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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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PIR Date 5/27/10

For anyone with a family member/Loved one that shares the PIR date of May 27th 2010

Members: 50
Latest Activity: Oct 10, 2014

Discussion Forum

Graduation Tickets

Started by clara333. Last reply by AnnD [Ship 7, Div 198] May 25, 2010. 12 Replies

I am asking if anyone is not using all four visitation family and I are flying down from Florida.  I need two tickets one for my husband and the other for my father.  The reason behind…Continue

Grads leaving for an A school in another state

Started by Grandma B. Last reply by DeannaD-Bigpumpkin May 13, 2010. 3 Replies

I read that we can meet them at the airport if they are going to another A school..  Is that the naval airport? On base/ How would I know?Our guy is supposed to be leaving for Groton Conneticut. …Continue

PIR, Liberty, Parking, etc..

Started by DeannaD-Bigpumpkin. Last reply by AnnD [Ship 7, Div 198] May 7, 2010. 8 Replies

 I found this on another discussion, long but very helpful. Here is a list of things I have seen asked about frequently. Feel free to cut and paste to posts elsewhere to answer people's questions…Continue

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Comment by lori on October 10, 2014 at 3:16pm

Hi Marilyn! Glad you are still here even though Jordan is out! That's great he's doing something he loves to do. And he will make an awesome nurse! 

Moving to Florida? Where in Fl?

Your life is very busy by the sounds of it raising your Goddaughter. Sounds like all your kids are spread all over the states! 

Good to hear from you and read what is going on in your life. Is there only 2 of us left on here?

Comment by Mar ProudSailorMom on October 9, 2014 at 7:16am
I am still here! Although Jordan got out about a year ago - I am here! I had started a group on here and have to stay active so the group can continue!! :)
Jordan is in his second year of college and is working toward a nursing degree. We think he'll be AWESOME at it. It will give him a chance to connect with people and help them, which was his goal.
We are looking at moving (GOD WILLING) next summer to Florida. We shall see what happens with that. We are also currently raising our 10 year old goddaughter, so that's been a big life adjustment. Our youngest is also in his second year of college at JMU and is loving it. Our oldest and his wife and kids are still in San Diego and I get out there when I can to visit. Our daughter and her husband are in Missouri (he is in the Army and is stationed there) and they have a little girl...who I adore! :) I also try to see her when I can.
Can't wait to hear from everyone else!!!
Comment by lori on October 8, 2014 at 7:49pm

Hello all! I was looking at all my groups and wondered who might still be left in Navy Moms. I'm sure for some who had sailors that had signed for just 4 years those sailors have moved on or re upped. So I decided to see who all might be left! What is everyones son been up to? Where are they now? Mine is deployed to the Pacific Ocean. Will be gone for almost 10 months. He got married at a court house to a young lady he's known for 8 years before they both left. She is in the Army and also deployed as a Flight Medic. 

This is his second deployment. He's on the USS Carl Vinson a Carrier. 

So…let's hear from who's left!

Comment by lori on April 11, 2014 at 8:21am

Thanks Marilyn. Those dreams seem to be more in the distance now! I've got 5 weeks left of this semester and I'm just flat out tired. Need a break. 

That's wonderful that Jordan wants to be a nurse. Good for him! He's such a caring person that he needs to be in a career where he can use that compassion. He will make a good nurse!

Your oldest grandbaby is 5??? Where has the time gone? Hard to imagine that Tyler is old enough to be in college already.

It would be great to get together. Once school is out I will have time to breath again. We MUST find a date to do something! So much to catch up on. It was good hearing where all your kids are at. 

Comment by Mar ProudSailorMom on April 8, 2014 at 4:04pm

Hi, friends!

GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU, Lori!  You are a smart lady and it's awesome to hear how well you are doing reaching for your dreams! ♥ I know you will do well in biology and Chemistry - but I will say a quick prayer for you too! 
So happy Paul is doing well!  I'm sure he's had some great adventures. Crazy that it's been 4 years! WOW!!!  We need to get caught up soon!

I'm still on here (I had started a group for the Okinawa sailors, so I have stayed on to keep that group rolling!)
Jordan is doing well.  He will start nursing school in the fall here in Northern VA.  He is working with a young man who has some special needs and going to school to get many of his basic classes out of the way. He has his moments when he is frustrated with how things turned out - but he is getting more and more to a place where he knows GOD has a plan and he's just focused on the next steps.

Our other kids are doing well. Oldest granbabie is 5 and will be starting school in the fall. (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!) Have the 3 year old and 2 year old grandbabies...and no more on the way for now! :)  Our youngest son - Tyler is going to JMU in the fall for his sophomore year and studying Comp Sci.  He still wants to be an Air Force pilot and also work in the Intel we'll see how it all comes together.

Cliff (hubby) retired from the Coast Guard last summer and he's doing pretty well.  Having to still make some adjustments with his goals and "what he wants to be when he grows up", but he has a good job and we are making plans for the next steps.

