Friday and Saturday Departures
Means those Sailors attending “A” school at Great Lakes. They “depart” Friday, after Graduation, to move over to Naval Station Great Lakes from RTC. This can take from 3-5 hours. I do not know how much time they get directly after graduation to spend with you before they have to go move their things and get settled and briefed. I am sure it is not very long though.
When they are done they may spend the rest of PIR day with you. They will be given a time to report back to their compartment. Then they should get Saturday and Sunday to spend with you. Times and such will be given to you by your Sailor. This could change daily!
Means those Sailors attending “A” school somewhere other than Great Lakes.
They usually get to leave right after PIR and spend the rest of the day with you. This is subject to change. The time they report back to RTC on Friday …is subject to change! (Are we seeing a pattern here?) It is usually 8-9 PM.
They then get ready (or already are) TRY to get some sleep and then muster up and board the buses to go to their airports around 1-2 AM Saturday Morning (this can vary). Thus the Saturday Departure. Their flight could be ANYTIME on Saturday…the Navy only makes ONE trip for all Sailors.
There are three airports. Midway, (Milwaukee-don't hear much about them departing from here), O’Hare. You won’t know which one probably until PIR day.
Here is what happened to me:
Mine PIR’d on a THURSDAY (Memorial Day weekend) and was supposed to depart FRIDAY AM. (Think Friday and Saturday as the norm). He was attending “A” school AWAY from Great Lakes.
While I was flying to PIR on TUESDAY he called and left a detailed message that everything had changed and he would now not leave until Sunday around 1-2 AM!
“Subject to change.”
His report time every night was different. His Pick up time in the AM each day was different. He had watch on Friday from 4-6 PM and none on Saturday.
So, what I was told to do was book to stay the extra days if I could.
I am so glad I did because it ALL changed! I would not have got to spend time with him if I had gone home Friday and he would have been stuck on base. I just decided that IF he did leave Friday that I would take a vacation!
The Basics are:
Great Lakes “A” school- need 3-5 hours after PIR to move over to Main Base and get the rest of the day and weekend with Family. (No overnights though)
Those traveling to other bases for “A” school should be a Saturday Departure-but there can be variables (such as leaving on Sunday etc.).
You won’t know anything definite until you speak to your SR. They will keep you informed. Mine did, but it changed twice during BC and AGAIN while I was en route.
It’s just the way it is.
The first two divisions in a group (in this group, Divisions 061 and 062) are almost always Friday/Saturday departure. The next two divisions *may* be Friday/Saturday departure. Later divisions are almost never Friday/Saturday departure.
Note that I said *almost* always and *almost* never. The first rule of Navy is to not assume what happens tomorrow will have any resemblance to what happened yesterday, no matter how long it's been done the exact same way. The Navy values its traditions, until those traditions are no longer convenient for the Navy.
So are there chances that your sailor may not depart until Sunday - mine is in Div 064. I reserved a room until Monday by chance we can spend Sunday with him. Will just keep my reservation until I arrive. Sounds like no one ever knows until last minute.
Last year at this time, my grandson's PIR was on feb.10,2011 After the ceremony he spent time with us, until 8pm that night. We picked him up Saturday Morning about 7:30 and he stayed with us again until 8pm.
Although he didn't leave until Monday, (for Mississippi) we did not see him at all on Sunday. Anyway it is a bitter sweet period of time. Never long enough, we enjoyed our time with him.
That sounds like you got some nice time with him. I hope my son's situation is similar.
Most all of the sailors will depart over the weekend. Very few are retained until the next week. That is the way it has been for a number of months now.
Good idea, memphismom. We always advise you all to stay through Sunday if possible...just in case! Weather can interfere with flights too...and sometimes they fly out on Sunday anyway.
For my last PIR experience (Mar 2011), Son1 had GL sited A school. Immediately after PIR, we spent about 45 min to 1 hr at the very small lounge area near the NEX (across the parade grounds), then he had to transfer/report into his new A school barracks. We reconnected at around 4:30-5 pm. PLANNING RULE #1: Make sure YOUR cell phone is charged, AND, if you are handing them a post bootcamp cell phone, make sure IT is charged, too.
I can not guarantee this is an opportunity for you, but I was able to sign my sailor out for liberty for the weekend, and I believe this is unique to having a local A school.
THIS time, as Son2 has an out-of-state A school, we're expecting him to have flights out (most likely Saturday). I am actually bringing him a seabag of items to take, with his existing seabag, to his A school. We plan to hang out at the airport / gate if this is the case. Our return flights are for late Saturday night. We're gambling that his A school flight is not Sunday. Regardless, having attended one PIR, I can tell you I wouldn't miss this for anything.
So after PIR they always have to return to base? They can't stay overnight?
Nope...no overnights. zStratMom's experience is an exception...when they go to GL "A" school they are on PHASE 1 already...I have heard of a couple of others but so far it is the "exception" to the "rule".
Would love to know if this is actually available to all Gl "A" schoolers.
my son told me last Saturday that his orders said Sunday departure - he is in 064 - it could have changed who knows
Your Sailor knows best! Some get there orders before PIR. Woo-Hoo! Extra Liberty!