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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 8/25/2022 - 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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Navy Lodge Norfolk information with rates, photos:

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."

Hampton Roads Events Calendar:

Hampton Roads Visitors Guide, events, news:

Coastal Virginia Magazine has things to do, restaurants, "best of's," events, etc:

20 of Norfolk's top restaurants:

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I love the historical area of Portsmouth known as Olde Towne, along the Elizabeth River directly across from Norfolk's Waterside. Drive there from Norfolk (264W through the tunnel, then first right on Effingham, right on High St); or more fun, park at MacArthur Mall or nearby and take the $1.50 ferry from Waterside across, which is a great thing in itself, as you get great views and the ferry is charming. You disembark at High Street in Olde Towne; High Street is lined with great shops and galleries (Courthouse Galleries has free programs the first Sunday of the month), and the Tidewater Community College art school gallery is also very good and free. You can walk & explore the lovely streets (some cobblestone) filled with beautiful historic Victorian homes to the north of High Street. Also, you can walk from the ferry along the Riverwalk north to the Tidewater Yacht Marina. Walk down the center dock to The Deck, with casual bar, deck, dining and great views. Lots of good restaurants along High St too or take a lunch along.
Where to stay: Marriott's Renaissance Hotel is right on the Riverwalk - - check their link "Deals at this hotel."
Bed and Breakfasts include the Patriot Inn -
Olde Towne Portsmouth information:
The ferry arriving at the High Street landing (that's the USS Bataan under renovation in the background, and the schooner Spirit of Independence readying for a sunset cruise ~

We just got back from Family Cruise day with our son at Norfolk. Had a great visit. We stayed at the Navy Lodge, right down the road from the Base. ItT was very nice, clean, updated and had a light breakfast that helped get the morning going. Our room had kitchen-ette, I'm not sure if all the rooms do? Nice to have if you are there for an extended stay.
Sounds good! Navy Lodge 800 NAVY INN (800-628-9466) (be sure to read reservation policy and FAQs)
The Norfolk downtown waterfront features an area called Waterside Marketplace, which has restaurants (Outback, Joe's Crab Shack, & Hooters), shops, and a marina. Next to Waterside is Nauticus (an "interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea" and where you can go aboard the Battleship Wisconsin.
I found a good "get out of the house" spot at Chrysler Museum of Art.

Parking is free, general admission is free. I was able to hit the free bus and hit an outlying exhibit in the form of a historic house.
Gas anyone ever stayed in a condo in the sandbridge area?
We went to the Nauticus last Feb. when we where visiting and it was alot of fun.  It will take you most of the day.  So it is a great thing to do if you are waiting for your sailor to get off from work.
When visiting our sailor we found a GREAT seafood restaurant in Virginia Beach - 'Hot Tuna' - Looks very unassuming
on the outside (its in a what looks like a strip mall), but the dress is casual, lots of people of all ages, a little crowded,
but excellent food . . . .
Thanks, we may try it when we go.

Here's the link to the Norfolk MWR site:  Naval Station Norfolk MWR

"Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) covers a wide scope of worldwide operations that provide sailors and their families with the finest facilities, programs and activities to meet their recreational and social needs. MWR provides Single Sailor programs, fitness facilities, tickets and travel and motion pictures ashore. Furthermore, their programs encourage positive individual values, aid in recruitment and retention, and provide for the physical, cultural and social needs of a mobile Navy."

Among the links for boating, bowling, etc, I found information about cottages for rent! The Cottages at Dam Neck, Virginia Beach VA

Also Williamsburg:  Cabins at Chatham Annex Williamsburg 

Along these lines, here is the Navy MWR list of camping, cabins & RV parks for the USA, alphabetical by state, with Italy and Japan too; scroll down to Virginia (seven locations).

Places we ate at on our last visit to Norfolk, all very good.

No Frill Bar & Grill-Sportswood Ave, Norfolk

Charlies Cafe-Granby St, Norfolk

Freemason Abbey-Downtown Norfolk

Belmont House of Smoke-Norfolk

Don-N-Burger-Norfolk-Mantoe St, Norfolk

Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt --Colley Ave, Norfolk


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