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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.

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Our son arrived at RTC on 05 January from MEPS.  He's a tall kid, 6"4".  They weighed him at MEPS, said he was 8-9 pounds overweight but within tape measurement standards so they sent him to Great Lakes.  Upon arrival they measured him again and pushed him forward in the process.  On 10 January they pulled him from his unit, said asked him if he had bribed medical at MEPs, said he was 10 pounds overweight and sent him to Ship 5 for discharge.  How stupid is this.  His RDC told him as he departed to fight it, or at least come back after waiting the necessary six months.  A Navy civilian working at SEPS told him he had never seen a case like this with a male recruit in his 20 years there.

Our son sees legal next week.  Should he appeal?  He really wants to stay in but can't decide if it is better to leave now so he can restart the DEP process in six months, or take his gamble with an appeal which he hears can last 3-4 months or more.  He doesn't want to waste time appealing only to lose the appeal in the end.

Do people win legal appeals in SEPS and win a return back to RTC and boot camp? 

Seems stupid for MEPS to have sent him only for the Navy to turn him around within days and send him to SEPS for discharge--waste of time, money and a smart, good kid who would make a great sailor.

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It is possible and not likely. A great resource is on Facebook: SHIP5 SEPS. You will need to ask to join. Great support and wonderful advice.



Thanks Heidi.  Will look up SHIP5 SEPS on FB.

Thank you so much!!  

Just requested :)


I agree with Heidi !
Here is a link to take you directly to the Ship 5 SEPS FaceBook Group.
It is an active group. But can take up to a week to be granted access by the Admin.

Hoping for the best for your Son & your family. ~Chris

Hugs Texas Mom!!

Our PIR 2/3 girl arrived in GL 12/6 and was sent to SEPS 2 1/2 weeks ago, about 3 weeks into her journey; SEPS is a very long process, she's still there.  They found an undiagnosed med issue, grateful they found it. 

I'm so very sorry for the crazy journey your son has had.  Take a breath, breathe and pray.  It may not make sense to fight something for 3-4 months with all the stress, time, and energy that would entail; when he knows he can jump back into the Navy - without all that angst, in 6 months.  From the snippets I've picked up from our journey, the Navy makes these decisions to support the SRs in being as successful and they can possibly be.  While the recruiters/MEPS sending them through may feel their's some wiggle room; they are fastidious at GL, they have to be.  

Maybe during the 6 months or so until he re-enlists (and I strongly encourage him to do so, it sounds like he'll be a great Sailor!), he can take the opportunity to become more physically fit (their physical training is intense!!), memorize everything he can from the info his recruiter gave him and the Navy website, and jump back in better prepared to excel at all he can, shorten the learning gap, be at the top of his division.  

Another silver lining, he'll have already experienced a crazy life detour - the disappointment, frustration, and success of overcoming the challenge - and be a stronger, compassionate leader/mentor, to those who experience it in the future. 

Sending prayers, and trusting your son will make the right decision for him.


You know you make a very good point about a life detour.  Most optimistic thing I've read on this thread.  Sure could use more of that.

bnzmom - i couldn't agree more - my son just found out he is being moved to ship 5 for seps due to a viral infection he contracted there that flared into acute pancreatitis.  

the life detour is a great point and i know it will be a disappointment for him, but he is only 18 and has his whole life ahead of him, no matter what he decides.  he has to make the choice to fight this by next week.  


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