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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)

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**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.

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**UPDATE 7/16/2021**

RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021 - ONLY 2 GUESTS ALLOWED

MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED. 

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**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.

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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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This is great! Thank you so much!!!

I'll add to it when I get back from my first visit to the area at the end of the month. :)

Here's a listing of restaurants in Portsmouth:  Portsmouth Dining 

From the ferry landing on High Street, you can walk to any restaurant on High St up to street address "800."

By the way, the ferry from Norfolk Waterside makes two stops:  one at the High Street dock, and the other at the Renaissance Hotel.  It's about a one minute ride between those two stops  :-)

The Portsmouth tourism link:  http://www.visitportsva.com  

My favorite restaurants there are Still, which has phenomenal tapas and a great wine list, and The Deck, which is in the marina just a few steps north of the Renaissance and has an incredible view of the Norfolk waterfront and skyline.  

 

Available through MWR - The Cottages on the Coast at Oceana/Dam Creek.  Great beach!  https://www.facebook.com/notes/navy-ffr/discover-dam-necks-cottages...

Marcy - this is terrific!  Now that it has resurfaced once again - I hope folks will continue to add their comments.  I am seriously looking into the cottages. Thank you!

Good article from the Washington Post about visiting Portsmouth!  It's so easy, you can drive from Norfolk or (more fun) take the quick paddlewheel ferry from Norfolk's Waterside (by Nauticus) across the Elizabeth River over to Olde Towne, only $1.50 each way!  

Article:  "Everything's shipshape in Portsmouth" Washington Post

Nice article about visiting Norfolk from the NY Daily News on 5/5/2014:
""Looking for a great road-trip this spring? Perhaps a little farther south than the Washington Mall cherry-blossoms? Then beautiful Norfolk, Va., is the perfect locale to spend a few days, or better yet an entire week."
Link: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/road-trip-norfolk-va-article-...

Some of the places to eat that I like when visiting - In Norfolk, Charlie's American Cafe is a classic hole in the wall for breakfast and lunch, Tom Hanks even ate there while they were filming "Captain Phillips."  Press 626 is a cool cafe and wine bar in an old house.  Fair Grounds for coffee, also in an old house.  Doumar's Drive In for a barbecue sandwich and a milkshake -  a landmark that's been there forever, and they come to the car with your tray!  :)  On the Portsmouth side, Still is amazing for tapas and cocktails, tucked away and down a few steps like a speakeasy :)

Good tidbit from my friend Britt in our corpsman group - "I volunteer at the USO at Norfolk International Airport, we usually recommend service members to use James River Taxi. They usually give them the best rates and have base access."  

2015 Naval Station Norfolk tour schedule and address:  http://www.visitnorfolktoday.com/tour-norfolk-naval-base

Naval Station Norfolk in association with Tidewater Tours Inc. present the naval bus tour schedule:

JAN 1 - MAR 13
One tour daily, except Mondays, unless Holiday. Tour will depart at 1:30pm

MAR 14 - MAY 22
Four tours daily: Tours will depart at 11:00am; 12 noon; 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

MAY 23 - SEP 4
Four tours daily: Tours will depart at 11:00am; 12 noon; 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

SEP 5 - OCT 31
Four tours daily: Tours will depart at 11:00am; 12 noon; 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

NOV 1 - DEC 31
One tour daily, except Mondays, unless Holiday; Tour will depart at 1:30pm.

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. A picture ID is required for all adults.

Bus tours depart from the Naval Tour and Information Center located at 9079 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, Virginia 23505, next to gate 5.

Group tours (chartered buses) can be arranged in advance by calling Naval Tour and Information Center at (757) 444-0948. For general information (ticket information, tour times, bus schedule, etc.) call, (757) 444-7955. The Naval Tour and Information Center will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

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