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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 son had his PIR on 12/15/21 and became a Sailor. After graduation he was sent to the temporary hold unit (THU) while they finalized his medical waiver. He just found out yesterday that they denied his medical waiver and he was immediately sent to Ship 5 SEP. We are both devastated.

He had a diagnosis of ADHD but hasn't been on medication for it in 3 years. We disclosed this information and they confirmed everything prior to MEPS. While he was in basic training he did get ASMOD once and they also found a thyroid issue. They eventually cleared him of the thyroid concerns so I assume his separation is due to the ADHD diagnosis.

I am trying to get him to appeal, but he is so discouraged and disappointed right now that he is not interested. He also has heard that appealing can take up to a year and he doesn't want to sit in Ship 5 for that long. Does anyone know the appeal process and how long it can take? I truly hope he appeals it, but now that he is an adult this is all his choice. 

Thank you.

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GingerSnap - I'm sorry to hear this.   ADD/ADHD is a disqualifying factor for the Navy.  If it was disclosed (and they approved it) they would have given him a waiver for it.  Do you know if the recruiter followed through to get the waiver?  That's the important thing to know.....again, I'm sorry to hear this but there isn't a whole lot you can do - especially since you don't know for sure if that is the reason. 

Hopefully you will hear from your son and you can get more info.  And yes, the appeals process can take a very long time...

I don’t recall specifically hearing that the waiver was approved, but his recruiting process took a year and a half because of it. They asked for all sort of medical information, which we provided, so when they finally scheduled him for MEPS we assumed it was all done and he was good to go.

Two weeks into boot camp they started requesting the same information again. It is so disheartening for him to go through all of this, succeed, only to have it taken from him. I did finally get to talk to him last night and he told me that if he were still in THU he would definitely appeal, but now that he’s in Ship 5 SEP he has no desire to stay there any longer than he has to.

So, once he is sent home his plan is to go to a trade school to become a lineman. I am still so proud of everything he accomplished, but completely devastated at the same time. He truly wanted to be a U.S. Navy Sailor. I hope this doesn’t happen to other kids because it is definitely a morale killer.

Thank you for your reply.

Unfortunately it happens more often than we would like.  It's unfortunate but I have heard many stories where SR's disclosed info to recruiters and they were then either told to "not say anything" or the recruiter would "handle it".  But then the recruiter didn't handle it.  It's very unfortunate and in your sons case it sounds like he did the right thing but waiver's weren't gotten.  Again, I am so sorry this happened to him.  It's good to hear that he has a backup plan and I wish him all the best - I'm sure he'll be a great lineman! 

 And thank him for trying and tell him to hold his head high...Hang in there.


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