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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 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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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: on Thursday


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

Discussion Forum

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 Shanny on August 21, 2022 at 8:01pm

When my son moved on with his roommate in Hampton, their ship was in Newport News at the shipyards. So his drive was 7 minutes on a good day. 10 on a longer day. His drive now to Norfolk is 30 minutes on a good day but has been over an hour on a bad day-car accident in the tunnel 

Comment by Chipmunk on August 21, 2022 at 4:15pm

Proud AG Mama - You are just fine. I should have been in bed a lot earlier last night, but I do not view my N4M on a phone, so that was my earliest opportunity to reply to your question, once I was able to check the site on my computer. 

I saw your friend request on this site, and I accepted, as well as I sent you a private message. 

There are benefits to being on the same side of the bridge as your ship. If it is in the yards, the Hampton side is closer, but if in dock the Norfolk side works best. 

Comment by Proud AG Mama on August 21, 2022 at 10:43am

Chipmunk - sorry for the slow response. We go to bed here early. I passed on your info, thank you. My Sailor is familiar with Pinewood from his last time out. He is interested in New Hampton Commons, but a little unsure because of location being on other side of bridge. I greatly appreciate your info.

How do I friend request? Through FB or is that a thing on this site as well?

Comment by Chipmunk on August 20, 2022 at 10:36pm

Proud AG Mama - if you would like more information, send me a friend request. I will do my best to get back with you before tomorrow evening. 

Comment by Chipmunk on August 20, 2022 at 10:35pm

Proud AG Mama - the Pinewood Gardens Apartments - Contact Us are on the Norfolk, VA side of things. 

Within walking distance of some grocery stores, however Little Creek RD is very busy, but there are several apartment units so good walking, jogging area, pool & fitness center. 

If more than one person is on the lease, they both have to sign and the same for renewals. 

Northwoodsmom - The BAH helps to offset the housing - Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) ( - expenses. 

Comment by Shanny on August 20, 2022 at 10:04pm

Here I am!  Sorry it is a festival day here with fireworks and food trucks and games and all that…. Currently storming. And they are lighting fireworks lol 

I can’t get ahold of my kid for some reason tonight. He may have duty. But his previous apartment was at New Hampton Commons in Hampton, VA. He really liked the apartment itself which was more like a townhouse. Two stories, two bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms. The rent was a lot more reasonable than others in the area. But his roommate was the only one on the lease and the lease renewal was due while they were underway and he forgot to notify the complex. So they ended up having to move. The only complaint he had was it sometimes took forever to get maintenance to fix things. 
he currently lives in Newport News but I don’t know the name of the complex. I was trying to ask but he hasn’t answered. Also townhomes. They have a pool, a gym, outdoor grilling areas. Safe area of Newport. Not the sketchy part. If I hear back from him I’ll post the name. 

Comment by Northwoodsmom on August 20, 2022 at 12:30pm

Proud AG Mama, hopefully Shanny will see this and be able to help, her son just moved into a complex or house recently. I heard the rental there is ridiculous.

Comment by Northwoodsmom on August 20, 2022 at 12:26pm

Thanks Kim, so appreciated!

Comment by Kim8 on August 20, 2022 at 11:34am

Reply to Northwoodsmom: My son is not on a carrier but I was interested about the refueling process for a carrier & came across this documentary that the Navy made; there appears to be 5 parts to this. It is 11 yrs old but still may give you an idea of the process & what it means for sailors assigned to the ship.

Comment by Proud AG Mama on August 20, 2022 at 10:50am

Hi! I have been pretty quiet on here over the last few years as my Sailor went to MS then Germany. He is headed back to Norfolk. Does anyone have suggestions for good apartment complexes to check out? TIA


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