Do the Sailors march into PIR by order of Division? Does anyone know approx how many Sailors are in each graduating division? I'm trying to gauge where I should find a seat at graduation to increase my chances of being able to actually SEE my Sailor amongst all those faces!
My SR is in a fairly large graduating class on 6/9/17, TG 31 - 12 Divisions (177-186, 814 & 931)
Yes they march in in order of division, and there are assigned bleacher sections for each division, so you will at least be able to see where they will be standing when you first get there to find a seat. When my son graduated it was March and super cold, they had all their winter gear on and most of their faces covered, so it took us a while to find him. Once they had marched in and lined up and taken off their coats, then we were able to see him clearly, but not until then. It might be easier now with it not being so cold to see them as they are marching in, but keep in mind it's a big group of sailors in each division, and they all kind of start looking alike in their matching uniforms. We actually sat at the very top row of the bleachers and had a great shot of our sailor. Good luck, it's an amazing experience!
Thank you SO MUCH for your reply! This helps a lot!
Yes, they march in in numerical order. There are markers to let you know where to sit, but you choose your seat. By the time of PIR the 88 recruits in each division has dwindled down to an average of 75 in each division. There is info in PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend for you.
Good stuff, very helpful, THANK YOU!
You are very welcome.
HAHA! I can relate...and my eyes are so horrible, I'll for sure be the one waving and taking pictures of the wrong Sailor the whole time.....
LOL that's what I did! It's a very emotional moment, and I should have been able to pick out my sailor because he has darker skin, so he was at least in the minority, and I still couldn't pick him out! They walk by so fast and barely look at the audience for a second...it's hard! Just wait until you can put your arms around them, it's the best feeling!
OK, I'm ordering new glasses so I can see him. I will bring binoculars if I find out it is permissible.
Anyone know if opera glasses or binoculars ok?