INTRODUCTION: A place for parents and others who have attended PIR and graduation weekend to share comments, suggestions and ideas that will hopefully make it easier and more enjoyable for other familes who are preparing for their own PIR events.
WHAT TO DO: This is an 'interactive' forum, with each person encouraged to start new topics (by posting your comments in the 'blank' at the top of each page) -and- respond to individual posts (by clicking 'reply' on that particular post).
ALSO: Over time, I will be organizing some of the posts herein as a sort of 'guide' which will be static -- that is, there will be no new posts to that discussion... thus it will not actually be a 'discussion' but more of a factual and flowing narrative that takes the reader, moment by moment, through happy hours of PIR, covering the basics with good recommendations about what to do, what not to do, and how to do (or avoid) doing it.
To get started on this process, it would be very useful to hear from you regarding which posts and/or particular information do you think should be included? Sincerely, I look forward to hearing from you and transcribing our collective wisdom for those who will attend PIR soon.
Could you please share information about your experience after PIR. My son will also be staying in Great Lakes for A School and I am trying to figure out what we can do and when to book our return flight home. Anything you could suggest would be helpful. Thanks.
Hi! This post is somehwat helpful, but could I ask you a few questions as I am new to this.
My daugher is currently in boot camp, graduationg Jan. 20th. Is there a family day?? also, we are traveling from Orlando, FL to see her graduate and worried if she is a Grad & Go, how can I find that out for our planning. A major quesitons I have, we were sent a letter that only 4 family can atend graduation, is this correct. We have several family i.e. grandparents and aunts that want to attend, is it truely restricted to 4 people??
thanks for any info possible
proud navy mom
There is no family day, although some of the PIR groups here plan a get together the night before.
If her A school is anywhere but Great Lakes, she is very likely going to fly our Saturday morning. If you know her rate (job) we can help you look up where her school is located. She should know about halfway through boot camp when she will traveling to her school (if she is).
Yes, only four can get on the list to attend. Children under 12 don't count toward the four. The rest can go on standby, and be seated after all the registered guests are seated. If there is no room, they must wait in the visitor center.
Thank you so much for the info!! Big help!!
now I know what to tell my family members. And yes, her A school from what I know, is out of town. She is for Navy Coreman, so I heard her A school is in Texas, but not sure where. So i guess she is flying out Sat. :( how sad, not much time with my daughter...
Sorry to hear about your shortvisit with your daughter. I believe in Texas it may be in Houston. The family night is call meet and greet it is hosted by local businesses in the area.
Danielle, Corpsman school is in San Antonio, Texas. I know this because my son who will graduate from BC on Feb 17 is going to Corpsman school also.
Chocolatelover, My son is also going to corpsman school in Texas, his graduation is Feb 17th, I think they are in the same division 74. do you now if any of the families are meeting the night before. it sure will be nice to put a face to the posts.
Hi, my son's PIR is Oct 18. When is it safe to buy my flight ticket? My son is confident he'll graduate, however he told me a sickness is going around and it is possible they will be quarenteened and PIR will be delayed a week. I nervous to buy my tickets, but the price is higher every day it seems...help!
Get your tickets. Refundable tickets are pricey and can be avoided. If you are able to book through Southwest, do. You can change your reservations without a fee if you make the change more than 24 hours before your flight. (See Saving Money PIR Weekend and PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend.) Even if there is sickness, it most likely will not delay the division, especially at this point in training. They will attempt to continue whatever parts of training they are able to continue so that the division will have PIR on time if at all possible. Unless you get a call saying that PIR is definitely going to be delayed plan for PIR to be as currently scheduled.
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