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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 2:29pm on January 12, 2011, Elle said…

Hi Ash, I read your post about your husband/SR's non supportive family and believe me I can relate because my SR's family is the same way. I'm here if you ever want to talk. :)


At 2:07pm on January 12, 2011, gmaof6 said…
Ash, Read your post today about your husband's family, so sorry it's like that.  This is a special time for you both, especially with the baby coming!  It will be their loss not to experience all this with you both.  If you care to send me your e mail, I could tell you a whopper of a story!  God bless and have a safe trip, maybe we'll see each other on Friday, my husband and I will be there to show our pride for our grandson along with his girlfriend.  I keep reminding myself the "Brady Bunch Family" just doesn't exist.
At 12:06pm on January 12, 2011, navyfam said…

Ash, Again so sorry to hear about your inlaws attitude.  It is  hard when inlaws are difficult but it will bring the two of you closer.

 After all he is supposed to be one with you!

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." - Gen 2:24 NIV also Matt 19:5, Eph 5:31

I guess God want us to get it since it is written in scripture many more times than thse three.

Another thing you can do is pray...I'm sure you pray for your hubby but also pray for yur in-laws.  I'm preaching to the choir on this one...I find it very hard to pray for the difficult people in my life...but when I do I find peace! Does it change them? Probably not, but it changes me and then I can let God handle the situation and them!

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, - Mat 5:44 NIV


Ok taking off my "preacher" hat....I hope this helps and know that I will be praying for you and your new NAVY adventure.

I soooo wish I was going to be there with you all at PIR and getting to meeting you!

Maybe we will cross paths and meet this side of heaven....take care adn stay in touch.

Message me if you want either on here or FB!

Love ya girl!

At 11:37am on January 12, 2011, Alysia-Redsmom (VQ-4/ATO) said…

Ash, sorry to hear of your husband's relationship with his parents, or lack there of....

It is sad that preants don't support & love their children through everything in life Good & Bad. Once I became a parent of 3 kids and experience it all....and I mean all with my life was complete in a totally different way. I know there have been times that I was completely disappointed in my kids decisions or choices but I explained to them why and moved on. But NEVER stopped supporting or loving them.

I have always been their parent and never tried to be their friend which was hard at times but paid off in the long run.

I agree with Tamme, your husband is Blessed to have a supportative partner, wife, friend, lover ~ ANGEL like you in his life along with your wonderful addition on the way too.

Keep your chin up and be there for may not feel the void but it will make it a little more bearable for him :-)

At 8:51pm on December 31, 2010, Lex said…
happy new year to you and ur soon to b navy brat!!! Lol I hope this year bring you a beautiful healthy baby!
At 6:12am on December 31, 2010, bluewarriorlady said…
LOL! I should really learn to check my comments on my page! hahah! I am so excited as it seems that time is really flying by! Is your hubby grad n go? Unfortunately, mine is. :-( I am hoping that he gets a few hours after PIR so that I can spend some time with him. And I am hoping that I can visit him in A School. Where is yours going again? Mine will be in Groton, CT. And it sucks because I am staying behind in Michigan to finish my graduate degree. Ugh! The joys of life...
At 7:07pm on December 27, 2010, navyfam said…
Hope you made it home safely with all the snow! Check out the pictures on the US NAVY RTC  FB page! I think I saw you!!!!
At 2:28am on December 25, 2010, bluewarriorlady said…
Merry Christmas to my fellow preggo! Lol. Hope you enjoy your time with your SR!
At 2:36pm on December 23, 2010, navyfam said…
Hi Ash, Love the ultrasound pictures...reminds me of 20+ years ago for my daughter & 16+ for my son...have a wonderful trip with NS to see your MEN!  Praying you have safe travels and VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!  My daughter is in Nevada with the BF and hunting and shooting clay pigeons...she said her weapons training at BC came in handy...hit 2 clay pigeons! BTW she says since she can re-enlist she is definitely going to get cleared and go back into the military...she's not sure what branch yet...I hope it's the NAVY!  Anyway take care and tell NS you all are in my prayers.  Love you girls! <3
At 3:31pm on December 13, 2010, Vanessa said…

Well, I'm driving and I'm about 6.5 hours away so I plan to leave first thing in the morning. I haven't had a reason to leave at a specific time until now but I'm so excited to meet you girls in person and hang out for a little!! So as of right now I'm thinking mid-afternoon. I've never been to Chicago so I'm glad you know someone with some ideas. I just got off the phone with Public Affairs, I called to confirm that they received the form (which they did)... now it's all about counting down the days (12!!!) 

At 3:04pm on December 13, 2010, Vanessa said…

That is such a great idea! Thanks for the invite. What time are you girls getting there? I'm so excited!! 

At 11:55pm on December 9, 2010, Alysia-Redsmom (VQ-4/ATO) said…

¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪.. ♥ Happy Birthday to you Ash!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪. Hope this brought a smile to your face. I am sure he was singing Happy Birthday to you this morning as usual too :-)

At 9:43pm on December 9, 2010, Vanessa said…

Happy Birthday! Sorry it is a rough day for you. Good news is that there are only 16 days until Christmas!!

At 2:57pm on December 8, 2010, Vanessa said…
I was going to drive... it's only 6.5 hours so I thought an SUV would be nice in case of bad weather. I'm in Akron... it's in NE Ohio. I know Youngstown is like 40 minutes from me. I think it's 40 minutes East. So you probably have a ton of snow right now, too? It sucks. And this is my final exam week so I'm on campus walking around in it. BOOO. It's nice to have someone semi-close. All these books I'm reading have advice for when you're feeling down and it's like "hang around other Navy families who know what you're going through".... but since we don't live near a base, there really aren't resources around here!
At 10:29am on December 8, 2010, Vanessa said…
Thanks! I'm going to look them up. One company wouldn't even rent a small SUV to anyone under 25, and one charged an extra $30 a day. So stupid!
At 12:04am on December 8, 2010, Vanessa said…
Hey, I saw you were renting a car when going to GL for Christmas... what company did you go through? I'm trying to look up renting a car to drive there (an SUV bc I'm afraid my little cobalt won't be good enough in the snow) but I'm 23 and I know a lot of companies are weird about renting when under 25.
At 10:00am on December 2, 2010, Lex said…
o wow that's awsome him and his family are like die hard ipitt fans!! His dad side is from pittsburgh he even got to go to his first game b4 he left! They make me watch the games everytime they are on!! hit grew on me tho!!
At 12:08pm on December 1, 2010, Lex said…
o that's awsome I'm gonna b staying at the candlewood hotel but I'll def check out the meet and greet we are driving to the graduation so hopefully I get to
At 10:55am on December 1, 2010, Lex said…
haha that's so cute I wish you the best of luck and hopefully we meet at graduation!!
At 6:37pm on November 30, 2010, Lex said…
thanks for the add u n ur hubby are so cute!

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