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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 just started basic training last week in IL.How do you find out, when they're graduating. Also wanted to know where there is a good place to stay?

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You will receive a form letter soon (it can take up to 3 weeks to arrive, but most arrive in 2 weeks or less) that will give you the PIR date and his address as well as other important information. 

There will be information within the packet that comes with the form letter on places to stay.  Check out this discussion, Recommended Places to Stay (clickable link), within the group, PIR Reference Information.

You may want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms, PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. Once you know his PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Moms and/or at and join the group for that once it has been created.

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


My son just left for basic training 10/5 - missing him a bunch of course! But this link really helped me with questions about places to stay when he graduates, etc.

On the date, we've been told several times that it can vary and is dependent on how fast his/her group does. Generally, I think it's 8 weeks after they are through the first week of processing.

Best wishes,  

From what I can tell, when they arrive -depending on when it is, is not basic training--that's Pdays. Week 1 (I counted it out last night) is this week for our son (Pdays -last week, he shipped 10-6)..week 8 is graduation 12/4--So this Friday will be 1 week down, 7 to go. Week 7  is  Battle-stations.

I found this link helpful:

Congrats and best wishes to your son!

Mary jo

I am waiting for my letter.  My son left Oct 5.   Is that when your son left?

That is exciting news!  Thank you!

My son started basic training last week (10/13/15) in Great Lakes, IL. Yesterday, I received "The Box"  which contained dirty clothes, all of the belongings he took with him to Basic, and his cell phone. There was an envelope, that arrived later yesterday afternoon, that contained information stating graduation is 12/11/15.

This experience is so different from the my experience when my oldest son joined the Air Force in 2012; I'm thankful this forum is available. 

Be Blessed!

Do you know what division your son is in yet?

You will receive a form letter from him which will give you his mailing address and date of graduation along with a lot of other information.  My son entered boot camp on 9/22/15 and will be graduating 11/20/15 and I can't wait to wrap my arms around him!  This has been an emotional experience!


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