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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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Is there usually a videotape or dvd of PIR that is available for purchase or may we have our own video camera?




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Hi, Joanne

Your recruit will have been given an order form, which includes information about their recruit pictures (taken after they have received their uniforms) that can be ordered (prepayment upon time of order), as well as the videotape (of the PIR graduation).

Check with your daughter to make sure she hasn't ordered one already, before ordering one yourself. If she hasn't, to order a videotape of your Recruit's Pass In Review Ceremony, please provide the following information:

* Recruits Name
* Division Number
* Date of Pass In Review Ceremony
* Return Address (Sorry, No P.O. Box or Overseas Addresses Please)
* Daytime Phone Number

For prices and additional information, please contact the Navy Exchange Photographic Services Office at (847) 578-6205 or via email at

My sailor didn't bother with the videotape when he ordered his pictures (LOL) but he did place an order for pictures, and he also went the distance to pay the extra cost for a special picture frame... of course, he ordered it for himself, and after realizing that he had forgotten to tell "Mom" about the pictures and videotape, he gave me all of the pictures he had ordered as well as the "very nice" frame! Sons (and some daughters, too)... ya gotta' love 'em.

Michele (Navy Mike's Mom)
And you can have your own camera!
Good point, Anti M... by all means, a camera and/or videocam is a must to take - and don't forget to take an extra pack of batteries with you.

LOL... my good intentions to have fond memories of my sailor's PIR graduation were just that... good intentions.

The sentimental person that I am (you know, the person who cries when seeing the Hallmark commercials on television LOL), the tears just streamed down my cheeks throughout the ceremony - I hadn't paid attention to the camera settings, and did not have blur/auto focus set... needless to say, with the exception of about 10 pictures, all of the rest (oh, about 50) were either too dark or blurred.
Have someone on the group, someone who is the least likely to cry, be the designated photographer?


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