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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 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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Hey NAVY Moms, I was wondering if you guys might post some creative ideas for letter writing. I am currently writing letters but they seem so dull.

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Comment by on August 17, 2010 at 11:06pm
I've seen where some of the mothers send their kids jokes. Like maybe out of the newspaper or something. I've thought about doing that. Not much happening in my world other than missing my son so my letters tend to get pretty dull as well. Good luck. I've also thought of sending inspirational/encouraging posts. Thought about maybe hand writing them on an index card or something. Just a few ideas.
Comment by TexasMomof2 on August 17, 2010 at 11:26pm
Have you sent him the "questionnaires" from the boot camp group? At least, I think they're posted on boot camp..... If not, let me know and I'll find them.
Comment by Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons on August 18, 2010 at 5:39pm
No matter what you write, write every day. And throw in an extra letter for your recruit to pass on to a friend who has no support or isn't getting any letters. I did that and the girl still writes me :) I wrote everyday and all of my daughters friends said she had the best mom in the world. I told her everything that was happening at home from what we had for dinner to what the crazy insane neighbors were up to lol. I even wrote her a letter from her cat and told her how he feels neglected and no one will feed him as much as he likes and that he was put on a diet, so what if he had gained a couple of pounds, if they didn't give him more food he was contemplating a snack of one so called tropical fish named Gill that belongs to her little brother lol. It was so funny and she was laughing so hard she had to let her friends read it. So it really doesn't matter what you write, just write!!! :)
Comment by Christians Mom on August 19, 2010 at 9:42am
I have been going online and sending my son jokes and things to lift his spirit, I would research inspirational quotes and he seemed to enjoy that.
Comment by carols_kitchen on August 29, 2010 at 11:41am
We also went to places like Taco Bell and got food wrappers to put in his letters. He said it was cruel but funny, and his RDC laughed, too.
Comment by Whaletalkers on September 4, 2010 at 11:33am
Hi, I am second time bc mom. I have shared with others this idea but it seems appropriate to share this here.
While my 1st Sailor was in bc he said there wasnt much room in his locker. So every two weeks I would pre-address (both to and from had our home address on it in case there wasnt enought postage on it I could pay it when it got here instead of being sent back to him) Pre-stamped about 6 or 8 'Forever' stamps Small Manila Envelope and folded it up and mailed in a regular envelope for him to send home any letters he wanted to keep so he wouldnt have to throw them away to make room. He sent them all home and I have them packed away in my trunk safely for him to have when he is an old man and wants to go through them. He really liked I did that.

Also while he was in bc I got small poster board with a big black marker and went around having his friends, teachers, coaches write something inspirational for him and took a picture of them holding it. I loved his coach's he pointed his finger at him and glared and wrote "get out there and get it done!" LOL I sent it about 1/2 way through his bc and when he came home he said that was the best and that he really needed it at that moment.
Comment by Whaletalkers on September 4, 2010 at 11:35am
@Carols Kitchen!! I LOVE that!!! I know my husband has some in his work truck!! I am going to have to do that with my SR!!! LOL
Comment by Ginny on September 6, 2010 at 11:49am
I saw where one mom went on their child's facebook page and asked all their friends to write frequent messages and she would print it out every week.
Comment by Jimmy's Mom Ship 06 Div 946 on September 16, 2010 at 9:29pm
Guys, thank you all for your helpful ideas. I sent him the questionnaire and he had fun writing things in. It made me laugh to see some of his comments. You all are the best. Thanks!
Comment by Christians Mom on September 17, 2010 at 9:45am
I would love to see the questionaire and email it to my son. Could someone please send it to me?


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