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PIR Reference Information


PIR Reference Information

A permanent place for information about PIR. Forum discussions have been created to serve as file folders for specific details regarding different aspects of PIR. Please post information in the appropriate forum discussion. Thank you!

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Some helpful hint

Started by Mittmedicx. Last reply by 1robo1 Aug 6. 2 Replies

Recommended Places to Stay

Started by YMM (Ship 12 Div 98). Last reply by Pooter527 Aug 6. 209 Replies

Do Sailors march into PIR by Division Order?

Started by GaNavyMom. Last reply by TessaNator⚓️ Jul 18. 13 Replies

PIR Division Flags

Started by The Real Mimi. Last reply by lemonelephant Apr 12. 1 Reply

PIR and shuttle service

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12/04/15 PIR

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Time after Graduation

Started by Proudmomofmybaby. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 29, 2015. 10 Replies

Dress Attire

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Comment by tutorlady on Wednesday
@jacquiesboys - I saw those hints posted somewhere. The Shout wipes work a little better than a Tide pen for spot cleaning the dress whites. I got the lint roller thinking of uniforms as well.
Comment by jacquiesboys on Tuesday

Shout wipes and a lint roller, where did you get that idea? I would definitely do that for someone. There was a girl leaving the same time as my son and her family (father and brother left right after swearing in) felt bad for her as other families hung around to spend more time with their SR's. So, I would love to do something nice for someone without family. Jeez, it's making sad thinking about someone not having family there to support them.

Comment by tutorlady on Tuesday

This is just a thought for those preparing to attend PIR soon.  When we attended the graduation of our sailor, I prepared a goodie bag - with a generic card containing a little cash, some candy, gum, shout wipes and a lint roller for my sailor to give to a friend who did not have family present graduation weekend.  Not all families are able to be present to support their sailors at PIR.  We wanted to do "just a little bit" to encourage a sailor who did not have family present.  Just a thought to consider :-)

Comment by OldSarge on Tuesday

There are major changes in the pipeline regarding graduation starting on October 6th. The Navy will publish the changes shortly. I will update the "parents and loved ones survival guide" as soon as they make the changes public. Watch for it on their website. In the mean time, the survival guide has the latest information see this link 

Comment by lemonelephant on Tuesday

Here are the current PIR groups:

PIR: August 18, 2017 TG 41 - 7 Divisions (251-256 & 941) 4 guests

PIR: August 25, 2017 TG 42 - 9 Divisions (257-264 & 942) 4 guests

PIR: September 1, 2017 TG 43 - 13 Divisions (265-276 & 943) 3 guests (This is Labor Day Weekend. If your recruit will be staying in GL for “A” School or training, s/he will also have Liberty on Monday. The holiday weekend will not affect those flying out.)

PIR: September 8, 2017 TG 44  - 14 Divisions (277-286, 819-821 & 944) 3 guests

PIR: September 15, 2017 TG 45 - 11 Divisions (287-296 & 945) 4 guests

PIR: September 22, 2017 TG 46 - 7 Divisions (297-302 & 946) 4 guests

PIR: September 29, 2017 TG 47 - 9 Divisions (303-310 & 947) 4 guests

PIR: October 6, 2017 TG 48

Click on the date of your recruit’s PIR and join the group to connect with others with loved ones training with your recruit.

Comment by ellen0502 on August 8, 2017 at 7:05pm

We were just given some info from the RTC regarding some new baggage rules, and some old now reinforced rules  for PIR. Please read them. There will be no exceptions.

Starting 8/18 new baggage rules are going into effect: No big bags, period. No luggage, no gift bags or anything of the sort. You cannot leave stuff at the visitors desk as they no longer will be responsible for your items.

MULTIPLE SEARCHES POSSIBLE: Every person, bag, and vehicle on the base is subject to search. Metal detectors and other security devices are in use on board Recruit Training Command. Expect some delay at the security checkpoints. 

