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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 will head off to bc in Sept. How should he be training for running and other pt. How many miles per day etc.

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Comment by ebigirl on July 13, 2012 at 2:53pm

If he hasn't been working out on a regular basis, he needs to work into a routine so that he doesn't hurt himself. Running a few blocks at first, adding to the distance every couple of days. Strength training, sit ups and push ups are VERY important as well. Swimming is vital. If he doesn't know how to swim he needs to learn very quickly!!

Comment by lemonelephant on July 13, 2012 at 9:21pm

For a while, my son went running MWF and rode his bike just about everywhere he went on TuThSa.  He also did sit ups, push-ups, and 8 count body builders (clickable link) in at least 2 training sessions on each of those days.  He went swimming some, but focused on preparing for the run.  Like ebgirl said, he needs to gradually increase his activity level so he doen't injure himself and so that he is used to activity before he gets to BC (See Prevention of Stress Fractures for Those in DEP).  My son's DEP group also had some PT sessions.  As he got closer to time to ship though, he wanted to spend more time sleeping and with friends and he did less of the PT, which he regretted a little because he was sore when he had to do PT and IT at BC after the inactivity and he ended up on crutches for a few days at one point.  His RDC noticed him limping a bit and sent him to have it checked out; if he hadn't, I think he would have injured himself worse.

Comment by karens (alumni ship 13-Div 366) on July 14, 2012 at 4:17pm

Thanks for the help, he has been working out with that insanity program since Jan when he enlisted, runs five days a week but has been doing that for years as he was on the high school track team and Penn State track team for the two years he was there, he is worried it won't be enough.

Comment by ebigirl on July 14, 2012 at 7:42pm

Swimming??? My son was VERY glad he had taken a swimming class his senior year in high school. DEPS can swim for free at the YMCA. They just need to show their ID.


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