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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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Hello all!
My son is part of ship 11, USSKearsgard, div. 43. We are getting so excited to see him graduate and see how much he has changed :). In our form letter we were informed that about a week prior to graduation we would receive confirmation and additional information about what to do when we arrived. We have not received anything and are starting to worry. Should we be worried? We plan to head out Wednesday morning (drive 2 days). Planning to attend meet and greet the 27th in Waulkegan and be relaxed for graduation day. Our son told us he might be a bit cranky because he will not have had any sleep due to battlestations, inspections and graduation preparations.
He will get to come home with us following graduation, yeah! Then head back for A school Jan. 5.
Hope to hear from somone soon. Merry Christmas!


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Karen, I don't know what the form letter may have stated about confirmation etc and what additional information there is about what to do when you arrive, things have changed a great deal since April, but I will tell you not to worry (of course you will, it is what we all do because it is our nature), remember "NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS" at this point.There really isn't anything additional that you need, that I know of, other than making sure you have proper ID, your gate pass if driving, and your SAILOR at PIR to tell you what is going on after PIR for him and when he can leave. :)

The last couple of weeks for me with my son at BC, I so wanted to get a phone call from him, but I kept repeating please don't let my phone ring until the expected the "I AM A SAILOR" call, which came the Tuesday before PIR. My son being my son told me he didn't pass BS when I got that call, sending my heart into cardiac arrest, he then told me just kidding (the little so and so).

You are so very close to getting the best hug ever, your SAILOR home for Christmas (which is the best). Hang in there, and once again, at this point NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS!!!

Safe travels and have a Merry Christmas!!!

My son was ship 11 div 044, brother div to 43. Feel free to pm me at


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