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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.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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I am a 47 year old mother of 3. Andrew is my oldest and has just left for boot camp, my daughter Kim is 19 and in college and my youngest son is 13. I work full-time and spend my free time with family. I enjoy reading and watching my 13 year old compete in Karate.
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Missing My Son

Posted on June 7, 2010 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

My son, Andrew, has been gone since last Wednesday. Missed the I'm here call, got the box last Friday, got a brief phone call this evening with his address and a request for something he needs me to send him. Have not received the form letter yet. Ship 10, division 254. He has made me very proud with his decision but I am having a hard time looking at the empty room. We plan on moving his 13 year old brother into his room, to make his adjustment a little easier. Really miss all the late night… Continue

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At 4:12pm on July 13, 2010, Julie said…
Hi Susan-Andrewsmom, I got a letter last week from my son Marshall who is on ship 10, Div. 253. He said things were going along o.k. I am hoping to receive a call from him this week. I will let you know if I do.
At 9:31pm on June 30, 2010, juliesiouxcity said…
How were you able to find out he was a grab and go, my daughter's A school is in Meridian Mississippi?
At 11:36pm on June 16, 2010, diannep said…
Thanks, Susan, for changing your PIR name. You have a bunch of eager moms in that PIR group, which is WONDERFUL. But I think too many groups were starting which is so confusing. I'm hoping that all will be directed to yours since yours is titled in the correct way now. Every now and then, continue to post on boot camp that this PIR group is there for new moms. Remind them how to find your group!
At 7:49pm on June 16, 2010, diannep said…
Susan, can you retitle your group PIR 7/30/2010? rather than 7/30 I didn't find yours when I put that date in and so I started another one. One of the moms on boot camp group told me about this one (so I deleted mine). If you can change the title to the above, it will be in the same format as the other PIR groups and easier to find for those looking for it. Someone else started one for the same PIR, but with a ship/div number first. Most people will be looking for the general PIR group name because the PIR groups have many more members than individual division groups do. Thanks!
At 6:21pm on June 16, 2010, mh4kids (Ship 04 Div 817) said…
Hi Susan, my son has the same PIR as yours. I joined your group and started one with his Div. I noticed a comment on Bootcamp Moms from diannep that she too started a group for PIR 7/30/10. I told her there was a group already and this was her message to me. Since you started the group I thought you may be interested in renaming it so we can all get together in one place. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at PIR!

At 6:08pm on June 16, 2010, diannep said…
Hi! I see the problem with why I didn't see your group. Usually the groups are listed like this: PIR m/dd/yyyy. One of the groups didn't have a year on it, and one had a ship/div before the PIR date Probably best to keep it in format like I said above. Can you change your group to reflect that? I will delete mine so you can do that.Then please post on boot camp again so others know. You may want to post it several times over the next few days to catch everyone. Good luck!
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At 1:14pm on June 14, 2010, carols_kitchen said…
Just checking in to see how you are doing. It does get easier once you are on the countdown to graduation. Take care! Carol
At 9:06pm on June 6, 2010, Heartluvin said…

Welcome to N4M. Here are some groups you should consider joining. They will help you get adjusted.
Click on the underlined links:
1. New Moms Stop Here group. You should think of this group as your orientation station. We do have a number of experienced members who can answer questions and point you in the right direction.
2. Depper’s… in but not yet . is a group for those just waiting for bootcamp to start (Delayed Entry Program – a depper)
3. Boot Camp Moms group. Is he/she already in bootcamp? Or just about to go in? This is the group.
4. OCS Graduate Moms or the NROTC Moms. For those going to be an officer or going to NROTC?
Read this blog to get a jump start on how to use the N4M site.
Welcome to New Members
The “Search” function should be your new best friend. You should do searches in blogs, forums, discussions for answers in previously posted threads BEFORE adding a NEW blog/discussion. Finally, it takes time to learn how to use this site. Be patient. Check your page & status box often.
Regards, Heartluvin and her son Casey Graduated 5/21
At 5:45pm on June 6, 2010, carols_kitchen said…
Yeah, another Mom of an Andrew! Glad to have you on site.
At 12:02am on June 6, 2010, ProudMom2 (ship10div254) said…
Oh, and Susan...when you get the form letter if should also have his PIR (Graduation date) in it. So, make sure that you read it carefully!
At 11:57pm on June 5, 2010, ProudMom2 (ship10div254) said…
Hi Susan...I know how hard this bc experience can be for the first time. I miss my son, too. But, it seems a little bit easier for me this time. You see, my oldest son is a Marine, and, I went through the bc experience with him a couple of years ago, not to mention his first deployment to Afghanistan last year. So, I've been broken in, I guess you can say. I miss my youngest, William, who is now at BC with your son, but, I have a lot of confidence in our boys and know that they will get through this just fine.

Oh, I can certainly relate to your 13 year old missing his brother. I have 3 boys myself, and, when William left for bc his older brother cried.

Try to focus on Andrew's Graduation Day, Susan. When my oldest son went to MCRD, their bc was 3 months long, and, I marked off every day on my calendar until it was time for us to fly out to San Diego for his Graduation! You will be so proud of your son when you see him again! You'll get throug this. Hang out with the girls here. It's so comforting to know that there are others missing their boys, too.
I've put in a friend request to you so that we can keep in touch. My first name is Amanda.
Hang in there Susan! And, if it fits, try wearing a piece of clothing that your son used to wear. That has helped me in the past!

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