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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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I'm wondering after boot camp and during schooling, do the kids need or are they allowed to have their cars?  Trying to figure out what to do about insurance and my daughter's car once she ships out in August.

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For the first 6 weeks, sailors cannot have their cars, they aren't even allowed to leave base. If they have a relatively short A school (14 weeks or less), it's not really worth it to bother with shipping the car. Once they get their permanant duty station, if it is in the US, sailors may be allowed to drive their own vehicle to the new duty station. However, if they are on sea duty, that means parking the car in a long-term storage lot, where the salt air tends to do a lot of damage.


You can garage the car, once you do, you can inform your insurance company that the car is garaged. Depending on YOUR state law and loan/lease rules, you may be able to drop the insurance on it, or reduce coverage to special low rates for unused cars. Once your daughter is settled in somewhere permanent, you can both make a decision on what to do about the car.


This needs to be an informed decision for you and your sailor.

Again it depends on her A school. My sailor was in Pensacola for A school and they were allowed off base within the 2nd week. It can get expensive to take cabs when they want to go out on liberty. Unless her A school is really long I would wait until she gets to her first duty station, she can change over the insurance to USAA they have great rates. My daughter is currently on deployment and has a good friend taking care of her car, with a written agreement signed by both, it is covered and well taken care of. Not all bases are on the ocean front to cause salt damage. So each sailor has different rules, and different options regarding vehicles on base.
Thanks, Ladies.  We talked it over, since her A school is very long, possibly more than a year, we are going to sell the car.  She will wait to see where her first assignment is, and then we can talk about purchasing a car.


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