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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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Hi!My son is due to graduate from boot camp on Jan.29 and will leave for Pensacola Florida the next day. He wants me to bring some clothes ,cell and laptop in a duffle bag to give to him. But I thought when they return to rtc they can't bring anything back with them. I wont b able to give him at airport cause we r leaving to NY the next day also in the morning. He doesn't even know what time his flight is cause he was not informed yet. Is there anything I can give to him to take or do I have to wait till he contacts me with address to ship? What exactly can he have there? I heard he has to b in uniform and he has to go thru phases to b allowed certain privileges? Any info on what to expect at A school would b appreciated also. Thanks to everyone and have a great day!

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He cannot take anything back to RTC, so you will need to mail his things to him.   Yes, he needs to earn the privilege of wearing civilian clothes, it takes about two weeks or so.  Plenty of time to get his address.  Use the USPS, not a delivery service such as UPS or FedEx.  

Maybe he has a buddy who is going to Florida also, but whose family will be at the airport, and perhaps they can at least bring his phone?  If not, he can get a cheap burner phone to use until he can get his.

Thank u where can he get a cheap burner phone in the meantime?

At the NEX when he gets to Florida.  

Thank u so much.
Hello thank u. I leave Saturday morning. I didnt know when his flight was even when we last spoke to him or in his letters. I will wait to send cause by time he goes thru phase 1 in A school and earned to wear his civies I would have had his address and been able to send him. He is in division 89. Idk of the meet and greet. What is that and when?

My son recently graduated from RTC and just finished his first week of indoctrination. It is correct that you have to earn privileges. My son is still in phrase one. while another sailor is already in phrase 3. Not sure how that happened. LOL. BC he is staying at Great Lakes for ASchool, (it took 5 hours for processing), he was able to have his civilian clothes, phone, computer, but only after he was finished with the ASChool processing. Hope that helps.

Yes thank u so much.
Yes thank u
Y shouldn't I use UPS or fed ex for sending his things? Has there been a problem using them? I just want the best way of ensuring his stuff is received

The packages are still delivered to the mailroom and the sailor still has to go pick them up.  Doesn't mean delivery to their room or directly to them, it is a security thing.  Can't have delivery guys running around base.

Make sure he doesn't exceed the carry-on baggage......Pensacola has a great Mardi Gras Parade it is almost three hours long.  Hope he gets to go.  Have your some volunteer for the  National Naval Aviation Museum at the NAS. My brother volunteer there also. The Blue Angeles start their practice schedule in March.

Okay many Sailors are not classing up for several days to weeks after their arrival .  Many rates are backed up both classing-up and getting orders after graduation. I do wish him good luck.

They will be subject to earning learning liberty phases.  During phase one, she will be required to wear her uniform everywhere, will need liberty buddies, and will have an earlier curfew.  No alcohol whatsoever, even if she is of age.  I believe phase one can go off base on weekends, but policy is always subject to change, so always ask your sailor.  They will be briefed.

Although I have read that phase one can't leave base, so I am still looking for an official source online.


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