My gosh how the time just flew by.. My son left for boot camp Oct 27th. His PIR would have been Christmas day, but the Navy waited a week so he graduated on the 30th. To any recruit and their parents, I would advise going in when its warm. We froze when we went to his PIR. The wind never stops and you do need to walk from place to place.
PIR was amazing. As a mom, all I could see was the face on my son. The way he marched, the way he stood, the way he carried himself was so amazing. From a slouching teen to a Sailor!! It is an amazing transformation for sure. My son grew up during boot camp. Mind you he started off as a very kind and caring boy, but now I see the man he's become. He's proud and it shows.The wait was worth it. The writing of letters is priceless and if you get a phone call, WOW hearing your recruits voice is the best!!
If anyone would like some tips about PIR or even Boot Camp, just e-mail me and I will tell you more. Having gone through it, I think I can answer some of your questions. Sincerely, Judy, A Sailors Mom!