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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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I'm trying to snag the Southwest deal to boot camp, and would like to arrange my flight out to be a little after my son hops on his plane to MA school so we can get him his phone, computer and essentials for the OC Spray.  Can anyone tell me whether the MAs fliy out the Saturday after boot camp, or Sunday?  Did they fly out of Midway or O'Hare?  

Thanks for any help!

Julie Lancaster

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Hi my daughter is going to MA school also.. We wont know until week before graduation, but this is what I hear.. They fly out of O'hare and get to airport about 1 am on Saturday morning and do not fly until about 5 pm Sat.. Now anything can change and this is just what info I gathered.. I booked until Sunday to be be on safe side 

Tricia, it is good that you are planning to leave on Sunday. Your Sailor may arrive at the airport at 1 am or as late as 5 or 6 am depending on which time she is assigned. She could fly out early in the morning or late in the afternoon or early evening. It all depends on flight availability. She may fly out of O’Hare International Airport (ORD) or Midway International Airport (MDW). All of the Sailors heading to San Antonio will NOT be on the same flight.

My son graduated June 3 he flew out of midway to MA school in San Antonio, he told us which airport the day of graduation so be prepared for them to fly out of either one. We booked our return flights at 6pm to make sure we had plenty of time to see him off and get back to our airport on time which happened to be ohare. They have a train that runs from midway to ohare very easy to use $3 a person.

Julie, your Sailor will most likely fly out the day after PIR--the only thing that would change that is if your then Sailor has an issue that results in remaining in the THU until it is resolved. You will not know your Sailor's flight itinerary until after PIR. Some Sailors know when they make the "I'm a Sailor!" call, but most will not be able to let loved ones know until after PIR. There will most likely be some from your Sailor's TG who will fly out of O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and some who will fly out of Midway International Airport (MDW). It all depends on flight availability. Buses make a loop from the RTC to the airports and back to the RTC for another group of Sailors several times beginning around 12:30 am and Sailors are assigned to a time, which could arrive at one of those airports as early as around 1 am or as late as around 6 am or so. Your Sailor will know when he will be arriving at the airport and when his flight will be and will be able to let you know following PIR. Send an index card so that he can write down his flight details for you and give it to you following PIR.

See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend.

Julie, Check your My Page.

I see this discussion is old, but can anyone tell me what the "essentials" for OC are for? I know what OC is, but what does he need from me to bring.
I would like to have that with me when we meet at the airport.
Thank you!

proudnavymom44, see the info on that in Break down week by week.


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