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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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At 9:39pm on December 6, 2012, DavesMom said…

I would be having a much harder time with this is Dave were younger or my first child to leave home.  Glad you caught that call.  Too bad the little brothers didn't get to hear his voice, too.  Are they doing better?  We've all made it half way now!  Hooyah!  Dave's nine year old niece goes to the mailbox every day and cries because she hasn't gotten anything from him yet. 

I missed my SR's call last night.  I was vacuuming at my Mom's and didn't hear my cell phone.  He left a message though.  So nice to hear his voice and know that he's ok. 

At 11:44pm on December 3, 2012, Tracey said…

I am going to PIR graduation...wouldn't miss it. I am staying at same hotel, and planning on going to Sarge's Meet & Greet...I hope we get a chance to meet that would be great. 

At 2:36am on December 2, 2012, DavesMom said…

You got a phone call.  That's awesome!  I'm still waiting for one.  I think he may have had his turn and used it to call his girlfriend.  They've been dating for almost 3 years. Are you going to PIR?  My older sons and I are going to drive down from MN.  We're staying at the Courtyard Marriott and planning to go to Sarge's meet and greet on the 3rd.  Hope to have a chance to meet you in person in Chicago!

At 3:42pm on December 1, 2012, Tracey said…

I got a call last excited to hear his voice !! He says it is alot of work. but doing well. He says he loves all the letters I have been sending. I told him about this website and he said that all the guys talk about it...he said the same about the last names. His last name is White.  

At 8:46pm on November 30, 2012, DavesMom said…

Hi jenny116.  Haven't heard from you since they split the SRs into divisions.  Just wanted to stop by and say hello and see how it's going?  I've had 3 letters so far and Dave seems to be doing well.  How about your son?

At 8:39pm on November 15, 2012, Tracey said…


On November 30, 2012 fifteen divisions will be graduating, therefore RTC will enforce the following policy:
ALL GUESTS, including Active Duty/Retired Military Personnel and those ages 3 and older must be on the access list. (Children 2 and under do not need to be on the access list)
Individuals not on the access list will NOT be able to enter the drill hall and we do NOT have a standby list. 

In addition please plan on arriving at least 2 hours before the ceremony, which begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. 

Graduation Day Schedule
6:30 am: RTC gate opens to guests.
7:00 am: Ceremonial drill hall doors open to guests.
8:45 am: All guests must be seated.
9:00 am: Pass-In-Review commences.
9:20 am: Divisions arrive.
10:30 am: Pass-In-Review concludes.
This policy will also be enforced for all graduations beginning January 1st, 2013. Thanks to all for your continued support of Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp!
At 5:46pm on November 15, 2012, Tracey said…
I have been told various things about the age, some areas say under 12 don't need to be on the list others have told me that it has changed to 2 years old and younger. I have 3 children and 2 stepchildren

I heard from Austin's Recruiter that his PIR is Jan 4th
At 2:12am on November 15, 2012, DavesMom said…

You have his address?  Good for you!  I'm still waiting for Dave's.  If it doesn't come tomorrow I will call the recruiter on Friday.  I thought maybe the holiday on Mon. delayed the form letter.  It's starting to sink in that he's really gone.  :(  But it's all good.  They're out there going for it, making a life for themselves.

At 9:48pm on November 12, 2012, Tracey said…

I received the box today. I cried, just for a minute but never the less I did. My daughter who is five put on his sweatshirt and said "Oh it smells just like Austin"

At 7:53pm on November 11, 2012, DavesMom said…

Yes, I did receive the box of his belongings, but that is all.  I don't have his address yet.

At 2:02am on November 11, 2012, DavesMom said…

Oops.  Jenny116, now I see the "comment back" link.  I guess I sent you a private message as a reply to our thread.  Dave is undecided what rating he wants to train for so he will go to the general A school at GL starting right after PIR.  He has two friends that are in the Nuke program though.  One has been in for over 4 years and the other for about 3 years.  They both love it.

At 12:29am on November 11, 2012, Tracey said…
I was given Austin's address by his Recruiter on Friday, so I have already mailed off a letter. (after checking, i found out it was the correct address) I was given a website to receive free calling cards for Recruits, it is I am so anxious to hear from my son. I truly appreciate this website it is nice to know that we are all having similar feelings and we are not alone.
At 4:04am on November 10, 2012, DavesMom said…

Thank you for your service!  I'm divorced and I have 3 sons.  Dave is the youngest.  Neither of the older two were attracted to the military so this is our immediate family's first experience.  I'm an only child and had several cousins who served in Viet Nam when I was a kid.  I remember how hard it was back then - their families wouldn't hear from them for weeks at a time.  Much like boot camp except it was like that all the time.  I'm so glad for the technology we have now so we'll be able to stay in touch.

Does Paul know where he will go to A school?

At 1:42am on November 9, 2012, DavesMom said…

    I'm sure it's hard on your other kids.  Their absence effects all of us.  Dave's 8 year old niece said her goodbyes on Sunday then cried all the way home - 50 miles!  They take a big piece of us with them.  I hope they know that they aren't alone.  By now they have probably made a couple of friends and are getting used to their new way of life.  Did I read somewhere that you were in the military yourself?


At 10:22pm on November 8, 2012, DavesMom said…

Hi Jenny.  Thanks for the add as a friend.  You are my first!  I'm new here, too. My son left for BC on the 6th, too.  It's kinda quiet without them, isn't it?

At 10:23pm on November 7, 2012, Tracey said…
Jenny, did you hear from your son? I was anxiously awaiting the call and was happy to hear Austin's voice. He told me to expect a box in about a week and a letter from him in about 2 weeks. I don't have any information about his address yet, his recruiter told me that he would get it to me on Friday. Nor do I have any info on the graduation. I am proud and excited for the adventure and journey that my son has begun. I can't wait to hear all about his experiences.
At 4:34pm on November 7, 2012, jenny116(ship14div46) said…

My Baby left on the 6th to boot camp. Very Very Proud of him, mixed feeling of course of sadness, emptiness, wonderful memories, but so very proud, so thankful I came across this site for Navy Moms, so much helpful, useful information, helps with the questions, still lots to learn and read up on. He arrived safe and is on his new start, New fun filled adventures.  God Bless you my SON. God bless all the men and women who serve our country. Love you ..

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