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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

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**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required


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Just completed PIR last week and we would have found the following information helpful:  perhaps it's somewhere that we missed, or our son isn't the best at communicating, but anyway, we wish we had known:

1.  BE EARLY.  When they say the gate opens at 6:30 am, know there will be a LONG LINE of cars!  There are 3 lanes that need to "zipper" and nobody directing traffic at the lights leading up to the entry The public street is not governed by the Navy so the local police would have to do it.  We were in the far right lane: big mistake.  Those in the left lane just whizzed by and the folks in the middle were stuck going nowhere as well, and this was 3 lights back. 

We sat with the car (part of the time in park through 6 green lights) as the time ticked by (from 6:45 to about 7:45 getting nowhere) . I finally got out and walked in to save a seat for my husband and daughter.  She went back out to trade driving with my husband, then parked the car and made it in at 9:00 am, just in the nick of time. Had they not delayed graduation she would have missed it.

2.  Save the poor guy standing out in the cold having to repeat this a million time and HAVE YOUR GATE PASS VISIBLE IN YOUR WINDOW. It's cold out there and these guys would like to keep everyone moving smoothly.

3.  When you get into the building, bleachers are on your right.  Look to the left for portable signs that have your recruit's division number on them. That's the section they'll be in.  You won't necessarily be able to see much of the actual ceremony if you're seated at the ends, but they do have big screens up so you can see those.

4.  Do not stand up in the bleachers or climb over them: it's absolutely forbidden and you'll be scolded (firmly but kindly.)  Walk to the end of the row and use the stairs.  

And a side note... it's a long morning with an early start and no quick exit to the bathroom once the ceremony starts.  Consider carefully if you want to bring small children. If you do, bring plenty to keep them occupied etc.  It's a cool ceremony, but not very interesting for little ones who had to get up at the crack of dawn!  

Enjoy and congratulations to the new sailors!

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Thanks for sharing!



This is awesome, thank you for posting.  PIR 1/29/16!!!

Cheri ship 12 div 082, when did your SR start boot camp?

12/3.  Got the box 12/8 and the form letter 12/11.  So hoping a call is soon.  Already mailed 5 letters since getting the address for him yesterday.

So helpful! Thank you! and Congrats!!

Thanks, for the helpful info!!!

Thank you for the info, quick question I am booking a hotel now for PIR any recomendations?

We actually stayed with my fab Aunt Susie in the city, but on the website I think there is a link to the MWR Office who can help with some of the travel info.  

The Navy Lodge is where I am staying and so many others

Thank you so much!!  My daughter graduates January 22nd and I am so excited, I can't wait.  Was it wonderful?  I watched a graduation online and had tears and it wasn't even anyone I knew!  Congratulations and thank you for coming back and sharing this Kate!


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