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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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Paula (Will's Mom)
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A little about me:
I am a proud mother of two.. My son, Who is my oldest left for boot camp on march 27, 2013. My daughter will be graduating from high school in husband is a navy veteran.. We are very proud of my sons choice to enlist...just missing him terribly!
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Still no call

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 9:26am 4 Comments

It's been 25 days... I've received two letters but still no phone call.... He sounded much better in his second letter than his first... I expected that he would hate it at first, but then get accustomed to it and be ok... He said my letters help him so much!! I cannot stress the importance of writing them because if they cannot call, that's all they have to get through boot camp. Don't get me wrong...I cling to my phone all day and when the call doesn't come, my heart breaks... But I'm holding… Continue


Posted on April 11, 2013 at 3:29pm 8 Comments

Well, I received a text from my sons girlfriend...she received a letter today from my son. He said he hates it there and he misses everyone bad. I'm sure I will have a letter at home...I know it's not easy for them and that he will hate it. I just know I'm going to need a box of tissues tonight... :(


Posted on April 6, 2013 at 6:33am 4 Comments

Almost too weeks and no official letter yet... I'm trying to be patient but this is killing me!! Everyone who left on or around my sons date (3/27) received their letter....what if mine got lost??! What do I do??? I'm just worried I won't get the information I need to go to PIR.. How would I get that if I don't get the letter??? Help!!! Anyone know?? Freaking out at 6:30am on a Saturday!! Thanks!!

Week one over...

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 10:37am 14 Comments

Well one week has passed since I sent my son off to the Navy. It's been a week of ups and downs. I received his box yesterday but no other information as of yet. The hardest part is not hearing his voice or seeing his smile... I just try to remain positive, knowing in 7 weeks I will be the proud mother of a sailor!!

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At 11:08pm on June 2, 2013, Angie said…

Hey Paula!

Thanks for the friend add! I'll ask my son if he knows yours. As far as I know they haven't started classes yet, which is frustrating for him to say the least. How's your son adjusting?

At 8:06pm on May 19, 2013, Lighthouse3 Div203 PIR5/24/13 said…
I'm praying as 199 & 200 begin their Battle Stations. May The Lord have mercy upon them and give them strength, wisdom, grace, and peace--and peace and grace for their families!
At 4:28pm on May 19, 2013, smokeater said…
Hello Paulawillsmom thank you for adding me as a friend. My son is 20 years old and is in Ship 02 DIV 928. He is a staff recruit. He holds doors for the Cheifs during the PIR. I probably won't get to see him he said. These last few weeks have definitely been harder w/o the phone calls, but I knew kind of what to expect. I had been in the Army many many moons ago. But it's different being the parent. However I have been Lucky to receive letters weekly. While they might have only been a paragraph or 2, while my letters have been 15 or pages front and back. He has been nice in these letters and I feel we have become closer. He says that my letters have kept him going and he loves me for all my support. He also said that all the Recruits are doing well but are tired. He felt that they may have come in as individuals but he thought they would leave as teammates! Navy Family! So I'm sure your recruit is very busy. He probably is in the band or drill and they are kept extra busy, stay strong. Almost there. We will help each other! Can't wait to meet y'all.
At 8:49pm on April 14, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You are very welcome. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 4:21pm on April 14, 2013, Karen M (Sammy's mom) said…

Btw, my son is in Ship 02 Div 928.  It seems that it's separate from the others, and I don't understand why.  The other divisions are 195-204, and then there's 928, also, the other divisions say brother division, and his doesn't.  I hate the not knowing what these things mean lol!  I still haven't gotten a call, or a personal letter, just the form letter.  I can't wait to hear from him!

Hope yours is doing well! :-)

At 9:12am on April 8, 2013, Karen M (Sammy's mom) said…

It's sooo funny, I got my letter right after I made the comment asking, what  I got it Saturday!

I got his graduation date, and address, at first I thought it was going to be a letter from him.

But, I'll be there for his graduation, May 24th!!

At 10:59am on April 7, 2013, Recruit Man - Ronny said…
Welcome to  My name is Ronny and my son has been in the Navy since February of 2012.  He is currently stationed in San Diego with a Helicopter Squadron.  He is an Aviation Structural Mechanic.  I hope you find all the info you are looking for here, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.  My son is 3rd Generation Navy, so I do know a little about the Navy..:)
If you have a new Sailor who is in Boot Camp, or leaving soon, visit and I will send you FREE Pre-Paid Phone cards for your SR to use while they are in boot camp.  I started that program when my son left for Boot Camp :)
Welcome Aboard and I wish your Sailor Fair Winds and Following Seas.
At 4:47pm on April 6, 2013, Karen M (Sammy's mom) said…

Hey Paula,

I'm the mom you met at Fedex...we were picking up the boxes at the same time.

What letter?  I didn't even know I was supposed to receive one?

At 10:22pm on April 5, 2013, Dink(Vinson) said…
Hi Paula, lets hope div 199 does really well and earns lots of extra phone calls! My son's name is Toby and he's a future nuke. What will William be doing?

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