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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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My son graduated dec 28th he came home till January 6th now his back in Chicago:( I have so many questions due to the fact his father and are divorced since he was 14 needless to say I'm not being informed at all! So if someone could please help me with some important information I'd would appreciate it tremendously! My son text me today being his 2nd day in A school letting me know he was ok & sent a pic of his barrack. Other than that I got noooo more info. I have soon many questions.....1. Can he call me anytime? Can I send him items such as goodies, cards, pictures,etc. also how can I get his address if his father refuses to let him give it to me!,,( yes he's a control freak) I jus want to be apart of this huge experience in my sons life n let him know no matter what NOTHING NOR ANYONE will stop me from keeping in contact with him! I know I sound like an angry women quite the opposite I'm just a extremely caring mother whom must deal with a ex husband that is ruthless!!! Any help would be very much appreciated;) thank you & god bless ALL OF OUR SONS/DAUGHTERS WHOM HAVE COMMITED THEMSELVES TO THIS COUNTRY! Jrs MOM

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You may want to join, or at least check out, Great Lakes A School Q&A and GL A-school moms.  You will find the answers to your questions in there or  The TSC also has a facebook page (Training-Support-Center-TSC-Great-Lakes Facebook Page).  What will his rating (job/specialty) be?  There are groups for many of the ratings at GL.

He will be able to call you when he is not in class or not on duty.  You can send cards, letters and pics.  Some barracks do not permit food, so you will have to check on that within the groups to see what you can send in a care package.  The following is from a Note on the TSC fB page:

The mailing address for students at Training Support Center Great Lakes is as follows:

(SN/FN) Last Name, First Name MI

BEQ Number and Room Number

Training Support Center Great Lakes

320A Dewey Avenue

Great Lakes, IL 60088

Packages can be sent to the same address, yet some due to size may have to be picked up at the central mail facility in Bldg. 621. Do not sent cash or other uninsured valuables.

So you will need to ask your Sailor for his BEQ Number and Room Number.  (BEQ is Bachelor Enlisted Quarters.)

(Group names and the facebook link within this reply are clickable links. To join a group, click on the name and then click on "+ Join ..." in the upper right.)

Hello lemonelephant!    thank you for posting the address info.  Question - what is (SN/FN)?    My kiddo is E2 working towards FC.   I don't want to address mail to him incorrectly.

thanks CryptoDad - this was what came up first in my google search.   I'll try to find some newer info.


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