I'm still at the same job and things are going well.  Staying busy and mostly out of trouble!  It would be lovely to get together some day and chat in person! 

Please keep the updates coming!

Be blessed - Marilyn

Comment by lori on April 8, 2014 at 3:12pm

Terrie, hard to imagine it's been 4 years since our boys went off to boot camp. I knew it was in April, right after Easter but I just saw on a FB post from my son's friend [who was in his division as well as he's on his ship] that it's 4 years today. Wow. Paul has 2 more years to go now. He's out on the water now but it's just a work up. Deployment for 9 months is coming up. 

Reading the last time I posted [a year ago!] it makes me laugh. I thought algebra was hard...Biology/chemistry is no walk in the park I can tell you! I actually got a B for my final grade in Math. I will be happy if I can pass this semester.

So how are your sailors? We've had a really bad year so far with losses of our guys. Latest one was in Norfolk. How is everyone doing? It would be great to get a recap of this past year and what everyone has been up to. Thanks Terrie for checking in!

Comment by bryters ATI Whidbey Island on April 6, 2014 at 9:36pm
It's time, what is everyone's sailors up to?
Comment by lori on April 4, 2013 at 4:38pm

Marilyn, so sorry that Jordan never got to do what he really wanted to do. He is a remarkable young man and whatever the next step in his life will be he will shine in that.

Your life is full and it was nice reading about where all your kids are at and what is going on in your life.

Terrie- I am filled with more motivation than smarts! Math is what will kick me under I think. All the other classes I can do with a lot of hard work. Algebra is my arch enemy and after failing my test today I'm thinking it might have the best of me. The brain is old!

Sorry Chris hasn't been able to do the traveling that he wanted. Seems things just aren't what were advertised when our guys were in BC.

Jill- I agree with you about the door closing and another opening. I can't imagine the worry you must have gone through when your Chris was in Afghanistan. So glad he's back from there! Have you gotten to see much of him since he's been back?

When Paul was out to sea and was over in the Straits of Hormez I didn't really think about any danger until Dan Rather did a news report about the Vinson. He and his crew were on the ship filming and when I watched it I couldn't rest until I knew the ship had left those waters. Paul did get to see some different countries and liked that but he didn't like the months at sea much. 

Comment by Jill-FLA-Proud Mom of a Sailor on April 3, 2013 at 8:04pm
So glad to see all your postings about the last 3 years...and I can't help but echo your sentiments that it is hard to believe that it's been that long. I remember when we dropped our Chris off at the recruiters and then saw him off at MEPS the next day. The emptiness, sadness and anxiousness as he left for GL will never be forgotten. And then followed by the excitement of their graduation. It seems like our sailors have had a real mix of experiences. Thrilled for the ones that have had the wonderful experience they sought and saddened by those that dreams did not materialize as expected. I am a firm believer in things happen for a reason and when one door closes, there is another waiting to be opened and be walked through...with new dreams to be realized. Our Chris has had mixed experiences. After graduation, he left for Fort Leonard Wood as part of the Seabee reserve program. His recruiter said he could switch to active after graduation, then after A School, but neither one proved to be true. After 3-4 months he retuned home to Florida as a reservist in a rating that was overmanned. They received their deployment orders and spent off and on the next several months being trained for boots on the ground in Afghanistan. Sand sailors! He left Florida last June and just arrived home. I found out the day before my birthday that they had left Afghanistan and were en route home. Chris never told us as he wanted to surprise us but we found out he had left the base. it was over a month early and I immediately felt all the tension and fright leave my body then and there just knowing he had left safely. The deployment time was reduced due to budget cuts etc. Once they aree removed from active duty, he will try and switch ratings as there is no movement in his rating...frustrating for him. Chris was unable to share about his experiences over there but we are SO very thankful that he is home again in the USA. We are not sure what the future will within the Navy but continue to keep hope. If not, then back to college and civilian life. Time will tell. I will continue to keep all our sailors in my thoughts and prayers and hope that one day they all find that this has not been for nothing. I am so proud of each one of our sailors...for their commitment, courage and endurance of what they have had to endure. May the seas be smooth for all our guys and gals out there.

Best to you good to hear from everyone!
Comment by bryters ATI Whidbey Island on April 3, 2013 at 5:14pm

It's amazing how fast the last three years have passed. I hope the next year will go just as fast.

Chris went to Whidbey Island, Washington after school (no deployments) and they told him he would have to stay another two years before he could get new orders. He really wanted to travel and thats not going to happen as long as he's at Whidbey. I know it's God's plan, but getting my sailor to believe that is another story.

I've also heard of Sailors getting out up to a year early.

Marilyn, I think Bangor is near Seattle(near Whidbey Island also)  join the Washington  n4m group they are very helpful. Also I have a Navy friend who has friends near that base if he needs anything let me know and I can make a few phone calls. I will keep Jordan in our prayers as he makes the transition back into the civilian world.

Lori- I wish I had your motivation to go back to school. Congrats!

Navy Mom Hugs to you all!



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