This was asked many times at various locations here on this website and also in chat. I came across this posting on the bootcamp facebook website and thought it couldn't be better said. Since I see that the author of this posting, offered to have it reposted, I felt it would be appropriate to post it here for anyone who has never attended a military gathering of any kind and may not be familiar with what would be appropriate behavior. I know when I graduated from bootcamp in 1980, there wasn't a problem with excited parents disrupting the event, however, when my middle son graduated from the Air Force Basic training, I was shocked that the ceremony was interupted several times because of parents and children not knowing, or at least I want to believe they didn't know, the appropriate behavior of attending such a military event. That being said, here is the post from facebook, please remember, this request would be valid for ALL PIR (graduations).
It has been a long haul. And it is almost over. We are all excited. But I would l like to ask that we all strive to remember that we are attending a formal military ceremony. For those who have not witnessed a military ceremony before, you are in for a treat. There will be several opportunities to let loose with the whoops a...nd raise the roof (like when the door raises and they march in, or when Liberty Call is announced) but there are several times that shouting out your Sailor’s name and so forth would not be appropriate. Like during invocation, remarks by speakers, inspections. etc.
These Sailors have made us all proud by their actions and accomplishments. Let’s return the favor and make them proud of us and our behaviors as we witness them being honored and accepted into the best Navy the world has ever known. Respect the formality and protocols of the organization your loved one chose to become a part of.
This is not intended to be preachy. But with the excitement and anticipation building, and especially for those who may not have attended a military formation before, it would be easy to slip into High School pep rally mode.
Phil Miller (I assume, the parent of a sailor who recently graduated from bootcamp)
TY Assisting Veteran! I am going to be a N4M "snob" and say that after 8 weeks on here none of our moms would dream of doing any of that! LOL
ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Why of course they wouldn't dare, and I hope that I didn't offend anyone. I just know that there have been so many asking questions, that I figured I would post that and then everyone will at least have the information to do with what they please. lol
Naw...many don't know...actually, one of the things he did not address is ...no signs please. They obstruct others view and again are just not appropriate for the ceremony. It's very exciting and there should be some "instruction" on the protocol to follow to help out...many are just unaware. ;-) I do believe they make announcements....but many do not hear them.
The dress for us civilians may not be "formal" like our Sailors...but we still have some decorum to keep!
Oh...and Please, PLEASE...honor our Flag and sing your heart out to our National Anthem! Dang, I get choked up just thinking about it!
I'm glad you mentioned signs as well. I have several pics of my bootcamp graduation that my mother took, where half the picture is us marching on and the other half is a white blob. Someone was sitting in front of my poor mother who is only 4'9" tall standing up and so you can imagine someone sitting in front off her with a big white sign! Poor mom leaned to the left and leaned to the right to take pics the best she could, and this was before digital cameras with zoom, etc. I'm lucky to have any pics at all! :) Thanks for addressing the "no signs" issue. I bet there will still be those who bring them, and also the other issues to face.
Phil is great!!!! his daughters friend had PIR in Dec. I believe, and now his daughters is this weekend!!
We attend a lot of the local high school sporting events around here even though we don't know any of the athletes, we just happen to enjoy supporting the local schools in the area, and we are shocked at how many people don't even bother to stand, let alone acknowledge the National Anthem or the flag. I just wish that kids today took pride in their country, heck, all Americans for that matter. Of course, I was raised that everyone should either serve their country either in the military, peace corps, or if you couldn't join the military, then you volunteered Red Cross when you were off from your paying job. Where we live, there is a National Guard Unit and that's it for military. They recently closed the Navy recruiter office that was open when my son joined, and honestly, when he joined, I was shocked at the recruiter that came here the one time to pick him up. He was a short timer and told me so, so he didn't care about being out of uniform and in shorts and flipflops. Things have certainly changed since I was in. I only moved here four years ago, and I'm not real familiar with National Guard, but I'm sure they aren't suppose to be in uniform coming out of Walmart half in uniform and half civilian clothes, no cover on, driving their military vehicles during drill weekend. But hey, what do I know? I've only known the military life, my whole life, and so did my children, and my sister, and my father.