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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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.

Members: 1314
Latest Activity: Jun 12


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

Housing suggestions

Started by TxMomEPT. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Oct 4, 2019. 1 Reply

"Navy Lodge Norfolk" - Information, rates and photos

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

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Comment by Northwoodsmom on June 12, 2022 at 9:49am

Katharine safe travels as you visit your Sailor. Please share when you get back, I would love to visit in the future and any suggestions would be very much appreciated. I was in Danville Virginia but that was alot more rural I am sure.

Comment by Chipmunk on June 12, 2022 at 8:41am

Katharine - I am glad that your son is finding things to do and enjoying Norfolk. My DIL grew up on the east coast and she loves to go to the beach. There is a lot to see and do in the area if you are able to go see him. Your drive might be long but it is still closer than mine. 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 11, 2022 at 11:50am

And here's the link to the AT group:

Aviation Electronics Technician - AT

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 11, 2022 at 11:46am

Northwoodsmoms - here's the link to the AE group.  It's not very active but maybe if you post there things will perk up!

Aviation Electronics - AE

Comment by Katharine on June 11, 2022 at 11:41am

Wow things are perking up here! 

My son's ship is away for another week or so so he has been in THU at Norfolk. He has been temporarily assigned to help on another ship but unfortunately it is at Newport News so he has to commute every day. However, since he is not on base for all mealtimes, he is getting BAS (not BAH) to cover expenses since he works "away". Thank goodness with these gas prices.

When his ship comes in, it will be undergoing some repairs so he will not be able to live on it. However, they give PPV ( Ithink?) so they can cover expenses.  It is less than BAH but decent enough. He is an E4 and had intended to live on ship until February when he is expecting E5. 

In the meantime, he stops at the beach most days on his way back to Norfold to run. He said the gym at Newport News is better too so it's not all bad. 

His twin sister is moving in with ust in the fall so she can work and save up money for nursing school the following fall. I'm hoping we can drive up to Norfolk to visit then (it's about a 10-11 hour drive). All in all he seems happy at Norfolk. 

Comment by Chipmunk on June 11, 2022 at 9:35am

Good Morning!! 

Shanny - Thanks!!

Northwoodsmom - first of all here is a link to the USS Truman group - USS Harry S. Truman CVN75 - Navy For Moms ( - B'sNukeMom's son was on that ship I believe so I know she posts or keeps up with that group some. 

Housing - that seems to be the million dollar question and frustration in the Norfolk as well as other areas. They should be given barracks to live in unless they are having them sleep on the ship. We have had a recent incident with another ship that was in the shipyards in Newport News and I know it is a sensitive and hard situation. 

For now this is what I believe is correct but I learn so many things from my sailors and it is hard for me to get it all down on paper. 

BAH - Basic Allowance & Housing  (I always say it backwards) is only offered to I think E-5 and above for bachelor sailors. This is what helps to pay for an apartment that is not government supplied housing. So, most likely your son will be living in government supplied housing instead of receiving BAH. - If your son gets an apartment or shares an apartment, he will be paying for it out of his own pocket. - That is the simple version. 

Living on the ship or in barracks is what they do in the Navy. 

More importantly, is transportation in the Norfolk area, especially if your ship is going back and forth from Newport News (shipyard) to the Norfolk base side and is in port.  My understanding is that there is very little public transportation and the base area is very large. 

Also, VA, is very strict on their speeding rules or just driving over the speed limit. 

Hopefully, this can help you get started on the transition. Your son should have a sponsor from his ship or the squadron attachment, so once you know more we can keep connecting you with more resources. 

Comment by Northwoodsmom on June 11, 2022 at 8:03am

Shanny, thank you for the welcome, I never even knew they had a Norfolk site until I read Chipmunks post on the Nuke site. Even if our son's do different jobs they seem all to be connected in some way. Maybe we can help Chipmunk get this site more vocal because I know nothing about the Norfolk area. Do the Sailors usually have barracks to live in, I know yours has a apartment.

Comment by Shanny on June 11, 2022 at 7:37am

Northwoodsmom:  Welcome to the area!!!  Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Oceana are in an area sometimes referred to as Hampton Roads. So if you hear that term, just know they are talking about that whole area. This board is pretty quiet but Chipmunk tries to get us going

Comment by Northwoodsmom on June 10, 2022 at 11:08pm

Hello, not exactly sure if this is where I need to be. My son mentioned Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Oceania. I know he will be with a squadron on the Harry Truman as soon as he finishes his school in Lemoore as a Aviation Electronic Technician. If I am in the wrong place please let me know, sometimes the information he gives me confuses me more than it should.

Comment by Chipmunk on June 9, 2022 at 9:04am

Good Morning Everyone!! I hope things are going well for our families. 


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