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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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It's probably early, but I'm anxious to book our hotel for PIR. We are planning on arriving on Wednesday and staying thru Sunday. I haven't started much research but have been reading other posts. Have any of you made decisions regarding this yet?

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Hello all,

I wanted to vook the Navy lodge but my hubbie is afraid that it will be "shabby", he wants Marriott. Any comments here??


I would love to be were a lot of parents are and close to M&G Sarge.


I wouldn't call Navy Lodge shabby...but it was simple...and clean. Here is a pic...there's my messy groceries! LOL


Here is some additional info on the Navy Lodge:

I stay military when I can...hubby has been AF Reserves for 27 years, son is the I have dependant ID. You don't need it for this Navy Lodge. You tell them it is for PIR and they may ask for your Recruits Name and Rate (Navy enlisted have "rate" not coincides with their pay grade E-1 to E-9 for enlisted. E-3 is the highest rate they can "rank up" too in BC). They may also ask you to bring them by to verify...but I always forget if that is enforced.

It is clean, I did not get a kitchenette as those are first come first serve. We had to queens and a rollaway.TV with DVD player, microwave, small fridge etc. Had nice furniture and a lobby with a fireplace. Hot coffee 24/7. Vending machines (variety...even one with alcohol! You have to get tokens at the desk for this.) Coin laundry, You can buy Computer time (these look exactly like the ones I saw in Recruit phone Computer room at the NEX) and pay for printer usage. Computers are in front of the elevators on each floor. WiFi has a charge. They do not have a Shuttle Service...but you can ask to arrange for a taxi...again here is where Sarge can come in handy!(SARGE AT 847-212-0246)

Lobby has DVD's for rent, post cards and a Curio with some Navy items for sale. They will give you a temporary pass to use at the small NEX down the road...there is also a gas station (don't need a pass for that).

It runs about $65.00 a tax.

Here is a pic of the pass (courtesy of Craig):

They do a brown bag breakfast daily...was great for PIR. Bagel, cream cheese, chewy granola bar and large OJ...all in this bag:

Was great for PIR! I don't have pictures of the outside...only our messy hotel room!

The NL is about 1.5 miles from RTC. It is not on base but it is in some of the base housing area.

Here is a Mapquest from the Navy Lodge to Ohio Street, Gate 8 of RTC:

Navy Lodge to Ohio at Gate 8

But if you like more of a "hotel" feel I am sure the marriot is great...please ask on the main page of the group as well...diannep has good advice.

We also stayed at the Navy Lodge for my sons PIR, and I will stay there again. I didn't find it shabby either, but it isn't frilly (we didn't care we were hardly there anyway).   :)  Clean rooms, comfortable beds, quiet neighborhood, lots of PIR people there, and a helpful friendly staff. We did not get a kitchenette for either room, but we did have an ADA room for my mother. It had a bathtub and a separate shower, with handrails in all the right places.

It is very close to base and the main roads to take you where you want to go.

FTLW gave all the "extras" info. :)

I'm booked at the Marriott Courtyard.

Hi FresnoNavyMom, we are also at Courtyard. My son is in Div295, brother div to yours. Are you also attending Sarge's Meet & Greet?


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