Please note much of this information is no longer valid as of Oct 2017***
Kyle ordered the largest picture package that was offered which included a 10x13 of his division. The price was about $160. It is nice to have a lot of pictures, especially wallets to share.
**Kyle originally told me when you buy the pictures, you buy the copyright, but as you will see from comments below "Copyright" is still imprinted on the back of the photo paper**
TICKETS:(Tickets are now required)*
There are no actual tickets. Your recruit will turn in a list of up to 4 guests. Children under 12 don't count. They do not turn anyone away at the gate, however. Everyone (except children) need to show a driver's license or other valid ID.
PARKING for PIR:
There was a loooooong line of cars from Buckley Road to turn onto Illinois into the base gate. After the graduation it took 45 minutes to get out of the parking lot. We had people in a second car and only one parking pass, so here's what we found. Go around the line of cars waiting to turn right into the base on Illinois (you can't turn left into the base, the left turn lane was blocked with a cone). Then turn right onto Ohio and it will lead you to a small Metro parking lot. This is actually right next to the graduation hall, but there is a barbed wire fence between the lot and base. It is a short one block walk from this Metro lot to the gate. It is a long one block walk if PIR is during a snowstorm like the one on 3/21 was. But you will save a lot of time going in and out of the gate in a car if you park at this lot and walk in and out.
This store was MOBBED right after PIR. There were 825 graduates that day. We hit this store the next day when we picked Kyle up for the day and bought some souvenirs. Their prices were better than what I'd found online for T-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. They also had two small tables set up in the graduation hall before PIR. The one by the door where you enter had a much shorter line than the table at the far end.
GETTING BACK TO BARRACKS AFTER LIBERTY:
We were told to drop Kyle off at the chapel, then he had to walk to his barrack. He made it back with 30 seconds to spare Friday night, literally. So allow time for your recruit to walk to his/her barrack. They are not allowed to run in their dress uniform.
If you are flying to Great Lakes, check into prices landing at the Milwaukee airport versus O'Hare. You may be able to get a cheaper flight and the distance to the base is the same.