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**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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Started this discussion. Last reply by BunkerQB Jun 6, 2012. 5 Replies

My son.leaves July 18 to Bootcamp . How can I find graduation date?Do they have time of once he is in À school, like.for thanksgiving?Continue


Welcome, Kajmam! Ship 13 div 294 PIR 9/14/2012

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I am a mom of 19 y/o almost 20, young man, who left for bootcamp on july 17-18 th. He will go to corpsman school after BC. Where that will be is not clear to me yet. Please contact me if you live close to me. Love to meet new people.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
In the NROTC program
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
So far the recruiter seems nice, but the info is very slow and I need to know more. When is PIR? Where is he?

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At 10:15am on July 28, 2012, diannep said…

Hey there!  Got your message to group about the airports.  The easiest to navigate is Milwaukee and prices sometimes are cheaper (car rentals too).  Check out Southwest Airlines if that is available to you since they have no change fee and 2 bags check for free.  I had to change my reservations when my son was there...didn't have them with SW....sigh....Furthest airport is Midway in Chicago.  Lots of traffic in Chicago depending on time of day.  But remember....if your sailor will be flying out to A School, they will be flying from either Ohare or Midway.  We tell the ladies to try and book return flights late Sunday if possible in case their sailors have flight plans changed (happens).  That way they have more time together.  Most of those flying out will leave the day after PIR.

So sorry you are having a problem with the site.  I have been on it since 2009 and didn't understand it at first either, but stayed on it and learned pretty quickly.  After you hit Add a Comment, "refresh" the page and you will see your comment stay.  I find that if I post, then leave the page and come right back, I don't see it yet.  But it does refresh on its own pretty quickly and it is there.  I have never posted a comment that wasn't there.  So don't give up!  We veterans did not start the FB groups...many of those lades are going through bootcamp now...not sure if they check our page for info and then take it back to FB, but we hope that for ones who want to be on FB too, that they also stay on N4Moms.  We N4Moms veterans are finding that there is lots of misinformation being floated around on FB because they aren't checking info with ones who have been through this already.

Welcome to the group and hope that you stay!  If we can help you in any way, please ask us.  FTLW, ellen, Lala, Betsy and I are the regular N4Moms veterans on the N4Moms PIR sites...but others drop in with great info.  Please feel free to message any of us if we can help you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

At 3:37pm on July 19, 2012, Kira (Daughter AT1 Whidbey) said…

Hi Julie,

Did your son call you on the trip to GL? I'm sure Emily was with your son. She said there was 8 recruits in the same California group that went from SJC to Dallas to Chicago. She called me and we texted while in Dallas but then her phone died and she borrowed a phone and made a call to me to tell me she got to Chicago. 

I just hope and pray she's doing ok. I know they don't let them sleep until late tonight after being up since yesterday morning, that's grueling! I'm feeling better about it since she left than before she left, it was so so hard and I cried a lot before she left but now I'm at peace with it.

I'm going to PIR in Sept and I don't know for sure but am thinking it's on 9/14 since one member here said her daughter went to BC last week on 7/11 and her PIR is 9/7. I'm going with my husband and son (Emily's twin brother) and my kids' dad.



At 6:45pm on July 18, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…

I bet our sons were on the plane together. Mine also stayed overnight in San Jose then flew out today. We had to say goodbye in the recruiter's office before they drove to San Jose. It's so hard! I'm keeping my phone by my side, hoping I get that 30-second "I'm here" call that other moms have mentioned. I just want to hear his voice.

How are you doing?

At 2:25pm on July 11, 2012, ebigirl said…


Thank you for friending me.  I see that your son is going to be in the Reserves. My son is also in the Reserves, with the Seabee detachment. He is a CM (construction mechanic) and loves it!! What rate (job) will your son be?

It's normal to be nervous. Please know that your son is going to a very safe place and that they take very good care of the SR's (Sailor Recruit's). I knew nothing about the Navy or the Military for that matter before my son enlisted. He is my only child, and I had a very hard time during the 8 weeks that he was in bootcamp. I'm glad that you found this site prior to your son's leaving. There are so many awesome mom's here to help answer your questions. The only dumb questions are the ones not asked, in my opinion! Welcome aboard!


At 11:14pm on June 5, 2012, Recruit Man - Ronny said…

Welcome to!!

I hope you get all the information here you are looking for.  Please stop by the Survival Guide for New Moms for some of the info to start with.  
If you have a new Recruit and need phone cards for them please check out Calls for and get them for FREE.  I feel that the Family, Loved Ones, nor the Men and Women of our Armed Forces should have to pay for phone calls from Boot Camp.  The link above will take you to the website to send the email for the FREE phone cards if you need them.  Please spread the word if you know of anyone who can use this great service!!!

At 5:33pm on June 4, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our
Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :)


At 4:33pm on June 3, 2012, BunkerQB said…

We have a Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbie (clickable link). You'll find everything you need to get started. Videos, PDF files of boot camp processing days, links to all the important groups plus tips on how to use this site. Keep in mind the videos and PDF files may take some time to download the first time you try it. It'll look like nothing is happening. Be patient. Best part is it'll be here on your very own page as a reference. Click the MY PAGE tab on above menubar to access your page anytime - you should do it at least once a day to see if you have any postings on your comment wall (like this one).

Here is the link to our San Fran group. Just click on it and click +JOIN.

San Francisco Bay Area Navy Families Group

Be sure to join the site ( Craig the creator is former Navy and has a son in the Navy too) - a site just for deppers - link in the survival guide.

Good luck.



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