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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 heard tina41 got a letter today!!! Yay for her!!!! Anyone else get one? None for me yet :( My SR has a 7 year old little brother that was crying yesterday because he misses his big brother!

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jessesmom,  we went through the same thing when my SR left for boot camp. His younger brother was 10 years old. It was very hard on him.  I found that Ben felt better after writing his soon to be Sailor brother letters. Ben would also draw lots of pictures.  That helped a lot.

  Once boot camp is over than you will have much more communication with your Sailor.  Ben and his big Sailor brother talk on Skype at least 3 times a week.

Hang in there. Time will go by very fast and soon you will be at your son's PIR. .

I had my daughter write her brother and it was funny what she wrote... She said mom is really into this letter writing thing. And she really misses him bugging her so don't forget to bug her in the letters he writes to her...

hello all   it is nice to get to know some moms whose SRs are in the same division as mine.   my SR has a 12 year old brother   he got upset about a month before he left for bc ( my son was in the dep program), so when he actually left he was ok  he writes him letters  when we got his letter i let everyone read it themselves  i think that helps    we all miss him terribly still

I got one yesterday too!!! But Tina and I have the same SR so makes sense lol. I really miss him but the letter made it ALOT easier to handle it all. He sounded kinda down so I'm hoping he starts having a better time there...

Just touching base.  My son is with this group as well.  I just got his actual letter yesterday.  He said he is craving fast food right now but he is doing good.  He said that there hasn't been too many illnesses in his group so far but they did have to take some kind of bacterial cleansing shower during the first week so maybe it helped.


My daughter couldn't wait to see my son leave because they are constantly bickering.  But the day he left she was hanging on to him like he was her personal life preserver and was crying more than I was.  She says now that its too quiet now.  Her bday is coming up at the end of the month and she thinks he won't remember.  He already got her a present before he left so I just have to remember to get it to her.  She will be surprised!

hello all     hope everyone is doing ok     we are entering our third week into bc   we are getting closer to PIR    hang in there

Got mine today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Congrats Trav'smom!! Hope the best for your SR :)


I just joined this group because of a recruit that our QC (Quad-Cities) Navy Moms have adopted.  He's from Togo and graduated from HS here after only being in the country for six months.  Even though English isn't his first language, he scored high enough on the ASVAB to join the Navy.  Our recruiter here is a super guy--he asked us to write as the recruit's mom had to go back to Togo.  She'll fortunately be back in time for PIR, but in the meantime, we're writing to him.  He was on hold for awhile in a special div. to learn English military terms--can you imagine not knowing what about face means when you're marching?!  Now he's in 303 with your loved ones.  I got a letter from him this week that was very sweet.


My son is an instructor there in Freedom Hall--he's one that yells at them to keep running or doing push ups or whatever they have to do! 

Gun's Mom  it's so nice of you to adopt this young man and help him through this. I am sure that his mom really appreciates you!!!
welcome ruth---it is very nice of you to adopt one of our division's SRs   thanks for being willing to help us  
i got a letter today!!!!!!!       dont know what it says yet   im not home   will report back later  


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