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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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My daughter has been in SEPS since June 13th. She started having a lot of leg pain during the second week of BC. She requested an opportunity to visit the medical facilities and was basically told to "shake it off" for 10 days. Because she was assigned Port Ships Watch she couldn't find spare time to go. Finally, when it got unbearable they sent her and she was diagnosed with multiple stress fractures. In addition, they found she had a calcium deficiency and decided to medically discharge her. They've been giving her calcium supplements and she's feeling much better, even trying to keep up with her PT, but she's been sitting in SHIP 5 for 13 days now and says that SEPS folks are treated like, "second class citizens". she's lost a lot of the pride she was feeling to be part of the NAVY.
What really stinks is they held her in DEP for 13 months! She was actually supposed to ship last September and due to temporary government cutbacks she got delayed until this past May.
I understand that they only want the strongest but I can't help but feel that they've thrown a good recruit...very high ASVAB and played with her life for now going on 15 months. She kept the faith and followed through with her side of the bargain, but when she was injured doing exactly what was asked of her she was tossed aside.
Sorry if I sound frustrated, but well...I am. This was not a kid that was trying to get out. She pushed as long as she physically could.
She called today and said she was meeting with legal and if all goes as planned she might be sent home next week, possibly Friday. Just in time to see her division graduate without her.

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To Ship 5 mom, you have every right to feel angry. I've been in your shoes. Our son appealed his case. There are many families out there going through this with you. Send me a message. This page seems so be confusing to navigate for me. feel free to message me, there is support from families going through the same. You are not the only one that hears about the less than human treatment feeling while waiting in seps for their appeal or processing out time. Again, we have been in your shoes and know what you are going through. And to you terr bear, (the other mommcommenting on this discussion) I think I may know you. ;)
Actually up until the day before she was told they were discharging her she thought she'd be delayed but then sent back into training. She's been doing her own PT, just in case. When they finally told her, "'re broken, bye" she was so shocked she just said okay. I think sitting in SEPS for 13 (now 14) days broke her down. Since I get the impression that appeals aren't something they feel keen to explain to them things just move forward at the pleasure of the powers that be...

I'm not one to believe "that just the way it is", I believe there is an exception to every policy, I've seen it! I've seen people busted in rank and the following week repromoted so they could reenlist (I was an Air Force personnelist for 21 years). I also believe "leave no stone unturned". If she doesn't try to appeal, she'll never know. Please take a deep breath and let THIS process work and try again. 

My daughters recruiter said she'll need to be cleared after she gets out by a civilian doctor. Sigh

I'm so sorry, I truly feel your frustration. My son is also on Ship 5 and has a legal appointment today so we'll know today when he's sent back home.

Please remember, "No matter how difficult the journey gets, keep your focus on your vision. God is something else to man" - Steve Harvey

"I have a plan. Do you trust me?" - God

Take a deep breath and take one day at a time, there is still hope. She needs to get healthy first.

Thank you. My girl said after legal that they just have to wait for the commander to sign off then it's about a week till they come home. I hope your son is doing okay and healing.

Thank you. I spoke to  him yesterday and he's in very good spirits. He plans on reapplying in 6 months and we're gathering information for a waiver for that time. I think his time in Ship 5 has clarified his dreams, he knows he wants to enter the Navy and is grateful he was given the opportunity to reside in SEPSA. God has a way and a plan. Best wishes to your daughter too.

Hi My son has been in ship 5 since Monday, he hurt his back pretty good during swim jumps. I spoke with him this morning and he sounds pretty dejected and bored. He does have a plan and working with legal to make sure his waiver allows him to go back in, he will come home heal and then in 6mos go back. I spoke with the recruiter here and they indicated to us if he can ensure the right waiver, come home see medical doctors here and then get their sign-off it can be quicker that appealing while there......I think at this point it depends on what is right for them and he seems to have a plan and articulated it ver maturely. I am very proud of him and look forward to him joining again when the time is right. He does seem even more determined to make it work and now just wants to make sure he is ready emotionally and physically before going back.

His maturity is an indication of his upbringing. Be proud mom and stay strong for him so he can continue to do what he feels is right for his future. Best wishes and healthy healing.

Thank you here's to hoping he heals quickly!


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