Which is more important..... Bootcamp PIR or A School graduation? We live in Arizona and it looks like flights to Chicago, bootcamp, and Florida, A School, are around $500 per person; plus car and hotel. We are probably not going to be able to attend both. Which is more important? I have yet to hear from my daughter, so I can't ask her. Thank you!
PIR is WAY bigger than the "A" School graduation
Question for you experienced folks....my daughter's PIR is March 2nd and her A school is going to in Pensicola. I am told that she will be leaving at o'dark hundred on Saturday morning for the airport. We want to make sure that is the case so I can book flights out later that same day. I want to try to stay with her at the airport until she leaves. My question is ; have your rc's left on Saturday for Pensicola and which airport did they fly out of - O'Hare or Midway?
Good question. I have read the same thing you have heard. I too am curious. And, do they only get the ONE day of liberty?
Attend the Boot Camp graduation. MOst of the A-schools arent that big of a deal. You can check in the groups and see what most say that do attend. But your money into PIR. Chec k out PIR Navy video's on youtube. You will get the idea.
Best to you
I have been fortunate to be there for both PIR and my child's 2nd ceremony.
Perhaps you have already decided but let me offer my opinion as well. Being there for your child'a PIR is way more important. I was glad to be there for me but I think that attending PIR meant a lot more -it had been a grueling 8 weeks for him. The 2nd graduation ,(while not many parents attended so it was nice to one of the few), had a lot more inside jokes ,etc. I think too that my child was in a much better place so did not need me to be there as much.
My Sailors PIR was 2/3...it was an awesome ceremony...even though your time might be limited with him/her for the time you are there I definately recommend going...after 8+ weeks of no contact with them it will do both them & you good to see what they have worked so hard towards...becoming a Sailor...I am still up in the air about going to A school Grad as he will be in GL for almost a year (IF there is no hold)
Bootcamp PIR definitely. My roommate just graduated A school. Even the ship (barracks) did not attend.
I vote bootcamp PIR also. RTC does an excellent job every week, and the ceremony itself is breathtaking!