Still recovering from my sons PIR on 06 Feb and WOW is all I can say. If you think you were proud of your recruit, just wait till you see your sailor! Incredible event.
the down side is the hours on liberty call are of course far too short and the
Sunday evening when you return them to base for the last time is heartbreaking for us parents.
Enjoy the time you do have but please be mindful of the rules. As you might guess, your sailor is under scrutiny during liberty. Also please be mindful of your new family members at the ceremony (down in front please).
After liberty call, you will have about 15 minutes to find your sailor and leave the building.
Everyone in attendance was wonderful.
Bring your patience as traffic ingress and egress takes time. The hours for liberty listed on the website for Great Lakes RTC are not carved in stone, in fact your sailors division may be required to stand muster at times other than stated. In my case, my son had specific times for return each day. Be sure to get to the base EARLY so your sailor can walk to their area and have time to get ready for check in. Remember there are no excuses for being late and you need to leave time for everyone else who is trying to get their sailor back on time. Time with your sailor in the parking lot at Chapel is just as good as time with them elsewhere.
By the way...bring tissues!