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PIR Experiences

This is a place to share your experiences at Great Lakes during your sailor's PIR. Good or not so good, we want to hear it all!

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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on March 27, 2020 at 10:47am

Stephen- hopefully at some point after the virus, they will start to once again hold PIR ceremonies- not happening now

Comment by Stephen rovenger on March 27, 2020 at 10:29am
Our son gave us strict instructions to not photograph anything unless he said we could, to avoid any issues and we complied. Where many recruits come in straight from high school and most had never been away from home, ours had already attended college for 5 years and been on his own the whole time. Aside from occasional visits from us, he might ask for funds. I always obliged. Boot camp was no problem for Greg, just stuff to do and tests to complete. PIR was rougher for me. My fully charged camera battery discharged for unknown reasons when the metal detector or whatever was used at security came in contact with it. The experience of seeing the massive amount of young men and women filing in to serve their (our) country was awe inspiring. Personally, I think it should be mandatory here for everyone and not voluntary. Greg was a sailor but he was still Greg.
Now, 2 yrs later, he has completed his training as an MMN and awaits his next step. With corona at new heights, we're hoping we can keep him a bit longer before he has to leave.
Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on May 22, 2018 at 8:09pm

My son had his PIR on May 9th, 2008. Things were very different then as they are now. No parking passes, no tickets, just four names on the list that your sailor/recruit sent home with the form letter. We only needed our picture ID to get us through the gate to the parking lot between the visitors center and the chapel. Once checked in, we then had to walk across the street and onto a walkway to the drill hall. Some of the old barracks were still there in various stages of demolition. 

There was no parking garage at all and we went on to RTC through the gate on Buckley Road and not across from the METRA station as it is now.

I will share one thing with you that was cause for me to almost crap my pants... It was such an exciting day for us... We went to the wrong gate at first. I wanted to capture all I could on my camera. As we turned off Buckley into the wrong gate, I thought it would be cool to capture and image of the large canopy/sign over the gate. Nothing but sign and blue sky mind you. The armed guard at the gate very nicely informed us how to get to the proper gate. As we followed the traffic in, one of the MAs pointed his finger at us and directed us out of the line. I thought maybe it was just routine search and ID check.

He looked at me and said, "did you take a picture at the other gate?" GULP!!! "Yes sir...just of the sign above the gate." "Let me see." So I showed him the digital image and he made me delete it right on the spot. He said he could have taken my camera right then and there.

So in we drove to the lot...with four of us in the dead silence. 

Make sure you only take pictures in the drill hall or off base!


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