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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 Mar ProudSailorMom on April 2, 2013 at 4:06pm

Katie and Lori -

So much time has passed and so much has happened!

Jordan is actually heading home soon.  Because of the Navy budget cutbacks he was cut.  It's a long story and it has a lot of twists and turns - but the end result is that the LORD has had him firmly in His hands and has another plan for him.   He will be sent to Bangor Naval Base in WA state sometime in the next few weeks and then processed out...and then home to VA.  The time there was really BAD - some saying it's the worst they've seen of the Navy in their entire careers - and it was Jordan's first station. (Which he chose after scoring the highest in in school.  We look back at that now and wonder...but we can't do that, can we?  We have to believe the LORD has a plan and this is all part of it.)

We've had to get some other people involved and Cliff had to do the work of the JAG there finding the regulations needed to insure Jordan would still get his GI Bill.  But it seems to have been worked out now - and we're just waiting.  I will give details WHEN we all get together to chat.  It's too long to write it all out!

Our youngest - Tyler graduates in June and Cliff retires after 24 years with the Coast Guard. Tyler is planning on college and the joining the Air Force and Cliff is looking at some good jobs in the Cyber Security field.  Both are excited and nervous about their new life transitions! And I'm feeling the same way!  Nervous and excited to see what comes next.

Britt (our daughter) had her little girl 16 months ago and she is so much fun!  Her husband joined the Army and is currently at boot camp.  I am hopeful that they will be stations not too far away...but as I don't have any control - I just go along and pray a lot!

Jerod, his wife and kids are all doing well in San Diego.  He just finished getting his bachelors in Sports Psychology.  And will start working toward his Masters in July.  He is also planning to look for a job since he's been using the GI Bill the past couple years - that benefit is running out!

I'm still working for the same company - although we moved (Lori, I'm in a new building now - I REALLY miss the old one!) And things are fine.  Nothing new - but I think with all the other life changes going on for everyone else, that's probably a GOOD thing!

I miss this group of ladies the most of all the groups I've been a part of!  Maybe because we shared our hearts in such open ways at the very start of this adventure together!  I really WOULD love to get together ANY TIME.  June is a CRAZY month with the graduation and retirement...but May and July would be AWESOME if we can swing something.

Be blessed and keep in touch!

Comment by lori on April 2, 2013 at 3:37pm

Marilyn, I'm so glad you posted. I forget I'm even on this group at times! Amazing it's still up really. Looking at the date- has it really been that long? Katie I too remember dropping Paul off 2 days after Easter at the recruiters. Three years ago! 

I have gotten used to his being gone and though we don't see him often [ he came home at Christmas] we talk once a week or text. He's only been on one deployment for 6 months [ his school was very long] and then the ship went back to SD for refurbishment in May which was completed in Feb. They've been on short runs since. Not sure when it will go back out- depends on the budget I think. We went to SD when the Carrier came in which was awesome. What an amazing sight to watch this huge ship being towed in. Paul took us on a tour of the ship. He loves SD and I can't imagine he'll ever want to come back to MD after living there. 

Katie, we just drove through VA last night on our way home from NC were we stayed for a week to see our daughter and her family.

As I passed your place of work Marilyn I was thinking about you. I could see it in the distance. It was a very long drive yesterday and I had school today so I'm wiped out. After being with family [ and 3 grand kids] I need a vacation now! Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.

Comment by Jakesmom on April 2, 2013 at 3:09pm

Hi All........I still get notices on email when someone posts to a group I'm in.....Marilyn thanks for checking in. I can't believe in a few days it will be three years ago we dropped Jake off at the recruiters office and he left for GL. It seems as the years have pasted it gets easier for Jake to be gone but I still worry. Am I normal? Jake is out on his second deployment and it does seem like this one is easier too but I still worry. He's doing great, learning tons, making amazing friends and actually I think enjoying the Navy. Before he left on deployment he even decided he may reinlist at the 4 year mark for another 4 years. He's been stationed on the USS Carter Hall in Norfolk, VA and getting used to the area....... It's not Wisconsin but I don't think any new place you live is never 100% like home.

Hope all your sailors are doing well and stay safe and healthy. We have remarkable young men and women who proudly serve our country and I pray for each of them every day that our father in heaven watches over them and keeps them safe.

I would love to keep in touch as I have missed talking to other Navy Moms. We do plan on heading to Virginia when Jake comes back from deployment this time for his homecoming whenever that is.


Comment by Mar ProudSailorMom on April 2, 2013 at 11:30am


I thought I would do a quick check in to see if anyone else was still plugged into this group.

I want to get caught up on everyone - but I don't want to do a big long note if no one will see it!

I hope all is well for each of you.

Be blessed,


Comment by lori on June 6, 2012 at 2:56pm

Hi Katie! So good to see you pop up on here and get an update. I'm glad Jacob got back to his base safe and sound after his deployment. I must admit I was a little anxious when Paul was in the Straits of Hormez outside of Iran for months. I felt like I finally breathed when he was back in the US. Congrats on our guys becoming PO! Paul became one too several months ago [ before he left for deployment]. Oh- while the ship was out he became a "shellback" and if you've ever heard the stories about the ceremony it's not that pleasant! Then on their way back they crossed the equator and the International Dateline at the same time and became Golden Shellbacks! Not as common. When I saw him at Homecoming I wanted to know about the King of Neptune ceremony but he was reluctant to talk about it. 

