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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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 Discussions (107)

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Housing suggestions

My daughter is scheduled to report to Norfolk (Eisenhower) by Oct 20. Do you have any recommendations on apartments in the area. We would r…

Started by TxMomEPT

1 Oct 4, 2019
Reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN

"Navy Lodge Norfolk" - Information, rates and photos

The Navy Lodge Norfolk is located near Naval Station Norfolk's Gate 5 at 7811 Hampton Boulevard  Norfolk, VA 23505 Phone:  757-489-2656…

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

16 Sep 30, 2019
Reply by Chipmunk

Norfolk Navy Lodge info, base tours, plus what to see and do in the area

Navy Lodge Norfolk information with rates, photos:

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

24 Sep 30, 2019
Reply by Chipmunk


My son just graduated Prototype in GC and is being sent to Norfolk to the USS Newport News sub.  He says all he knows is that he will be li…

Started by SJWit

9 Sep 17, 2019
Reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN

CAR FAQs for Norfolk Sailors! Repairs, long-term storage, Virginia registration, car buying, base access, and more

"DOES MY SAILOR NEED A CAR?"  The consensus in this group has been a definite YES. A sailor stationed at Norfolk or nearby definitely needs…

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

19 Nov 30, 2018
Reply by KJTXMOM

MWR Events, Activities, Rec Center, Sports and Volunteering for Sailors

Morale, Welfare and Recreation has events, activities, classes and trips for Norfolk-area Sailors.   This page lists current and upcoming e…

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom

0 Mar 23, 2017

Best Neighborhoods

Hi,   Just wondering what the best neighborhoods/areas to live in in Portsmouth, we want to be close to the Naval Hospital as that's where…

Started by MEleanor7

1 Jan 8, 2017
Reply by Erika Janae

Ship coming home. Timing for flight info

Hi, Is there a standard time for a ship to return from deployment? My son is scheduled to be home soon, and I want to get him a flight, but…

Started by SeasonedMom

11 Dec 7, 2016
Reply by SeasonedMom

Housing ? Norfolk Virginia

Hi so my husband has his orders it say Norfolk afloat east. He is in Aschool right now. He has been so busy these days that has not had tim…

Started by vivi16

0 Aug 19, 2016

Drydock assignment Norfolk

My sailor is tentatively to report to a ship in dry dock in Norfolk. Can anyone give information on living situation? Will they be on the s…

Started by Hey Lady!

11 Jul 31, 2016
Reply by BBS


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