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Welcome Aboard

CONGRATULATIONS on receiving orders to the Nations' Protector - the finest amphibious ship in the United States Navy.  The Chain of Command stands by to assist and welcome you, and to make your transition as smooth as possible. If you are flying in, call the ship's quarterdeck at 757-462-7110 or 757-392-3060 upon arrival and we'll have someone pick you up. If our ship is NOT in port, check in with the USO/Military Liaison Counter at the Norfolk International Airport and they can provide you with transportation information to Transient Personnel Unit (TPU).   TPU is located at 1683 Gilbert Street, Bldg J-50 (Nimitz Hall), Naval Station Norfolk. TPU's telephone numbers are 757-445-9201 or 757-444-9290. 

Useful Links

Manpower Accession Policy Working Group (MAPWG):

This website serves as a forum for the resolution of enlistment and student testing issues. The MAPWG coordinates selection and classification research, as well as joint service matters related to accession policy. This website contains materials associated with current and past meetings as well as a bulletin board for posting issues and questions relating to joint service testing policy. This website hosts archives that date back to May 2001.

MilConnect Portal:

This website allows beneficiaries to review personal, health care, and personnel information from one reliable source: DEERS. The following functions can be performed:

  • Update contact information instantly.
  • View current health care eligibility, manage TRICARE enrollments, locate the nearest Military ID card issuing facility.
  • View personnel information, transfer Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits to eligible family members.
  • View Civilian Employment Information.
  • View Service members' Group Life Insurance information (except Marines and Coast Guard), obtain proof of insurance if currently in a TRICARE managed program.
  • Find answers to frequently asked questions about health care eligibility and more.

Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS):

The central objective of DCAS is to collect and maintain U.S. casualty information on war fighters who have fallen in global or regional conflicts involving the United States. This site is maintained by DMDC. While this data is used to support and influence many practical objectives, DMDC understands the sensitivity of this information and extends its respect to families and friends across our Nation who have lost loved ones to the wars and conflicts described here:

  • Data is updated daily from each of the four Services.
  • Data is gathered on deceased, wounded, ill, or injured Active Duty United States military personnel and Guard/Reservists.

The Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA):

This application is used by military Active Duty and Ready Reservists to help them determine eligibility for FSSA. It is a voluntary financial benefits program for military families, intended to increase a service member's income in order to remove their household from eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Allowance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the food stamp program).

Military Lending Act (MLA):

The Military Lending Act web site provides an ability to verify whether an individual's military sponsor is currently serving on Active Duty in the U.S. military. The MLA provides important safeguards to members on Active Duty and their dependents in the area of pay day loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, military installment loans, and rent-to-own. This web site helps the dependents of service members verify their military sponsor is serving on Active Duty and therefore is eligible for the protections of the MLA. Historical information is not available through this web site.

Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA):

This website allows users to verify the active duty status of Active Duty Reserve and National Guard members for the purpose of postponing or suspending certain civil obligations. The SCRA program provides certain protections from civil actions against service members who are called to Active Duty. It restricts or limits actions against these personnel in the areas of financial management such as rental agreements, security deposits, mortgages, credit card interest rates, etc.

New Parent Support:

The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program (NPSHVP) is designed to promote positive family interactions, nurture child development, and prevent child abuse.

Family Life Education:

To help active duty military members (single and married) and their family enhance their effectiveness at home or work, Fleet and Family Support Centers' professional counselors and educators offer Life Skills services and programs that foster good relations, healthy families, and strong marriages.

Exceptional Family Member:

The Navy’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a quality of life program that supports Sailors who have dependents with chronic medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational conditions and require special care and services.

Family Advocacy Prevention:

Long deployments, frequent moves, and mission readiness demands impose many stresses on military families, often leading to marital and parent child conflict. Concern for the welfare of Navy families and the effects of family violence on military performance prompted the establishment of FAP in 1976.


Parenting skills training helps moms and dads manage the challenges associated with raising children of various ages and stages — from how to handle a toddler’s tantrums to how to talk to your teenager.

Parenting School Age Children:

Parenting skills training helps moms and dads manage the challenges associated with raising school-age children, six to twelve years old.

Parenting Teens:

Parenting skills training helps moms and dads manage the challenges associated with raising teens, thirteen to eighteen years old.

Support Service:

Fleet & Family Support Center recognizes that being in the military presents unique challenges and opportunities for service members and their families. FFSC's programs and services are designed to help you make the most of your military experience...and they are available to you and no cost. The Child and Youth Programs (CYP) provide developmental child care and youth recreational programs and services for eligible children and youth ages 4 weeks to 18 years of age.

Parenting Kids of Deployed:

Deployments can be difficult for children but manageable when parents use knowledge, skills, and helpful coping techniques. FFSC offers Deployment Readiness for Parents to help parents and children learn how to cope, share feelings and emotions, and communicate effectively during deployment.

Single and Divorced Parents:

This single-session workshop explores ways for active duty single parents to balance their military and parental responsibilities and looks at the opportunities and challenges of parenting alone in the military. Discussion topics include dealing with changes, co-parenting, talking with your child about their other parent, dating, resources for single military parents, and more.


FFSC provides conferences and programs to military spouses in leadership positions and spouses adjusting to new roles that accompany spouse promotions.