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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

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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 as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

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

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer 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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Latest Activity: Jul 19, 2018

Discussion Forum

When did you hear from your sailor?

Started by LindaC. Last reply by Diana (Proud Navy Mom) Jun 20, 2014. 2 Replies

Hi, my sailor left Norfolk a week ago for the Nitze, and while I was hoping that I'd hear that he got to the ship safely... looks like that's not the way it's done. I'm assuming no news is good news,…Continue

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Comment by Sharla on June 26, 2014 at 4:24pm

My sailor arrived in Norfolk earlier this month, was supposed to be flown out to the Nitze but was handed orders to do a two week refresher course instead. She was also told that the deployment was extended to Sep, but nothing I've seen anywhere else says that. She hasn't heard anything back yet on when she'll be flown out, but I mean if it's coming back mid July, is there a point?

Comment by Hummingbird on June 26, 2014 at 1:34am
Hello to everyone I would like to know if there is a way to confirm the date of the ships arrival in Norfolk. I have made plans based on the hints my sailor has sent me but i am afraid the day may be wrong. They posted today a family day on 7/13. Is this a function that takes place after the ship is in port. I am so new to this and do not want to miss the homecoming.
Comment by Diana (Proud Navy Mom) on June 20, 2014 at 2:22pm
To those of you who asked, no there is not a lot of activity on this page. I have gotten so I only check every couple of months or so because of the lack of activity. I would love to talk to more moms but it is very slow here. Will check back here is a week or so.
Comment by Hummingbird on April 22, 2014 at 11:49pm

My sailor arrived on the Nitze on 4/16 and i am just wondering is there a way to find out what his email on the ship is so i can send him an email.  I miss him so much!!!

Comment by Hummingbird on April 19, 2014 at 8:46pm

My son arrived on the Nitze on Wednesday how do I get on the FRG & Ombudsman's list?

Comment by Debbie D on April 14, 2014 at 9:52pm
Sorry for the typing errors. His ship !!!
Comment by Debbie D on April 14, 2014 at 9:51pm
My son is joining the USS Nitze. Hid ship was just decommissioned April 4 - the USS DeWert from Mayport Florida. Tonight is his first night in Norfolk. He will be joining the USS Nitze soon.
Comment by Ellen B on January 9, 2014 at 8:24pm

Yes, that's the official page, but, once your Sailor gets to the Nitze, you can be placed on the FRG & Ombudsman's list and added to their private pages. Once the ship is back in home port, some stay on the ship, others live in the barracks or get apartments. Some are military housing, some not. My son has a non-military apt. off base in VA Beach. Once this deployment's over, the ship will be in the yards for awhile. Not going out again for awhile.

Comment by Sharla on January 9, 2014 at 4:45pm

Oh I'll have to look on FB, I saw a Nitze page, but it looked more formal, not like a moms thing.  Is there something else?

My daughter's ops school got postponed as of yesterday, so not sure if April will still be her date, or if it will be later.  How does your son like being at sea?  :)  My daughter loves the Navy so far, but she's basically living in a dorm in San Diego, with lots of free time, who wouldn't love that?  She's not living life on a ship yet.  lol.   Do they live on the ship when it's at home port, too, or on base somewhere?  How long was it at home before he left again?

Comment by Ellen B on January 9, 2014 at 11:29am

Hi, Sharia, 

I just popped back on after several months of not being here. Most of us are on fb. But, if you have any questions, I'll try to answer them to the best of my knowledge. My son's on the Nitze, on 2nd deployment.


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