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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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I was just wondering if its better to book your room and flight as soon as you get "the letter", or wait until you hear the "I'm a Sailor" call?? Thanks

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You should definitely book your flights and hotel sooner rather than later, especially around the holidays. You can always cancel a hotel and Southwest at least will allow you to change flights for no charge. Depending on when your SR goes through BS21 you may not know until a day or two before. In our case, my son was in a push division. He went through BS21 Wed night into Thur morning and then went straight into PIR practice. We didn't get the call until late Thursday afternoon when we were driving to the hotel from the airport!

Thanks!! I figured it would be better to do it asap.. I will fly delta though, Southwest don't go into Ohare, I assume the weather there will not be something I'm used to driving in, so I want to go into the closest airport, and get a rental from there.

And as soon as you have your travel plans in place, let your Recruit know that you're coming.  It can be a great morale boost if he can look forward to your being there at PIR.

I was worried about that, I think I can change the flight if I have to, but not get a refund. To get refundable costs way more money! 3 tickets non refundable is like $450, 3 tickets refundable is over $1200!!!

We already book our hotel, you can  cancel your hotel 24 hrs before your date,,,Flights that a hard one... they say in the letter that they highly encourages you to purchase refundable airline in case your recruit does not graduate on time. we might drive,,,  our sailor graduate on 1/8  ship 14 Div 056

Refundable airline tickets are ridiculously expensive. Instead shop around for the airlines with no penalties for rescheduling. Southwest is great in that regard.


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