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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).  


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**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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My husband graduates bootcamp on the 30th, and my kids and I will be living with him during A-school. GPS's are soo expensive, and I've heard good things about them how they'll reroute you if you miss your turn.


I'm VERY directionally challenged! I practically need someone in the car to tell me WHEN to turn because I just forget very easily. Right now at home I can drive around in my city because I know it.. we don't have any crazy highways, loops, etc that I have to drive on! Just simple easy streets.. Seeing how my husband will be gone a lot and I'll have the kids, I may want to get out a lot more.. explore with the kids, Disney Land, you know! And I'm scared to death on driving anywhere! It's sad because I've been driving for 5 years already, hahaha.


So, anyone who has a GPS, is it worth the money?   And if you have one that works really well, what is the specific name of it? There are SO MANY GPS's out there and I read all the reviews, but I'm still confused as to which one may work a little better in my situation.. by living on base and all of that.


Again, just a thought!


thank you!

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We have a GPS and it helped us alot in Great Lakes, If you're renting a car you can also rent a GPS but I would suggest buying one if you're going to be doing alot of driving in a unfamiliar place. They are worth the money. I have a Garmin and love it and it doesn't have to be the most expensive one either. I think we have the cheapest one.
I love my GPS unit. I bought a TomTom a few years ago. We take it anywhere we go out of our town. I definetly used it in Chicago for our daughters graduation. We will take it for both our boys graduations. We got one for our daughter as a boot camp graduation gift. She loves her. They show gas stations, hospitals, restaurants, etc. I bought my mom one as well, and she loves hers.

noelsnavymom is right, it doesn't have to be the most expensive. I like the TomTom, very easy to use. You just have to pick your features. We like the larger screen, so we have the 4.3"

Go to an electronic store and just play with them, Best Buy, Fry's, etc.
Thank you both. I'm really considering to get one!
You sound just like me! I get lost very easily, even in my own city! lol... I invested in a GPS and do not regret it for a moment. If you miss a turn, it easily and quickly reroutes you. The only thing you will need to keep up on is if your city or where your going has a lot of construction like we are going here in FL bc it may not recognize some streets so you will constantly have to update your maps (updates are available online for download and most if not all are free). I too got a Garmin and mine came with an adaptor that has real time traffic. So, if theres a detour or an accident or a lot of traffic congesting an area, it will reroute you which is awesome and like less than $50 for a year subscription. I have an OLD Street Pilot which no longer gets updated maps but definetaly worth the money as I'm getting a new one! You can find a good and new basic Garmin for under $200. ANd if you dont have an iPod or MP3 player, it has the ability to hold a memory card with songs AND even has Bluetooth built into them.


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