  • ITEMS PERMITTED INTO GRADUATION CEREMONY: Small bag/personal item (purse, satchel, etc…), small diaper bag, small camera bag, and personal wheelchair or walker. Strollers and car seats are allowed but discouraged due to space limitations (you may leave them in your car).
  • ITEMS NOT PERMITTED INTO GRADUATION CEREMONY: Large bags, backpacks, luggage, alcohol, illegal drugs, knives or weapons, posters, signs, banners, gift bags of any size, or flowers. Anyone found with alcohol, illegal drugs, knives or weapons will have the item confiscated and will NOT be permitted to enter.

NO WEAPONS! Weapons possession on federal installations is highly regulated and those in violation are subject to arrest and prosecution.

Comment by Phoenixmom on August 8, 2017 at 5:47pm

The Gates to the PIR open at 6:30

Comment by Counting Fridays on August 8, 2017 at 5:38pm

We'll be staying in Libertyville and have a rental car - a straight shot on Buckley to the RTC. We're early risers and I'd MUCH prefer to do my waiting at the hall rather than on the street in traffic creeping toward the gate worried about parking. What time does that mean leaving the hotel??

Comment by Counting Fridays on July 29, 2017 at 1:17pm

My EZ-Pass for paying tolls here in the Mid-Atlantic will work in Illinois as we take the rental car from O'Hare to Great Lakes. Hope this info helps somebody.

Comment by tutorlady on July 24, 2017 at 3:08pm

Just wanted to post about our PIR experience to help others planning:

1. Lodging - I strongly recommend Navy Lodge.  It is close to base, clean, safe, affordable - though not luxurious.  The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable.  They can answer your questions.

2.  Meet and Greet - Go. Just GO!  Sarge will give you some info that will HELP you.  Follow his directions and you will be fine.  He is very helpful.  I messaged him at 5 a.m. on Friday and he graciously answered my questions.  Do as he says.  You won't be sorry!

3.  Meals - we ate several meals in our room as we had a room with a kitchenette.  We ate Friday night at Jimmy's Charhouse in Libertyville - they gave our sailor his meal free. (I would call and make a reservation.  They are on Trip-Advisor).

If you want pizza in a unique setting with other menu items, try the SIlo in Lake Bluff.  If you have a large party, I would try to get a reservation. They are also on Trip-Advisor.

3.  Shopping/things to do:

There is a nice Walmart in Waukegan and a nice Targe in Lake Bluff (both are less than 15 minutes away from base).

Gurnee Mills is a very nice mall.

We couldn't go to Chicago as we had planned due to weather constraints.  I had downloaded the VENTRA app to use to buy tickets and did a "trial run".  It is very easy to use.  The METRA station at Great Lakes is literally just outside the gate to RTC.

If you want to see Lake Michigan in a less crowded setting, consider the Waukegan Harbor Light.  It is very pretty with a little ice cream shop, a nice walk on the pier (no side rails but it is wide enough that is not a problem) and a public beach right up the road.

BE SURE that you get the handout as you check in to attend PIR - it gives specific instructions on returning your sailor on Friday night.

GET THERE EARLY!!!!!  We were seated by 7:15 and there were already many people there.  We sat towards the top of the lower deck of bleachers to be able to get out easily and had good viewing.

TAKE stadium seats.  I got some with backs at our local Academy Sporting Goods.  I do not regret that decision.

We drove onto the base.  Some people prefer the shuttle.  We like the flexibility of our own transportation.

BE SURE to have your sailor make arrangements to have their portraits mailed to you.  The line outside the NEX to pick up pictures after graduation is ridiculous!!!

I know this is long.  Just wanted to pass along from our experience.

THE CEREMONY IS AMAZING!!!!!! All your planning, praying, researching what to do will be WORTH it when the ceremony begins.

Now.... for's on to questions about "A" School  :-)

HOOYAH!  And, God Bless America!!!!


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