 10 minutes.  My son said he didn't know when he'd get to call again.  The list is a great idea.  After we hung up, I thought of alot of questions that I forgot to ask!
We are driving up from S.C.  I have a friend whose grandson graduated earlier this year and he recommended Homewood Suites.  I haven't called yet to see if they have special rates for Navy families, but we plan on doing that in the next few days. We got a phone call tonight, and it was great to hear his voice.
My son called on our house phone and I was not home.  I feel horrible that I missed his call and his message sounded REALLY disappointed that he could not talk to us.

My son called last night as well.  It was very good to hear from him.  He sounded good and said the weather was getting cold.  I am so glad that he called my cell phone, because I was not at home at the time he called.


Donna, My heart aches for you.  I know how hard it is not to hear from you son, maybe he will get another opportunity soon to call.  The one thing my son asked for was to be sure to write letters.  They really help and keep them encouraged.

I am so sorry you missed his call, Donna.  Hopefully, it won't be long before he's able to call again.  I can't get over how homesick my son is.  He spent the entire summer away from us last year doing mission work and didn't seem to miss us at all.  I guess it was different, knowing he could call us anytime, plus this is a whole other world.


Like proudmom07's son, my son is asking for letters, too.  I guess the best thing we can do for them right now is to write as much as possible. 

I was wondering if anyone in this division only has 2 people going to PIR.  We have 6 people and I am hoping that we can all sit together.

Hi Donna, my son too is in Ship 07 div 010.  I'm starting to make my plans for PIR now.  I'm booked at the Ramada but after reading some of the other comments, may reconsider staying elsewhere.  It's very overwhelming.  I'm booked for that Thursday and leaving Monday but may change back until Thursday.  I also read that flying into Milwaukee is much, much easier to travel to the Base area vs coming from Chicago so I'm looking into that too.

Would love to hook up with some of the same ship/division folks too.   


I've heard from my son a lot via letters and got a phone call too.  It was so good hearing his voice.  I cried and he cried.  One of his letters said something about a phone call on Thanksgiving or before Graduation.  I hope so.   This past week ( 4-1) he called the Hell Week in that they were doing the gas chamber training.  Can't wait to hear about the results.  he's gotten his dress uniforms, one piece cdoverall and kakhi's.   He also said they don't get mail on Fri, Sat or Sun, only Mon-Thursday.    Can't wait to see him and to now meet (hopefully) some of my new Navy Moms/Dads!



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