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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 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

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


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so I have not heard a word from my son, I have no idea if he chose my guest or his dads side of the family.

when is the latest i can book hotel for 11/1 graduation?

thanks all....

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I'm also wondering the same.  I keep reading to book a refundable airfare.  Those are very expensive.  I'm afraid to book the flight. The other question I have is how much liberty will by daughter have after PIR, before she has to leave for A school.  I read on here that she may fly out on Saturday, but because it's a holiday weekend they may fly out on Sunday.  This is so frustrating, not being able get solid answers.  If she ships out on Sunday, I also will fly out on Sunday to be able to spend all the time with her that i can.  

Olive Oyl - use Southwest - that way if anything changes they allow you to change your ticket with no fees (you would just pay any difference in airfare).  And you have up to 1 year after the purchase date to use the ticket.  It's the best way to go (I'm also in CA and use Southwest for most travel).  

Would it be safe to purchase the"wanna get away fare"

Wanna Get Away
Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines for the originally ticketed passenger only.
Should a passenger fail to apply the nonrefundable ticket toward the purchase of future travel within the eligibility period, the entire amount of the fare, which includes without limitation, all fees, taxes, and charges, will be forfeited.
Standby travel requires an upgrade to the Anytime fare.
Fares may vary as seats are limited and may not be available on all flights and dates.
Limited seating, advance purchase, and other conditions may apply.
Fares are subject to change until tickets are purchased and may be available for a limited time only.
When combining fares, all rules and restrictions apply.
Lower fares may be available.
No Show Policy: If you are not planning to travel on any portion of this itinerary, please cancel your reservation at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight. Customers who fail to cancel reservations for a Wanna Get Away fare segment at least ten (10) minutes prior to travel and who do not board the flight will be considered a no show, and all remaining unused Wanna Get Away funds will be forfeited. All remaining unused Business Select, Anytime, and Senior funds will be converted to reusable travel funds for the originally ticketed Passenger only. If you no show your reward travel reservation, the points will be redeposited to the purchaser’s Rapid Rewards account. Any taxes and fees associated with your reward travel reservation will be held for future use in the form of reusable travel funds under the name of the traveler(s).
Applying Travel Funds: In the event your travel plans change and you need to apply travel funds to future trips, please make note of your confirmation number. Customers calling Southwest to request a refund or to research travel funds for a specific ticket must provide their confirmation number, ticket number or flight information (date, origin and destination).

You should be able to book a hotel right up until the last minute.  The hotels in and around the area are used to this kind of stuff.

Has anyone ever used Sandboxx app to book travel? They seem too good to be true. I would like to know others experience with them. It looks as they allow you to change flight without penalty and fees if graduation date changes.

So we are staying at the Illinois Beach Resort. Any insight? Also booked non-refundable flights for November 1st. Go big or go home right? Lol, yikes I'm so nervous about it all!


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