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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Norfolk Sailors - Family & Friends


Norfolk Sailors - Family & Friends

For families and friends of Sailors who are stationed at Norfolk; for either Sea Duty or Shore Duty Sailors. Just make sure to keep OPSEC issues in mind and not disclose ship movements in advance.

Weather - Norfolk

Members: 1314
Latest Activity: on Monday


In the event of an emergency within the sailor’s family, where you feel the sailor must be notified and considered for Emergency Leave, you must notify the American Red Cross through the national headquarters in Washington, DC (1-877-272-7337) or via their website

Discussion Forum

"Navy Lodge Norfolk" - Information, rates and photos

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Chipmunk Sep 30, 2019. 16 Replies


Started by SJWit. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) Sep 17, 2019. 9 Replies

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on Monday

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on April 10, 2024 at 11:59am

Comment by Chipmunk on April 10, 2024 at 8:05am

4kidsforfun - I think I was posting when B'sNukeMom posted. She mentioned Salvation Army and that reminded me that they and some of the other places in our area will do a donation pick up. I know the Salvation Army stores in our area are hurting for donations, but Norfolk is more transient, but he should still look them up and give them a call. Or Goodwill. 

My kids all seem to do better at selling things online. It is just not something I have ventured into. Donating is easier even if I don't get any money back. 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on April 9, 2024 at 11:58am

BBQ Moved to 4/17/2024 due to expected rain on 4/10.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on April 9, 2024 at 11:57am

Comment by Chipmunk on April 9, 2024 at 10:15am

4kidsforfun - Hmm!! I assume he has tried to list on FB and such. I know there are several thrift stores in the area, because I have been to them. I believe sofas can be a little more difficult to get donated. I will see if I can find out something from my kids. 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on April 9, 2024 at 10:01am

4kidsforfun - he can try FaceBook marketplace.  Or look for the local "Buy Nothing Group" on FaceBook.  That's a place where people give away things to neighbors for free.  Most cities have them.  I belong to the group here in my town and it's very active.  If you're in some of the Navy Mom's groups on FB you might also mention it there. Of course, he may have already tried these lol!

If all else fails reach out to Goodwill/Salvation Army or a local church.  With a little google search you may even find a local Veteran's group that would take the donation.  That would be ideal.

Comment by 4kidsforfun on April 8, 2024 at 11:14pm

Does anyone have advice for selling or donating furniture in the Norfolk area? My son's ship deploys soon and he has had no luck trying through local postings. He has a practically new sectional (two adults can sleep easily as my husband I have used it when we visit!), dining table and chairs and some ikea end tables. 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on April 8, 2024 at 12:14pm

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on March 30, 2024 at 9:35pm


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