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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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Karens (alumni ship 13-Div 366)'s Comments

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At 1:34pm on November 1, 2012, diannep said…

The card to Brett would be wonderful.  Here is the address:

Brett Parks

Shands Hospital

655 West 8th Street

Jacksonville FL  32209

Be sure to give the connection on how you found out about him.  If you just say "your family friend Dianne who is on Navy 4 Moms", he will know.  Thanks so much!

At 7:43am on October 28, 2012, cy4Ty said…

Hi Karen! Sorry I didn't reply sooner to your e-mail. I did respond, but apparently it didn't go through. Anyways, we will be driving to PIR on Thurs. from SD and I think it's going to take us about 9-10 hrs. So I'm hoping we can make it to Sarge's meet & greet. But I would love to be able to meet you too! We are staying at Springhill Suites. When are you leaving to go back home? We are planning on going to the airport to see him off too. so maybe we could meet then if not before.

At 6:29pm on October 13, 2012, Kassandra (Ship 13 DIV 366) said…

Hi Karens,

Thanks for the advice. Hanging in there. It's just been frustrating when things like that happen and you don't have proper communication to discuss it and figure out what to do next and what I need to do. But I know PIR is coming soon and that will all make it better and we'll be able to talk and clear everything up. I need to start getting used to it. And remember its not going to be easy whatsoever. Anyways, thanks again. Xo

At 6:04pm on October 8, 2012, Anndrya (Ship-13 div-366) said…
Yea I seen that too! I wrote him and asked. I think ima stay at the marriot. Ima get it all figured out this week :)
At 4:45pm on October 8, 2012, Anndrya (Ship-13 div-366) said…
I know!!!!! I can't wait!!!!!! A month from today we will be on our way there!!! Or prob even there!!! I can't wait to meet u!!
At 5:19pm on October 5, 2012, Kassandra (Ship 13 DIV 366) said…

Thank you for the sweet feedback. It means a lot !! Xo

At 3:12pm on October 2, 2012, Anndrya (Ship-13 div-366) said…

hang in there karen! you will get one! i know how badly it sucks to play the waiting game! just stay strong

At 6:19pm on September 30, 2012, Anndrya (Ship-13 div-366) said…
Awww ur going to make me cry! :') I wrote tevin Friday and told him all about u and how sweet u are! And asked if he knew David! I told him of he don't then to find him! I really hope they already do!
At 10:46pm on September 28, 2012, Anndrya (Ship-13 div-366) said…

my fiance and your son are together!!!!

At 12:09am on September 23, 2012, Juliette said…

Hey thanks for the add! So nice to meet you....I look forward to maybe seeing us at're not that far from me! I'm about an hour from are you going to PIR....driving or flying? Did you make reservations yet??

At 10:14pm on September 21, 2012, 1proudmomma(SHIP 13 DIV366) said…

yes we definitely need to be in touch with each other.  I thought I was doing good until today.  I got his box and form letter on Monday.  I am totally comfortable with where he is and that he is safe.  I just want  to know that he is good mentally.  i am worried that he is sad.  If I knew he was okay mentally I would be good I think.  I just want to know he still has a sense of humor.

At 5:57pm on September 21, 2012, Anndrya (Ship-13 div-366) said…

i know im trying to stay calm and strong for him. its hard but ill be ok. but yea I have been writing and numbering  they are all ready to send out just waiting for the address, and i hope he dont get in trouble because he is going to get so many at one time... sister is great came home yesterday with her new baby boy =)

At 4:41pm on September 21, 2012, Anndrya (Ship-13 div-366) said…
Hey girl :) I'm doing ok I can't say it's gotten easier I'm goig crazy waiting for that form! :( I called his recruiter he said he couldn't get it =\
At 8:30am on September 21, 2012, tina (ship 11 div 363) said…

Got my form letter karen :)  whew.....  i am a ''bit'' calmer now LOL

have a wonderful day!!



At 2:32pm on September 18, 2012, Mom&Dad4MattJ said…
Swearing in was Powerful... The Captain who administered the oath was very nice.. We are spending our last few minutes with our recruit.. The the 2 hour ride home!
At 10:08am on September 18, 2012, tina (ship 11 div 363) said…

Hi Karen,

Maybe I will get the letter today... I am assuming it will be a 11/9 PIR, but I want to confirm and get some travel plans going.

Have a great day!


At 1:10am on September 18, 2012, Calirose said…

Hi Karen, My son Nigel is ship 13, division 366 also and will be going for Damage Control after boot camp.  Looking forward to getting to know others in same division.  Got his box tonight and I have to say I was excited to open itl brought me happiness just to look at his dirty clothes in the box.  That's a mom for you right? 

At 7:07pm on September 16, 2012, Jean78 said…

Hi Karen,

My son is in A School at Great Lakes and graduated 6/29 from Boot Camp.  You must be going through a tough time, I remember how hard it was at first.  My cell phone is 610-308-2426.  I would love to get together.  You can feel free to call me evenings and weekends it you would like to talk, have questions.


At 3:08pm on September 14, 2012, Pat L. in IL said…

Hi Karen, Welcome to Molly's Adopt A Sailor! You have also been approved for "MAS We Ship Love" which is where we keep the addresses. For more information, go to Molly's group page and on the right side, click on "New Moms Read First." If you have questions, please do not hesitate to send me a message.

The information about this month's adoptees is also on Molly's group page at the top in the "Discussion Forum".

I see that your son is in boot camp. Is he going to be a Nuke? My son has been in the Navy for 4 years and is an EM Nuke on the USS Pasadena (a sub). If you have any questions about Nukes or want to talk, just let me know!!

Thanks for joining us! You will have a lot of fun and meet some terrific moms. Pat

At 12:37pm on September 13, 2012, tina (ship 11 div 363) said…

Hi Karen,

I'm so sorry you didn't get your call.  If it's any concellation to you, mine was litterally 5 seconds and I didn't even get anything out of my mouth before he had hung up... except a "hello'' whent he phone rang, but I am sure it's just part of knowing that they are there.  I started some letters as well, can't wait to get the address.  I am kind of dreading the day that we get the "box", i think the tears will come again when that happens. 

Have a good day!



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