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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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Just wondering if anyone can comment on places to live close to the base, but in a safe area. All the info I see is a little older. We have 4 kids and dogs, so no base housing, plus I heard that the base housing there isn't safe. There seems to be a lot in the area, but it's hard to know from pictures. My fiancé left for boot camp October 16th and still waiting on his PIR date.

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I went and looked at the Eagle Ridge apartments in Waukegan during my husband's PIR weekend. They seemed really nice and a great price. People say Waukegan is pretty sketchy, and I know some areas of it look that way, but for the most part it seems like any other city of it's size. I regularly go to Walmart there when the commissary is closed and I've never felt particularly unsafe. We ended up going with base housing since we would have been spending more for an apartment when factoring in the cost for gas, etc. We really like it here in base housing, and the majority of the live ashores are here I believe. It's been a great way to meet people and make a bunch of friends. However, if you're looking for really nice areas and places to live, Lake Forest is super close, but really pricey.
Thanks Abby. Is there more than one set of apartments for base housing? I'm unfamiliar with Navy base housing. I have lived on an Air Force and the housing was on the base and very safe. How is it there?
Except for some locations overseas, Navy base housing is not actually on base. I'm not sure about other bases, but here there are 3 separate neighborhoods that all fall under the Forest City base housing. However, Forestall village is the most common one that people are assigned to. There are apartments, town houses and houses, and they just assign you one (no waiting list here). The neighborhoods are fenced, but they have several entrances and no guards. I've heard of cars getting broken into, but that's a possibility pretty much wherever you go. Overall I've felt pretty safe here.


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