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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 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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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.

Members: 1317
Latest Activity: Feb 15


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(Vet) 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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Chipmunk on February 8, 2023 at 10:47pm

Northwoodsmom - Thank you for sharing this! I believe this is just for on base, but that is good to know. 

Comment by Northwoodsmom on February 8, 2023 at 3:59pm

I know Chipmunk mentioned that there wasn't any transportation at Norfolk but I did find this on a Facebook site for Norfolk.

Comment by Chipmunk on February 8, 2023 at 3:37pm

4kidsforfun - Welcome!! This is evidently one group on this site that I do not follow the new members joining. We are glad you are here. There are several of us that are currently active on the site. This group doesn't get much action, but since I heard there were several from other groups whose sailors were headed to Norfolk or at Newport News, Oceana, I wanted to have us do a shout out again. 

There are some things more unique to the East Coast than say San Diego. We do not have any web cams for watching our ships come in. Several of us have to rely on the local families to post pictures on our Ombudsman group page. 

Also, it is my understanding that there is no public transportation in the area, so it is almost imperative that our sailors have a vehicle, especially if the ship is back and forth between the shipyard and port. 

Also, crazy driving and accidents, as well being given tickets for things that may not be common in other areas of the country are something that I have learned about from several of the local sailors. Remind yours to mind their Ps & Qs, to watch their speed and to know what the local laws are with regards to speeding, traffic tickets and whether they might be a misdemeanor or not. 

These are no joke issues and even the best of our sailors can find themselves facing situations they had not planned for. 

This is a public group, so I am just saying this as a reminder - not everyone local sees our military as a blessing or a welcomed presence in this area, as they might be in other areas of our country. Our sailors have to be on their best behavior and do their best to remind those they are around that there will always going to be someone that is struggling with their place in life, but that is not every sailor, so may ours be the light and the good where they can be and share kindness and mercy no matter where they are. 

If there is ever an issue that you are not sure if you can address it to the group first, feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to help guide you, as you are looking for answers to questions or situations that might arise. 

Comment by 4kidsforfun on February 8, 2023 at 2:20pm

Hi Gigi - wondered how you were doing and just joined this group myself. Didn't realize it existed until Chipmunk mentioned it this week. I had joined a group for my son's ship but there is no current activity there. Seems like it was all back when the ship came back to Norfolk in 2015. He's been there almost a year now working on quals while ship is still in Newport News but they are hoping to move it to Norfolk in a few months. One of his roommates from Goose Creek is on the Stennis as well so maybe your son knows her. They were originally there about the same time but my son was one of the lucky ones who avoided any extra covid quarantines during boot camp (other than great wolf lodge of course!) and goose creek so got through fairly quickly compared to some. 

Comment by Northwoodsmom on February 6, 2023 at 10:25pm

Gigi of course we remember you. Your son was going through Power School about the same time as mine after one of his many setbacks.  Is he closer to you at all or further away? I hope he isn't disappointed with his ship in dry dock for a while, I know they are itching to get out to do their jobs. So happy you are here!

Comment by Chipmunk on February 6, 2023 at 4:55pm

Dawn - Were you trying to post your comment here? I think it showed up in the "main room" chat instead. 

Comment by Chipmunk on February 6, 2023 at 4:24pm

Gigi - Yes, I remember you!! Did you ever join Beyond BC - that is where most of us hang out and do a lot of daily chatter. Sometimes more of us than others, but it is where everyone can stay connected if they wish. 

I am glad that your son is able to work on his qualifications. Having the ships / boats in the shipyards can be hard. My son's ship has been in Newport News twice since he has been in the Norfolk area. 

Northwoodsmom - I do not know as much about how the squadrons operate, but you keep posting and keep asking. Remind me and we will reach out to the Norfolk ombudsman if we need to.

Shanny - May your sailor glean a lot of new knowledge that will be helpful down the road! 

Katharine - Enjoy the time when you can get it with your sailor!

Comment by Gigi on February 6, 2023 at 3:17pm

Hello my first time commenting on here. My son is in Newport News, Stennis - will likely be under maintenance until 2025. He’s busy doing his quals. Living in an apartment at Hampton. Hope to see more people on here from BC. I stopped following BC after the batch of Shanny and Katharine! Definitely i know Northwoodsmom and Chipmunk from BC to Nuke page. Hope you still remember me.

Comment by Northwoodsmom on February 6, 2023 at 2:14pm

I'm here, my son will be stationed at Oceana but his ship is the Truman when deployed. They don't have a site for Oceana that I know of. The squadrons operate a little different from what I am understanding. Would love more information if anyone has any!

Comment by Shanny on February 6, 2023 at 1:03pm

I am here. Kind of. Work is insane today. Happens when the temperature swings like it has been. 

my sailor is still in Norfolk. But away for schooling at the moment. Somewhere in New Jersey. 


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