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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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At 9:57am on July 26, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Sandy, I will be keeping Brandon in my prayers! Thank you so uch for your prayers, too!
At 8:01am on July 26, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Sandy, how did your son do on his PFA? I've been praying that his blisters healed up and he did ok! This last week was a busy one for me, work-wise, so wasn't on here so much. Saying lots of prayers for our sons as they go thru these last few weeks of BC! It's not much longer now! I hope to meet you at the meet n greet on Aug 5th!
At 12:45pm on July 25, 2010, Danyle :) said…
Yes Jamey said they are having alot of test. i know the PT thingy is like right after that too. im going to pray extra hard!! i really want everyone to make it, and pass.
At 11:50am on July 24, 2010, Danyle :) said…
my boyfriend just called!!! he said that it wasnt your son he was talking about, but your son is close to his bunt, and he said we need to pray for him, because he needs to pass the next test.
At 7:53pm on July 23, 2010, Danyle :) said…
Your welcome, anytime Sandy :)
At 5:55pm on July 23, 2010, Danyle :) said…
I will, ask him if he calls Sandy!! and i will let you know!! But i dont think its him, because Jamey said that the guy failed his 1st and 2nd one, and your son only did the 2nd! so im thinking that its a different guy my boyfriend is talking about!!! :) I HOPE your son stayss!!!! i bet he will pass his third one! ill pray he does :)
At 5:19pm on July 23, 2010, Danyle :) said…
Yes, Jamey is a helping guy, he told me hes always helping people, straighten their shoes, fold stuff, ect. Im super proud of him :) and Sandy, yes i know, i hate the worrying part in me lol. But he never said his name i just reread the letter, and all it said was "my new bunk mate might be going home, he failed his last 2 PFA's." Has your son always been bunked at the bed hes at now? Because Jamey had a 26 year old before this bunk mate.
At 5:02pm on July 23, 2010, Danyle :) said…
Hello, nice too meet you as well Sandy :)
my boyfriend, he doesnt feel like he is "baby sitting" a few of them anymore, because they are finally starting to get the hang of it. He also helped someone with their test, because they had 1 lap left, and the guy wanted to quit. So he helped him and got him thru the last lap, so i was pretty happy he was helping people still lol. He said in his letter that i got yesterday, he thinks his bunk mate is going to go home, because hes failed both "PFA's". that is actually my boyfriends, second bunk mate. his last bunk mate quit. so i hope this bunk mate doesnt get sent home. i really hope and pray, they are all working together as a team!
At 9:55am on July 22, 2010, Justin's Mom said…
Well, 264 did get to call yesterday...10 minutes... I loved hearing Justin's voice...but, knowing that he is still struggling with that 1.5 mile run is worrying me sick... I have been awake since 2am... so, I KNOW exactly what you mean...and, my husband tells me the same thing! Yes, he did say that he MUST pass it on Wednesday... he has passed EVERYTHING else from what I understand... He still says he would enlist again... Please say a prayer that he passes...and I will do the same... Terri
At 8:59am on July 22, 2010, Justin's Mom said…
Good morning, Sandy... have you gotten a letter from your son this week... How is he doing? DIV 264 got to call home yesterday for just 10 minutes and he said that his last PFA was on Wednesday... so your son's DIV... I would think should be about the same time... Prayers... ~Terri
At 2:17am on July 22, 2010, Justin's Mom said… son is in DIV 264 and is struggling with that 1.5 mile run... from what he told me... yes, they have 3 PFAs...but, they MUST pass the final one in order to graduate. The final one is coming up next week for DIV 264...
At 12:36am on July 21, 2010, Joan F said…
Sandy I know what you mean, you want to be able to talk directly with them instead of a call or the snail mail letters. Keep the faith and know that I am sure they will be doing whatever they can to help him pass. Prayers keep going your way for him as well as you. Keep the faith! Sincerely Joan
At 5:36pm on July 20, 2010, Joan F said…
Oh Sandy so sorry to hear that. Hopefully they will be giving him more tries and not moving him to a new PIR. You are all in my prayers and hopefully the next call you get will be a good one!!!!
At 9:46am on July 20, 2010, Alex's mom Joann said…
Sandy as quick as I got your e-mail I lost it. IDK what happened. operator error I'm sure. Will you send it to me again please.
At 8:21am on July 16, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Sandy, I think, for us moms, the lack of continuous communication is one of the more difficult things to adjust to with the whole Navy experience! For myself, it was much easier once I know how HE was doing! From what other people have posted, unless the whole division is having issues, it will be individuals, not the division, that will be held back. I'm really praying that Ben will pass his tests these next 2 weeks! Not much time left! Stay strong!
At 6:08pm on July 15, 2010, kimmy513371 said…
Hey Sandy! The only thing my husband has told me is that they had a big test last week. & they had more coming up in the next few weeks. But other than that I dont know when the test are.
At 3:49pm on July 14, 2010, Joan F said…
Hey Sandy, don't know about you but the stress of not knowing if they will graduate is driving me crazy. We still have plans up in the air and this doesn't help. I am praying that they can get under control and get on track so they can graduate. How are you hanging in there?
At 9:51pm on July 13, 2010, kimmy513371 said…
Hey!!! Im so excited that its getting closer its not even funny. Im doing ok. Havent been sleeping much @ all. & I go to the doctors again tomorrow. How are you doing?
At 9:16pm on July 12, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Hi Sandy! Sorry for not getting back with you sooner...I've been out of town for the weekend. Wow, what a great treat for you! I'm so happy to hear that you finally got your call for your son! Ben was able to talk with Kimmy on Thursday for about 15 min. She said he sounded good, better than in his letters! Like alot of the other guys, Ben was frustrated with the few that are making it hard on the rest of the division. Oh, also, we found out that at some point Ben was put in the 267th division. I'm not sure when this happened or if we had the wrong division this whole time! Oh well, lol. I hope your stress level is a bit better after talking with your son!
At 4:31pm on July 5, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Yes, Sandy, I will be so happy if it did include the floating part! Otherwise, I hope that he will stick to it until he gets it! Oh wow, I didn't know that part about their uniforms! Lol!

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