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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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Trouble trusting recruiter...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dana Aug 17, 2019. 8 Replies

Hi all, My son (I'll refer to him as Li), who is entering his senior year in high school, met with a recruiter for the second time a few days ago. We were given some responses that raised red flags…Continue


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Dana replied to OAmbr's discussion 'Trouble trusting recruiter...'
"They have a list of all the jobs in a database that the future sailors can put on their contract. Some take the test at home however all have to complete it at MEPS so if he didn't take that test at MEPS he should and then look what he can do…"
Aug 17, 2019
NavyMomofJM replied to OAmbr's discussion 'Trouble trusting recruiter...'
"Recruiters main job is to get people in and yes some times they can come across as pushy and such. They have quotas too, I hate to say. When we were with my son on Monday in the recruiter before he went to meps to ship. They were talking about how…"
Aug 15, 2019
Katymom5 replied to OAmbr's discussion 'Trouble trusting recruiter...'
"The recruiters in my sons office told him to us "ASVAB for Dummbies" to study.  They laughed and said the title sounds bad but its the best book to use.  My son did good with it.  My middle son is using it now getting ready…"
Aug 6, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) replied to OAmbr's discussion 'Trouble trusting recruiter...'
"Better to be safe then's a big decision so he definitely wants to think things through.....glad you're involved!"
Aug 6, 2019
OAmbr replied to OAmbr's discussion 'Trouble trusting recruiter...'
"Thanks for helping solidify the idea that he should retake the test. Your advice is well received!"
Aug 6, 2019
OAmbr replied to OAmbr's discussion 'Trouble trusting recruiter...'
"Thanks for your response! Hes fully invested in enlisting so I don't think he'll be backing out at any point. I think I'm way more concerned about his MOS than he is, which is why its so good to hear confirmation that its critical…"
Aug 6, 2019
WearsLargeHats replied to OAmbr's discussion 'Trouble trusting recruiter...'
"I think your son's plan sounds like a good one, particularly as a junior still in school. He can do a bit of prep and try again. The recruiter is probably tempering expectations - scores don't usually go up a lot on retest. He can retest…"
Aug 5, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) replied to OAmbr's discussion 'Trouble trusting recruiter...'
"Recruiters have one job and that's to recruit!  I wouldn't "settle" for a score.  Have your son do some prep work and take the ASVAB again - I'll be he can get an even higher score which will open up even more…"
Aug 5, 2019
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Trouble trusting recruiter...

Hi all, My son (I'll refer to him as Li), who is entering his senior year in high school, met with a recruiter for the second time a few days ago. We were given some responses that raised red flags for me. I have a tendency to be skeptical of information I'm given when it results in a binding contract so I wanted to see what some of you might think!First off, we were told that Li should probably settle for an ASVAB score of 51. His high school hosted the ASVAB back in April and he scored 51…See More
Aug 5, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) left a comment for OAmbr
"Welcome to!    Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community…"
Aug 5, 2019

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A dad filling the role of both parents. My HS senior is gearing up to enlist in the Navy and I'm here to learn everything I can to help him.
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At 6:24am on August 7, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link) and change the Privacy Settings for this page from "Anyone" to "Members." 

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes. 

At 1:50pm on August 5, 2019, lemonelephant said…

If your son gets a ship date, go to the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for RTC. At the bottom are links for each of the months, join the one for the month that your then future Sailor ships.   

When you know the ship date and the rating (job/occupational specialty) or field your then future Sailor has signed for, then let me know. I will have more information for you.   

You may want to check out »» Welcome to the MEPS and DEP group ««  

At 11:47am on August 5, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question. 

This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  

Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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