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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.

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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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Does anyone have advice on things we can bring in to PIR?  Ex. signs for our Sailor, flowers etc?

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Small purses, small diaper bags and cameras/video recorders are allowed. Strollers, car seats and backpacks are allowed, but discouraged due to space limitations. Due to security regulations, luggage is not permitted inside the drill hall. You can leave these items in your car. The taking of photographs/video is allowed at the Visitor Center and encouraged during the entire ceremony; however NO photography/video is permitted outside of these buildings. Guests caught taking photographs or videotaping outdoors risk having their equipment confiscated by Security.

Contraband also will be confiscated and you may not be permitted entry. These items include but are not limited to: alcohol, illegal drugs, knives or weapons of any kind.

All persons, articles and vehicles are subject to security searches. Metal detectors and other security devices are in use onboard Recruit Training Command. Expect a delay at the security checkpoints due to this added security requirement.

They don't say "no signs". However, I'd think this would block the views of others and be very distracting to the sailors as they march in and solemnly stand at attention. This is more formal than a high school graduation. Just my opinion. Flowers? Really? They can't carry them in uniform, so you'll be the one lugging them around. Keep your hands free for hugs! Perhaps a nice arrangement in the hotel room.
this  is so  true about the graduation.....unless you find it out ahead of time......the  ramada inn lets you delay your checkout time by an hour for free....the only problem  was that during that free hour  my sons  phone and Ipod were  stolen from our luggage that was left in the room......just  beware  and take all  the personal belongings.....the first thing my son asked  when we got to the hotel was  if i brought  his phone for him........what a let down to find it not there.......the only thing the manger  said to do was file a police report  and refunded our money for the room.....we live in  las vegas  had to file one from there...... really didnt do much help....just  beware.......kathy
Kathywooters1, my heart goes out to you!  Robbery is evil enough, but to have that taken at that time made me cry.  Thanks for the heads up; we will be ever so cautious and hope that in a small way, by posting this, good has come from it.
They don't want anything but YOU! After PIR they want to kick back and relax in a hotel room, take a long, hot shower...alone! Eat some good restaurant food, and enjoy their family. There's nothing you can take for them that would mean more to them than that.
Ah yes, I forgot tissues. Mea culpa.

like ChrisAmo said, Tissues,love & hugs. That's all they need

I have 2 box's of  this for I know that I will need 1 for  me an 1 for his Grandmother.  i can't wait to see my Sailor and yes give him the biggest hug that he has ever seen.  Thanks for the info.

Waterproof mascara for you.  Not for him.

Does anybody know how much pictures cost?  If they take it out of my SR pay or can I pay for them?  Also, civilian clothes when can I bring them to him?
I"m also interested in this if anyone knows the answers?? Thanks for posting the questions
Leigh Ann   check the discussion forum of your PIR group for photo info
Leigh Ann, I have posted this question too.  I don't know what civilian clothes to bring my son.  I don't know how much room they have in a school.  If I find out anything, I'll let you know.  HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS.   We are almost there.  So excited.......


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