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**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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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At 4:22pm on September 10, 2014, therevbev said…

Thanks for the welcome,Lori. We will be moving sometime after the 25th since we have to wait for our 2 presbyteries to work out the details of the change. The church plant is a great group of young adults and couples. I WILL let you know if I need help, I promise. Looking forward to meeting a Vinson mom.

At 8:10pm on September 9, 2014, therevbev said…

Lori- We WILL definitely meet. In fact, my husband is starting a church in the area and we are just starting to look for housing to rent. I've checked Olney, but there's not much to rent there in our range, so Germantown and Gaithersburg it will probably be.

At 7:43pm on July 15, 2014, Jana said…

just noticed your friend request THANKS Its nice to havea Mom on the East coast.

At 1:55pm on June 11, 2013, diannep said…

Well, hi there!  This is a test to see if you check your COMMENTS!  What has happened to Betsy?  I know A was home and her daughter too...but I think that was a while ago.  She hasn't been on the PIR groups.  Has she been posting on the Maryland group?  Ok, my friend, we shall see if you find this!  :-)

At 7:20am on September 22, 2012, Elaine-PIR 10/1/10 said…

Lori, This is Elaine from the Vinson moms. I am moving to Maryland in October. My mom is ill and I will be taking care of her. I am also joining the Maryland Moms site. We will be in Glen Burnie by the end of the first week in October. Can't wait to make some time to see one of my favorite Vinson moms again.

At 12:52am on April 8, 2012, Blueshirtmom said…

Thank you Lori!!!!!

At 6:03pm on December 5, 2011, diannep said…

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii   !  :-)

At 12:17pm on August 9, 2011, TexasMomof2 said…
Hi!  This is random BUTTT I'm a member of the facebook page for Wounded Warriors Project and on their page there is a posting where a family is being sought for a home makeover in Annapolis.....I'm not a member of the Maryland group but thought you might want to post there?  Maybe you guys know of a deserving family......
At 2:23am on March 7, 2011, Renie ship12 Div33 said…

Hi Lori,, its Renie

Thanks for sending me a message. I just got back from L A as Wilson and I drove down to visit a mom that I meet in GL at our boys graduation on 1-7-11.  I really connected with her and her husband got along with Wilson so we hung out the weekend in GL.


She has two boys that went into the navy . One graduated 12-17-10 and the other sailor was with my step son. I just met the other son as he got to come home to L A for his leave as he just got his orders for his C school which is in  Italy.. The other sailor is going to VA and mine is in GL still.


I had so much fun with this mom as I felt we have known each other for so long. We just got home tonight around 9:30pm. It was a 5 1/2 hour drive but worth every mile.

I missed our sailors call again this weekend but its nice to know he has called.


I am so tired so I will hope you write back as I am not to familiar with the FC rating and how this all works. He doesnt really share a whole lot about what a MOM would want to know. 

Take care and good night


At 11:34pm on March 3, 2011, kathyjeanba (ship 6/Div 929) said…

I asked my son to ask your son if his mom's nam is Lori.  I really think these are the same two "kids".  Ask your son if his friend's an Okie. When was his PIR?

We have friends who live in Linthicum  (spelling?) Is that anywhere near you?  

David said that he'd call again tomorrow if he has any other news. 

At 2:01pm on March 3, 2011, Renie ship12 Div33 said…

Hey Lori

I am new on this site but I know as a mom what a relief to know. Mine is still in GL going to A and C..

San Diego is where my brother lives and it is beautiful.  I am being a little selfish and my prayers are warm and close.. San Diego would be Great. 

Take care



At 5:02pm on January 22, 2011, SherryETWife said…

Hey! Has your sailor got C school orders yet??

At 11:23pm on November 19, 2010, dj's mom said…
Well just so you know he will be wearing his dress blues.and their seats are up in peanut heaven but hey the tickets get you in the door they can always stand on the rotundas. He figures may as well us the uniform to his advantage. So if your son sees someone in uniform odds are it's DJ LOL
At 11:04am on November 19, 2010, dj's mom said…
That is pretty funny; that they should both end up at the same game. Let's just hope they do our boys proud!
At 11:37am on October 19, 2010, Anti M said…
Both my cancers were found through screenings. I never would have found the breast lump, it was in teh middle, deep. The colon was a carcinoid, which is the endocrine cells in the gut. That type usually hides in the appendix and is almost always never found until too late.

My first colonoscopy was at age 47, ten years out from my brother's age at death, 57. Just dumb luck, as I had no symptoms. I did have a little flushing and some pain over my ovary, but nothing I would have had checked. Might not have been related.

Diet, maybe, but exposure as children is a huge factor. We definitely have better screenings these days. I look at the old reports of death in our family, the pioneer tings. Death by sudden consumption, death with pain in the belly. Sounds like cancers to me!
At 8:42am on October 19, 2010, Anti M said…

I just had my last colonoscopy in July. My third or fourth one since 2004. I don't need another until 2015. I've never had pain with any of them at all. The prep is awful and I throw up the stuff you have to drink a lot. But once I get there, they get me undressed, put in an IV, then start um, I think Valium Then they use that twilight drug and I am right out. It only takes 20 minutes or so, and then I wake up in recovery. I just have a little gas and can eat normally almost immediately. Everyone is super nice. I have a set of color phots from each procedure too.

Sounds like your doctor was horribly incompetent. I've been to a spine doc like that, and I've neglected in requesting to go back for years now. So I understand why you'd avoid another bad experience.

I've lost a maternal uncle, two cousins and a brother to colon cancer. I lost another brother to multiple myeloma. My grandfathers died of cancers. My paternal cousin had breast cancer, no other history of that in the family. I think it s both genetics and environment. When I was little, dad was stationed at China Lake, Naval Weapons Testing Station in the early 60s. My oncologist is sure that had some effect on all of us kids.
At 6:05pm on October 18, 2010, Anti M said…
Hey howdy... I didn't see a message, you had a question?
At 12:01pm on October 18, 2010, diannep said…
Good job, lady, on the 11/19 site! Glad to have the help! Keep it up, ok? IIt is not a very busy site and is very small.

I learned something new through Vikki'sMom. I thought all GL GradNGos moved over on Fri, not Sat. But now it appears that a GradNGo in GL can still be called that and move on Sat. Any move after Sat. (i.e., Paul) is not considered GradNGo. It is just considered....uhhhhhh.....MOVING! HA!
At 10:43pm on September 24, 2010, washburn11 said…
Hi Lori,

John is a Sea Bea, he is in one of the only land based divisions of the Navy, they are Builders, construction workers, home builders, electricians etc...Usually they are the military you see when there is a natural disaster in our own country and in others helping to rebuild after a disaster. So be will help maintain the structures on their base move bases and so on in afgan.. He looked great and spent most of his time with his girl friend and friends but he is excited to get things moving on. Thanks for asking, keep in touch. Jackie
At 9:00am on September 23, 2010, washburn11 said…
Lori good to hear Paul is doing well. John was home the first 2 weeks of September, he likes it to. he is finishing his 2nd week of combat training and still likes it to. Looksa like he will be going to Afganastan, his batallion is already there so he does not know if he will go join them there or if he waits until the next deployment. We talk to him about 2 x's a week and seems to be doing well. No really looking forward to the next step he will take. We wont see him again until sometime next year that is going to be hard but we will get through it.

Talk to you soon

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