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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.


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How many of you plan  on or have gone to graduation? It is a long distance for us , my husband has not flown since he was a teenager  and I'm not sure I could get him on a plane anyway!  We are from a small town  so  city traffic seems intimidating to me though my husband is a truck driver. (He HATES traffic,too)  Our son doesn't go to boot camp until Feb 23 ( his 21st birthday!) but I am trying to work this whole thing out in my head. I have look at airfare/hotel/car pkgs and about choked!

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Find a way to is the proudest moment, the most patriotic feeling, and such an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment for your new sailor. Don't miss it!
Staying in Navy Lodge in Great Lakes is one way to save.  Shuttle to graduation and you will be limited in travel around on liberty without a car.  We made in a mini vacation to PIR 11-08 and drove to graduation.  We had 1100 mile drive but it was a trip of a lifetime and an event we will never forget.  If at all possible go and if not then plan the A school visit and order the DVD and picture pack of boot camp pics.  It is a treasure too.
We are going for sure (our sailor graduates Mar 18th). We live in Colorado, and decided to take Amtrak... the price is considerably less, although it takes 17 hours each way. But the seating looks roomy...    :-S

LaurieJ   here is the link to your PIR group...lots of info and support there

I have been before and am going again, we have 2 sons, the oldest served and is now home and now our youngest is in, It is an awesome event to go to, I would advise anyone not to miss it, for your benefit and your sons. Not sure where you live, it takes us 5 hours from KY. and yes the traffic is something to behold, going through Chicago, but take a GPS!!!!!!!!!

Please go if at all possible, it is a wonderful event, and your son will want and need his proud parents there after all he will have been through by then. You probably will only have talked to him for a few minutes on a couple of occassions, and you will never forget the pride you feel when you see him march into the hall in uniform. It is totally exhilarating! You can fly into Milwaukee, rent a car, stay north of the base, like in Waukegan and avoid Chicago entirely and it's almost rural, not scary at all. If your husband refuses go alone!

bn4givn, if i had to do it all over again...i'd crawl my way there, all the way from Tennessee, if i had to. and i promise you that up until the very last moments before we boarded the plane we expected that some thing would happen to keep us from making the trip.  we have a disabled daughter, my mother is elderly, what if my sister's plane is delayed....she was coming to take care of our daugher and mother so we could make the trip, it's expensive, and so on and so on.

shortly after your son arrives a PIR date will be set and you will be notified by letter. from the moment you get that letter start planning. join your N4Ms PIR group. talk to the mothers,wives and girlfriends there.  some will have lots of travel experience and can offer great tips.

and when you see that boy, who left home on his 21st birthday, at Pass In Review....who is now a man and a Sailor in the U.S. Navy...well darlin' it's gonna blow your mind!!! priceless!!!

Well said Connie!  Yep i would do the same to get to see my Son, in a heart beat any day.  The changes you will see in your loved one.  It is just awesome to see and experience  a PIR graduation.  ok where are my kleenex i'm getting all choked up just thinking about it again.
hey Dunes and thank you....pass the kleenex honey!!!
I made reservations last week to go to graduation. I got a great deal by using priceline and booking the flights, hotel and car thru them as a package deal. Flying is the way to go if you want to get there in a reasonable amount if time. The train takes as long as driving and 12 hrs. of driving or sitting on a train is way too much for me. Now I just have to worry that no major winter storm pops up to strand us at the airport. I also don't have a parking pass because my son never sent the 1st letter home. he lost it. Typical! Does anyone know if you can get a parking pass when you get there or get one some other way? I've asked him to find out the password for the pass, but so far, it hasn't happened and graduation is on Feb. 11th. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx!

ellen,  i just checked your page and you have posted to you see from your home page the highlighted PIR 2-11-11? click on it and join....the moms there will help you!!! they can email you the secret password and you can print your own parking pass.

Thanks! I'll try...still haven't got the hang of using this site! :-)


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