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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required



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Comment by kim ann on June 18, 2009 at 8:20pm
Let him know many moms praying for him!!! least he is allowing doctors this time to treating him! (As if he has much choice at this point in his career!) How you holding up, momma? Thinking and prayin' for you,too....
Comment by kim ann on June 17, 2009 at 11:45pm
Oh, Victoria! Am so happy that it is a happy ending! I agree, one day he will finally understand the depth of moms knowledge! Hippmom, I think you are very right! Usually not until they have children of their own! ("If only I had listened back then...."!!!)
Comment by kim ann on June 16, 2009 at 1:50am
Victoria, hope your son is doing much better by now? Keep us posted on his recovery, so many other moms worry about him too! Been praying for a speedy recovery, and that his leave time still is relaxing and one to reflect on with joy (outside of that one encounter, of which I hope is now 'forgotten'!)
Comment by kim ann on June 10, 2009 at 10:40pm
I understand your concern, and I sure do hope he is healing up nicely? One of my boys burned his hand while on a leave, was between duty stations at the time, and had a VERY difficult time gathering all the necessary paperwork before he left for his next base, and Still had alot to hunt down and gather up, get faxed, etc from his station. My recomendation: call your recruiter there, find out what forms/paperwork/notes/signatures need to be together for him to take with him when he goes back. I, too, do not think he will be excluded from school, altho my son did loose a couple of days when he got back to have the local burn unit check him out, and wait until they gave him the OK for going back to school at the time. (Hence the call to the recruiters to try and keep things to a minimum!) (Yeah, I have one, no, TWO of those accident prone kids myself! Would he listen to me before it happened? Of course not! Hard lesson learned! Ha! Thankfully he does not have lasting problems from that burn.)
I feel badly for all of you, but rest assured knowing he still needed the time off to be with all of you doing things together! He just needs some of that momma love to heal well fast! Good Luck! :0}
Comment by kim ann on May 22, 2009 at 1:23am
Julie, my condolences too. Seems so many things have to come up all at the very same time. I pray that comfort comes to each of you and all families involved. I am sure Matt totally understands.
All of you have a very blessed, fun filled, safe and loving Memorial Weekend!
Comment by kim ann on May 20, 2009 at 11:38pm
Sioban, I am sorry. I can sure feel your frustration to being so close and think unable to get there. I hope things work out that you may go for at least a little while. No one should ever come between a mom and her "brood"!
Comment by kim ann on May 15, 2009 at 10:28pm
I am with you, nothing offends me more than those who go after the ones who are keeping them free. I do not understand how someone can be so blatantly ignorant and cold hearted. No matter how one feels about the war, believing in our men and women who protect us should come natural to giving respect. To be outright in disgraceful. I am proud of you for having the ability to standing up for them! What an honor it is! Bet it took all of them by surprise, too!
Comment by kim ann on April 9, 2009 at 7:35pm
I seen that on several sets of news this today, it is sad too think piracy is on the rise, and that these civilian ships can not even be armed for their own self defense. It was stated that this ship (Alabama freighter) was there delivering aid to the Sumalians, was overtaken by the pirates, but the crew overtook them and captured one pirate. When time came to exchange "prisioners" the pirates backed away and took theirs but not releasing the American captain. The USS Bainbridge is there now to help assist. What is this world coming too.....
Comment by kim ann on March 28, 2009 at 2:14pm
Hello Siobhan! congrats on having your sailor home for a time! It is heavenly to have them back, just to sit back once in awhile and "listen" to all the goings on, the noise itself is like music to the ears!
Victoria, sure hope you get that call soon too! If they only knew what it does for the poor ole' motherly heart!
I hope the rest of you stay off the site here to enjoy and breathe in every possible living moment with all your sailors! Congrats to their safe return! :~}
Comment by kim ann on March 25, 2009 at 1:00am
Vicky, so sorry to hear about JJ dilemma. So wrong of her to do that to him. When he has put himself out there for each of us...I will pray for his breaking heart to mend, to be filled with the love pouring out from a moms tenderness to help ease some of the hurt away.
I also pray for safe journeys for the rest of you, and that the time goes slowly once you are there, to enjoy those sailors of yours! Do have a really good time, give hugs continually! Maybe I will have the chance to meet all of you sometime down the road! My boys still have a coulple months in C-school to finish up, and I am not hurrying that along just yet! PS. Make a good MOMMY BRAG BOOK!

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