I also got to talk to Paul [ only by email] when he was on the ship except one occasion when the ship went "dark" for awhile. I actually heard more from him when he was out than since he's been back on shore! 

Good to see our group hasn't been lost! Keep in touch.

Comment by Mar ProudSailorMom on June 6, 2012 at 9:42am


So happy to hear about Jacob and that he is doing well. :o)  It's such a relief that our kids survived, isn't it?!?!  What adventures and growth they have all had.  CONGRATS on the Third Class.  Jordan made that as well a few months ago - but to be honest, I haven't been good at keeping up on it!  I'm just proud he's doing his best and getting through at this point. 

I TOTALLY hope you will let me know if you get here to Virginia!  I would love to have a chance to drive down and see you!  It would be terrific to get to catch up in person. Send me a message ANY TIME!  I'm on here about 5 out of 7 days a week!


Comment by Jakesmom on June 6, 2012 at 7:58am

Hello Ladies, I have not been on NFM for quite some time except to pop on and off. I thought of all of you at the end of may when the 2 year mark came and went. I marvel at how fast that two years went. Jacob joined his ship in Barain and did a 6 month deployment and returned last year in May. He is now in Little Creek, Virginia and sounds like he will be there for awhile. He is doing well, totalling enjoying his independance (almost too much) but learning alot and staying out of trouble. He became a Third Class Petty Officer just last month. I actually get to talk to him about every 5 days when he has duty on the ship and he gets bored so he calls mom. I would love to get out there to visit but not sure when that will be.But hope to before he gets out.


Marilyn, I read back a bit and I'm so sorry Jordon has had to endure so much. I'm glad he's feeling better. I hope you get to go see him and have a wonderful time.

Lori, Glad to hear you had a lovely visit with Paul and he's doing well. I can't believe how time has flown and two years have already passed.


Glad to hear your all doing well and your sailors and too.

Comment by lori on May 31, 2012 at 4:46pm

Hi Marilyn! my life is finally slowing down to a normal pace. When I was in school I lost track of everything except getting the next assignment done. Now school is out and the excitement of seeing Paul is over I am doing other things that I enjoy! 

Late June or early July would be great! No plans as of yet. You are going away at some point I think I saw?

I'm sorry Jordan isn't happy with his assignment. I hope things will change soon for him. The Navy is wasting the talent and compassion of your young man. However- whatever Jordan is doing I know he is doing it with 110% of his whole being and making a difference even if it's not what he wanted. 

That will be great if you get the chance to go out and see him in Japan! 

I loved snorkeling when I went to a Caribbean island. And I don't swim! 

I know what you mean about the different groups not being the same as OUR group was. It was hard to adjust to the Vinson group and I felt like such an outsider for the longest time. A lot of the moms had been in the group for a while as this was their sons second or third deployment. But now that Paul has been on one and come back and I've been able to meet some of the ladies it's better.

I hope we hear from some of the mom's who were a part of our first journey on here!

Comment by Mar ProudSailorMom on May 31, 2012 at 10:22am


Lori - we NEED to pick a day and get together!  I'm happy to drive up to meet you...maybe in late June or July?  Let me know!

Terrie...Happy to hear from you! WOW!  So glad there are still awesome mom's from our group that are active on here.  :)  Good to get filled in even if Chris isn't loving it now. You never know where he'll go next! Life is like for for a lot of's an adventure to see where their lives (And the US NAVY) are going to take them.

Jordan is still in Okinawa and isn't loving it - but he's doing better than he was.  It's not at all what he thought it was going to be with the job -not nearly as much contact and helping people as he had expected.  But he finally has some better leadership (makes ALL the difference!) and he's doing much better. We are hoping to go see him in August.  Still trying to work out the details. He says its beautiful there and they have amazing scuba places.  We may snorkel - that's more my speed! :)  We are also hoping to go to Tokyo for a couple days to see the sights.  Not sure we'll go there again once he leaves.  He's there until Oct. 2013 - and he is HOPEFUL that he'll end up at least on the East Coast with his next assignment.  He is also thinking about changing jobs...we'll see what happens.

I've been really busy with the Japan Moms group and started an Okinawa Moms group a few months ago.  The ladies are lovely - but we haven't met up or anything.  Not the same as OUR GROUP - nothing could be though I don't think.  We share the start of this journey and shared our hearts in a deeper way than the others I've been in.  Y'all are special parts of my journey!

Looking forward to hearing more from each of you!

Be blessed!

Comment by lori on May 31, 2012 at 10:06am

Have you seen Chris recently? What does he do at Whidbey? 

I FB a couple of mom's from our PIR group. And email Marilyn from time to time. I have stayed on the Vinson site mostly as that is the ship that Paul is on. When it was out on deployment the site was very active as we kept each other informed. I got to meet some of the moms when we went to Home Coming last week. How about you?


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