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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 Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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:

OPSEC GUIDELINES

Events

**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.

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR UP TO DATE INFO:

RTC Graduation

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

RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021

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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy. Navy.com

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Navy Lodge Norfolk information with rates, photos:  http://navyformoms.com/group/norfolksailorsfamilyfriends/forum/topi...

Navy Lodge Norfolk is close to Naval Station Norfolk's Gate 5, and offers amenities such as kitchenettes and free continental breakfast.  Your sailor needs to check you in.  That link has info about other nearby hotels, too.  

Official visitor tours of Naval Station Norfolk: This Naval Station Norfolk Visitor Information page has tour info, phone numbers and more links.  The tour is fascinating and free for active military!  "The 45-minute tour is conducted by Naval personnel. Visitors will have an opportunity to see aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships and one of the busiest airfields in the country.  The tour also features historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.  The cost is $10 for adults and $5.00 for children 3-11 and senior citizens over the age of 60. CASH ONLY!  Active duty military free. Picture ID is required for all adults."  http://cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrma/installations/ns_norfolk/about/i...

Hampton Roads Events Calendar:  http://hrscene.com

Hampton Roads Visitors Guide, events, news:  http://hamptonroads.com/visitors

Coastal Virginia Magazine has things to do, restaurants, "best of's," events, etc:  http://www.coastalvirginiamag.com

20 of Norfolk's top restaurants:  http://hrscene.com/your-guide-to-norfolk-restaurant-week/

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One thing I recommend is the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. We have suggested that our sailor visit when he has the opportunity, especially since they have a lot of artifacts from the USS Monitor. 

I noticed that someone had mentioned Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint. We have gone there both times I have visited Norfolk. There burgers and cheese fries are amazing!  And they have a huge selection of beers, ciders, etc. BUT be warned!  It is a very small “hole in the wall” type place. Food is good, drinks are great, and service is amazing. But be prepared for a wait as the seating area is very small. 

if you are into the whole reality tv type scene, there is a Hell’s Kitchen restaurant across from Jack Brown’s

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