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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.

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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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My son is in boot camp.  He mostlikely will go to A school for 6 monts in Pensacola.  We live in Florida.  Does anyone know if it is worth his while to have his truck at A school and if so when they would allow him to take it there.  I don't know if I should cancel the insurance, or go ahead and sell it. 

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He will have to ask permission to have a vehicle at A school. (well, they do at Great Lakes).
Thank You. I will let him know
Same in Pensacola, he will need permission to have it. It is expensive to take a cab if they want to go anywhere on liberty, there are plenty of rules he will have regarding who can and cannot be in his vehicle, and I think he has to wait until he is in at least phase II, where he has a little more freedom. He will be able to find out when he gets there, but I definitely think its worth having a vehicle in Pensacola.
Geat info. I will mostlikely cancel the insurance on it and let it sit until he decides what to do. That will save him some money. Its a 2003 but runs well and is paid for so I think I'd rather leave the option open of getting it to him then him coming to me wanting to buy a new one and go in debt doing that.
My son was lost without a vehicle in Pensacola but was able to borrow a buddy's from time to time. If you're in Fla. then it would seem worth while to get it to him, once he's fulfilled all the requirements for having a vehicle on base. As Kathy says, it's very expensive to cab it everywhere, even if a group of them go and split the cost, it's still pricey.
Good point thanks.
My son has his jeep on base and uses it almost daily. Mostly because our family is in P'cola. One advantage is saving money on cab fare to go out into town. There is always someone wanting to get off base, even for a few hours. And if you live within the milage boundry you may get to see him on an off weekend. Be assured that what ever you decide he will be able to get out and have fun with or without a personal vehicle.
My advice would wait at least a year before you did anything. I have very good reasons for saying this. I thought it would help my son to have his truck to get around but it only lead him into a DUI on base which ended his navy career so...wait a least a year before you decided anything.


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