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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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Here are some things  I've thought of so far. Please add to it.

1.Valid ID for anyone over 3. (Since my daughters 11 I'm going to bring her birth certificate and or SS card since she doesn't even have a school ID yet)

2.Airline tickets (# for airline, car rental company, etc.)

3. Input #'s into cell phone for hotel, Red Cross, Sarge-if your using his taxi service, and any other #'s in Chicago you may need.

4. Input #'s from home that you may need (kids drs. dentist, eye dr., pharmacy)

5. Medical insurance cards

6. Medication(bring extra just incase your delayed in getting back for some reason)

7. Glasses and or Contacts (extra pair if you have them)

8. Cell phone and Charger

9. Gatepass

10. Vehicle insurance information. (AAA card if you have one)

11. Handicap placard if you are disabled(if you need a wheelchair they have some there but not many so they recommend bringing your own)

12.Something to sit on at PIR(those bleachers can get really cold)LOL

13. Binoculars(try to find out from your SR ahead of time their approx. location)

14. Camera(with lots of memory) and or Video Camera

15. PIR ribbons

16. Basket for Sarge (please let me know if you need me to bring a basket  if you don't have room on the airplane or you can use a tote instead of basket)

17. Challenge coins and any other gifts for your SR.

18. Anything your SR wants to bring to A school with him (ask them to make a list of stuff for you to bring that day) cell phone, laptop, civilian clothes, sunglasses, favorite cologne,(just a few things my SR wants me to bring) Don't forget can always send these things to them at a later date esp. if their flying out and don't want all that extra stuff on plane.

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Thanks for the list, very helpful.

Great list. I would add tissues, sailors favorite snacks and and a watch.

Great list!
Since I had my daughter, I cannot remember anything, ever. It used to be funny but now it's just annoying. I have to make lists all the time. My life is a giant sticky note pad. Lol.

As mentioned by someone else, their comfy underwear!  Apparently the tidy whities are unbearable LOL! That was our SRs first request besides his phone!

Thanks for the list, my life is ruled by lists too!!!!!!!!


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