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Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

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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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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I am planning the trip to my husband's graduation and I have no idea how rental cars work or the EZ pass, as I have heard that there is a lot of tolls on the way to our hotel. Can anyone give me any insight as to how to go about this without me losing my mind?! Lol!


Thanks =)

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I only paid tolls once when I was there almost three years ago. You do have to be 25 years old to rent a car, I think. I STRONGLY suggest taking a "shuttle" to the PIR. It is abou $5 per person each way - but MUCH faster both in and out.
Most hotels have contacts for that - it is just a mini-van that picks up several people at one time.
Thanks for your reply. I know that at the end if the ceremony the grads have liberty- so would they be able to go in tge shuttle too?
Yes, they can go in the shuttles
Btw: just my two cents here, but I have always recommended that loved ones plan to rent a car for PIR, even if you plan to take a shuttle on the day of the ceremony and use the weekend Metra train passes to Chicago (avoids the traffic hassles/tolls and having to find parking downtown. The trolleys dwtwn are free too.). The communities near GL are spread out, hotels can be 10-30 minutes up the road from RTC. Having a car means independence and insurance-your new Sailor will probably have to be back to base at certain times each night and they CAN"T be late! If you want to get to any amenities, or go to the Guernee Mall, restaurants or anywhere else around GL, you will need a car!
BTW here is the link to your PIR group, just click on the http address check out the discussion on "view all" there is a discussion about what to wear bring to may be helpful.

Also a lot of these questions would be good to ask in your PIR group...they can give you a lot of support right now.


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