We went to Son's graduation this week. Had a great time, got so spend as much time as we could together, but even though we're new to this whole Army thing we realize the DS means what he says!
The recruits had to be back in formation at 18:00 hours, not one minute later then that. Many families had the guys back by 5:30, you know, just to be on the safe side. One recruit got back at 6:03. He got to graduate, but he only got 4 hours w/ his family that day. (we had from 10:30 to 7). I felt bad for the family, but after all those weeks of training did the recruit not realize the DS means what he says?
So if you're loved one is in BCT/Boot give yourself plenty of time to get back to barracks to line up in formation. A few minutes isn't worth the hours you're going to loose