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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).  


RTC Graduation

**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 8:44pm on September 19, 2012, Beckyt559 Ship 12 Div 347 said…
Glad to hear you made it through the graduation process. You'll have to let me know what to expect when we get there? We still have to book our flight and was hoping to fly out of Fresno. Now you're on to the next adventure. Hope all goes well for your son.
At 1:48pm on September 17, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…

PIR was AMAZING! My son is now in A school, and we can talk to him!

At 4:08pm on September 11, 2012, lindagr41 - Ship 12 Div 295/296 said…

Alot of chatter about the "I am a Sailor" phone calls. No word on our boys yet though :(

At 12:01pm on September 10, 2012, Beckyt559 Ship 12 Div 347 said…

Hi Fresno Mom,

I'm a Hanford mom! My boy has only been gone two weeks so I have a long ways to go. We just got the form letter as to know where to write letters, etc. I immediately sat down and wrote two letters and then emailed everyone I knew to send him letters of encouragement. Happy to see that you will soon be past this stage and on to a bigger and better future with the Navy. Best Wishes for you and your family.

At 11:09pm on September 5, 2012, mhillyard said…

My son is in the same division that your son is in . Have you recieved a phone call from him recently.

At 10:52pm on September 2, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…

Can I call the Navy and tell them I changed my mind? I want my SR back.

At 4:27pm on August 28, 2012, lindagr41 - Ship 12 Div 295/296 said…

Hi FresnoNavyMom

My son's wife and I will both be at PIR. We're staying at the Courtyard Waukegan not too far north of the base.

If you don't already have them here are a couple links:


And Ship 12 DIV 295/296

Hope to meet you at PIR.

At 9:07pm on August 27, 2012, Craig said…

I just call Brian from PIRGifts and he says you don't have to worry.  They have about 50 USS Triton coins left.  Glad you like it.  That was the 1st coin I designed.


At 4:34pm on August 18, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…

We got our second letter on Thursday. Mine was two pages long.  I've read it a half dozen times by now. I miss my son so much!

At 3:20pm on August 15, 2012, Kellie (Ship 11 Div. 336) said…

Thank You Fresno.....I know it will get easier, he is just the first to leave home.

At 11:51am on August 15, 2012, IndyMom said…

If yoour phone works in the mountains then I would go.  My son was one of the lucky ones and he got to call home multiple times.  Some were for his security clearance the others because is Division was doing really well.  Almost all of my son's calls were during the week.  I don't remember one weekend call, you might ask other veterans about that.  My friend had two sons who are inthe Navy and she never got a single call from either one-they were always on watch or Division lost priviledges.  So, I know how much the calls mean, but waiting for something that might not come would be equally disappointing.  I know personally it would have been a tough call for me if I was in the same situation, because they want to speak to us as much as we want to speak to them.  So, my advice is go if you can get reception and if not check in to a local hotel where you get reception and still be out of the house so you can get that needed break.  Have you gotten any letters yet?

At 9:37pm on August 12, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…

:-( Looks like we're not getting a call today. The waiting is killing me.

At 9:59pm on August 11, 2012, Andrea Ship12 Div296 said…

Hi my son is Ship 12 Div 296.  I have been trying to find someone on here with the same.  Have you heard from him?  I not a word and am going crazy.  I have my trip all booked for graduation.  I am from Colorado. 

At 11:17am on August 9, 2012, IndyMom said…

Tell them this is not like going to college.  They can have contact and visits which our SR's cannot.  Plus they are embarking on a career which puts them in harms way and many time far from home. My son is in A School now and we talk, text, or Skype every other day.  I think the letter writing in BC made us even closer on another level.  So hang in there and keep writing letters. 

At 5:20pm on August 7, 2012, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said… Here is the link for the Facebook PIR group. Both are closed groups so you will have to ask to join. Thanks

At 5:19pm on August 7, 2012, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…

Hi, I just wanted to share the facebook link your were looking for on the PIR groups main page. I look forward to accepting you to the group. There are some moms looking for other members from that division. 

At 1:47pm on August 7, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…

I just created this facebook group for moms/dads/grandparents/siblings/etc. who are Ship 12 DIV 296.

At 1:57am on July 31, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…

I'm just giddy! We got the form letter today with my son's address and PIR date. It was so exciting just to see his handwriting on the envelope. :)

At 12:57am on July 26, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…
Having a hard time tonight. I miss my son so much.
At 1:03am on July 25, 2012, FresnoNavyMom (Nuke School) said…

"The Box" arrived at my ex's today. Now we're awaiting The Letter. I've written seven letters to my son - one a day since he left. They're sitting on my desk, sealed, stamped, and ready to be addressed. I wonder how he's doing.

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