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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'm a complete novice to the Navy scene! My son is graduating boot camp on 10/28. How long should we expect to be at the graduation ceremony? We want to make dinner reservations to celebrate. Will we have time for that? Thanks, Sulayne

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STEP 4: Attending the graduation ceremony

ARRIVING: Once the gates open to the public, it will take some time to clear security at the gate, so please plan accordingly. Visitors 18+ will be required to present valid photo ID (driver's license, state ID card, passport, military ID card). Minors, who can't produce one of the forms of ID listed above, must present either a school ID, driver's permit, copy of birth certificate, or Social Security card.


  • 6:30 am: RTC gate opens to guests.
  • 7:00 am: Ceremonial drill hall doors open to guests.
  • 8:45 am: All guests must be seated. Ceremonial drill hall doors close, no further entry for guests.
  • 9:00 am: Pass-In-Review commences.
  • 9:20 am: Divisions arrive.
  • 10:30 am: Pass-In-Review concludes.

*Please plan on arriving at least 1.5 hours before the ceremony, which begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

I posted the timeframe for PIR below. 

Depending on when your son is released you should have time to go out to eat.  He will know what time he has to be back - and usually they will want to be back about an hour earlier than scheduled because it takes time to walk back after you drop them off.  Be sure to come over to the boot camp group and pose your questions there.  You'll get more feedback ;-D

Sulayne - I would make sure that your reservations are able to be cancelled, even just for eating out. You might not want to plan to make reservations until after PIR and you have spoken to your sailor and no for sure that he has liberty immediately. 

I am too tired tonight and busy in the morning, but there is information here - PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend - Navy For Moms ( and then my discussion that I posted 5 years ago after we returned from PIR (my son was flying to South Carolina for his A school. My experience was very different, and I very much had to learn "flexibility" to the greatest extent than I have ever had to practice it previously. What PIR weekend may be like for those flying out of GL - Navy For ...

I share these so that you can see that nothing that we say is the way to expect, is an absolute, there is always a likelihood of it changing. 

All the best to your SR and safe travels. 


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