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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


Norfolk Sailors - Family & Friends

For families and friends of Sailors who are stationed at Norfolk; for either Sea Duty or Shore Duty Sailors. Just make sure to keep OPSEC issues in mind and not disclose ship movements in advance.

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Latest Activity: Aug 1


In the event of an emergency within the sailor’s family, where you feel the sailor must be notified and considered for Emergency Leave, you must notify the American Red Cross through the national headquarters in Washington, DC (1-877-272-7337) or via their website

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Housing suggestions

Started by TxMomEPT. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Oct 4, 2019. 1 Reply

"Navy Lodge Norfolk" - Information, rates and photos

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Chipmunk Sep 30, 2019. 16 Replies

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Comment by AnnieKay on November 22, 2019 at 2:23pm

Does anyone know what day I should send my care package to get to the USS Bataan for Christmas? 

Comment by Chipmunk on October 19, 2019 at 12:04pm

Just a reminder - today is when you can visit the Aircraft carrier at Norfolk if you would like. the information is in the link from my last post. Unfortunately, our time last week in Newport News was occupied with other activities for our son's b'day and we had to be back home, but I would have enjoyed doing the tour, even if there was a crowd!!

Comment by Chipmunk on October 9, 2019 at 8:33am

Fleet Week - my husband just shared this information with me.

Does anyone know if you have to have your sailor with you to attend these activities? I am sure you do for the discounts?

Comment by John and Yvonne on October 2, 2019 at 10:02am


Are you driving or flying? I'm guessing driving?

Sams might be able to make that kind, or You could make the cake at home  and put in an ice chest so it would stay fresh. Just a suggestion. :) How long will you be here? We would love to meet you if you have the time.


Comment by Chipmunk on October 2, 2019 at 9:24am

Yvonne there are just four of us coming, but that makes 5 in a room with our sailor, so I was trying to find adequate space and beds. Thanks for the suggestion to check out Sam's. 

His favorite cake is an orange cake with caramel frosting. Duncan Hines use to have a premade one, but at least in our area, they have quit carrying it. So in the past, I have made from scratch.   

Comment by John and Yvonne on October 2, 2019 at 8:54am

Chipmunk, glad you found what you're looking for!  how many people are coming for your sailor's birthday? Sounds like a big group!  Do you belong to Sams or Costco ? I know they make cakes. My daughter bought a cake at Costcos and it was delicious!  If you do belong to either of them, you could google the ones here and put in an order. Hope that helps. :)


Comment by Chipmunk on October 2, 2019 at 1:22am

Yvonne, Thank you! I also needed to know specifically where the Ford was moored, so I could decided which was the best location. My sailor was finally able to call me this afternoon and by the time I got done with the other reservations and started on the hotel ones, things were already booked!! 

But I found something that will accommodate the family and not toooo expensive. This trip is one expensive birthday present. Now to figure out how to get a cake made for him. Not sure if I can make that happen. 

Comment by John and Yvonne on October 1, 2019 at 8:21pm


I have no idea of motels near there. If it was for where we live I could recommend some. Sorry. I would suggest googling them. You should be able to find some good ones. 


Comment by Chipmunk on September 30, 2019 at 9:53pm

Anyone know of good motels near where the USS Gerald R Ford is located at? Thanks!

Comment by Cat123 on September 17, 2019 at 9:37pm

Thanks for the information.  I'm learning a lot.


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