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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 for RTC Chicago

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chipmunk Mar 15, 2022. 5 Replies

M y son just left today, got to Chicago and last I heard he was getting ready to get on the bus and I know he has to be at RTC Chicago. I’m a mess. Can anyone help me in when he may make that call ??


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osubuckeyegirl commented on lemonelephant's page Battle Stations-21 (BST) in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Maybe I missed it but is there a certain time of day that they begin to battle stationtraining?"
Apr 27, 2022
Lila left a comment for osubuckeyegirl
"MomofJoseph,  My son left on 1/31 so arrived 2/1.  He let me know a week ago that they had their photos made ( so that is around 6 weeks?). As far as assessments go, he always writes or tells me he has one coming but never tells me if he…"
Mar 22, 2022
MomofJoseph left a comment for osubuckeyegirl
"I can so relate to the wanting to find out how he did on his assessment!  When my son was at BC, he wrote us every week and every letter said, "Please pray that I pass my fitness test."  But he never wrote and told us how he…"
Mar 22, 2022

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At 7:34pm on March 22, 2022, Lila said…

MomofJoseph,  My son left on 1/31 so arrived 2/1.  He let me know a week ago that they had their photos made ( so that is around 6 weeks?). As far as assessments go, he always writes or tells me he has one coming but never tells me if he did well... however, I have learned that no news is GOOD news.  They spend a lot of time dreading stuff if it is a test or a PFA but as soon as they pass it, they are cool and then they forget they set us up to worry about it too.  LOL. Must be a guy thing.  You will find out on graduation day because I bet he is doing just fine!

At 3:45pm on March 22, 2022, MomofJoseph said…

I can so relate to the wanting to find out how he did on his assessment!  When my son was at BC, he wrote us every week and every letter said, "Please pray that I pass my fitness test."  But he never wrote and told us how he did.  We didn't find out he passed until we were in Great Lakes, less than 24 hours before graduation.  It is so stressful.  But you've got this!!!

At 5:43pm on March 14, 2022, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

I saw your post on another page regarding your PIR group.  Do you have the PIR date?  I can give you the link to the correct group.

At 10:49pm on March 12, 2022, Lila said…

You should get a call by the end of this week...!  

At 12:33am on March 8, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Some of the recent attendees might post where they stayed or you can scroll back quite a bit and find things. You might be able to search in the upper corner of the screen for Springhill Suites - Also the Navy Lodge at GL. - Sorry, I have to sign off and get to bed. Here is what I was posting in the chat. 

At 12:31am on March 8, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Here is the link for information on Letter writing and other information - Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit - Navy For Moms (

I will do my best tomorrow to see if I can post or find more hotel information for you. 

At 12:21am on March 3, 2022, Chipmunk said…

I hope you had a better day today. I apologize I wasn't able to send or post a message to you earlier. I had a lot going on at home with one of my other children. 

At 9:42am on March 2, 2022, partyofseven said…

Good Morning Osubuckeyegirl and welcome to our group. We are glad that you are here.

I will post some information for you to read over. The timeline that BBH posted for you is a great source of information for you. 

Welcome again and please don't hesitate to ask any questions and someone will answer you!!

At 10:54pm on March 1, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Hi Osubuckeyegirl,  

This is Chipmunk. I see that BelovedbyHim had already given you the timeline on here. 

I wanted to post here so that you could always click on my icon and you will get to my profile page.

Be sure to reply to this comment and it should post on my page and I will be better able to keep up with you. I am also going to send you a friend request. 

At 1:03am on February 15, 2022, belovedbyHim said…

Welcome!! Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy Speak and you can find it here. We are here to get you through the “Great Silence” of the next 4 weeks (ish) and the 10 weeks of BC (ish). You will come to learn that No News Is GOOD News and everything is Needs of the Navy. You life will be Hurry Up and Wait and it’s ok to make plans but they are subject to change until after they have happened so it’s best to embrace the Motto: Semper Gumby!! (Always Flexible!!)

The Expected timeline will look like this
Day 0 -- Travel, Arrival and "I'm Here" scripted phone call

Week 1&2
Day 1-14 -- ROM (Restriction of Movement/ Quarantine-- Lots of studying and waiting) Unless they are Fully Vaccinated (2 weeks after final shot) in which case they skip straight to Week 3.

Week 3
Day 15-21 Arrive Onboard RTC and begin P-days (P-days- Initial Processing Days) including 2 days of P-hold (Weekend)
Day 21-- Complete P days. (Initial PFT & Run)

Week 4- First week of training 
Day 22-- Begin training and mail form letter out. Look for it to arrive around 1-2 weeks later

Week 5 -- First inspections and tests (Dental May be this week or next... Not Confirmed)(Form letter/ Personal letters usually arrive this week)

Week 6 -10 -- More training, Drilling (Flags and Marching), Fire Fighting training, Marlinspike (Line handling- How to tie up a Ship to the Pier) and weapons lessons, Confidence chamber( May or may not be happening yet, we don’t know for sure).. Warrior training in here somewhere.

Week 11 & 12 -- Stressful!! They have all their final inspections, PFA, Drills, BS21 and Tests. This is the lead up to the end!!

All of this is assuming no exposure to COVID with additional ROM
Training typically occurs Monday - Friday but we have heard rumors that Saturday’s are now training days as well.
Normal PIR will be 10 Fridays after departure from Home but it can be less by 1 but it can be extended by ???? (lots!!) It just depends on how many times they get caught in the “Ring of Fire” but do not get COVID. IF they get COVID, Once they are recovered they will not be removed from training again even if they are in the “Ring of Fire”. (so there is that small silver lining if kids get sick)
I Hope you’ll come and join us on the Main Boot Camp Moms page: You may have to scroll down a ways to reach the comments but we’d love to get to know you and answer any questions or concerns you may have or just be a support from others who “get it”.


Because you have a son or daughter that is getting ready to leave for boot camp soon please sit down with them and have a real good talk about what to expect. 

Since Covid has hit things have been all over the place - they get put in quarantine, they get out of quarantine, they get put back in quarantine. A normal 8 week boot camp can drag on much longer and it can take a huge mental toll on them. It's important that they understand THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY! They need to be physically strong but more importantly they need to be MENTALLY STRONG! 

Let them know that they probably won't eve


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