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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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The Navy Lodge Norfolk is located near Naval Station Norfolk's Gate 5 at

7811 Hampton Boulevard  Norfolk, VA 23505

Phone:  757-489-2656


Website:  Navy Lodge Norfolk reservations and information

You can make the reservation yourself by providing both your name and the name, rate and rating of the sailor who will check you in (called your "sponsor.")  If you are there for a homecoming, you can check in without your sponsor, but he/she has to check you in within 24 hours.  Otherwise your sailor must be present at check-in and show military ID.

Others nearby:  Navy Lodge Little Creek:  757-464-0215; Navy Lodge NAS Oceana:  757-437-8100

On a recent stay at Navy Lodge Norfolk I took these photos for us.  It's quite close to Gate 5 that leads into the base, so it's close to the ships and piers.  You need photo ID and a sponsor with military ID to enter the base, except for homecomings and your Ombudsman will have that info.

The Norfolk Navy Lodge was renovated in 2010.  It has 292 rooms in two wings (single, double, handicap-equipped, and eight suites), and features a coffee bar & TV area in the lobby, a small outdoor playground area, fitness room, business center, laundry, and a convenience mart that sells staples plus books, souvenirs and even liquor.   

Rooms have kitchenettes, TV with DVD player, and free wi-fi.  The lobby and rooms are lovely; I was impressed!    

RATES:  Single (one queen bed, fridge & microwave) $68; double (two queen beds, kitchen.with full refrigerator, stove/oven, & microwave) $76; family suite (bedroom with two queen beds & tv, living room with pull-out sofa & tv, and kitchen) $97.  No tax is charged.  

There is a free continental breakfast in the lobby 6 am - 9 am, with cereals, muffins, croissants, yogurt, fruit, juice, milk, coffee and tea.

They allow up to two pets.  Each pet's maximum weight allowed is 50 lbs; must present proof of vaccinations; and if there are noise complaints, you have to make other arrangements.

There are several gas stations and fast-food places close by.

The nearest non-Navy motels are the Hampton Inn and the Quality Inn, also on Hampton Blvd between Navy Lodge and Gate 5.  Hampton Inn:  8501 Hampton Blvd, phone (757) 489-1000  Website Hampton Inn - near Norfolk Naval Base

Navy Lodge 800 NAVY INN 800-628-9466 for the reservation policy and FAQs.

Remember to tip your Navy Lodge housekeepers, they are lovely, hardworking ladies! 

Kitchen in family suite has cooktop, microwave, and refrigerator.   The kitchen in the double room is same but with microwave only, no cooktop.

Microwave and small refrigerator in single room

Mini-NEX off the lobby

Continental breakfast 6 - 9 a.m.

Play area

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