This is the final test for the recruits...the one that makes them sailors! This is an approximately 12-hour overnight drill, performed on a ship designed by Disney, so you know how realistic all is. They are presented with every situtation that they could encounter while deployed on a ship and are evaluated individually and in small teams on how they respond. At the conclusion of this, there is a capping ceremony where they trade their recruit ballcap for their sailor ballcap! This is their actual graduation. If there are any who fail the first time, they will be given another chance to go through and most all pass then. The majority pass on the first try.
They can start BattleStations a week before PIR...or the week of, depending on the number of divisions. Since there are 14 divisions in this PIR group, they will start the week before, most likely on Wed or Thurs night. They go in division order, starting with the lowest numbered divisions, and they go with brother divisions. The 800 and 900 groups go randomly. Up to 4 divisions can go at a time. Since they go with their brother divisions, then that would be 2 sets of brother divisions, or possibly one set with 900 or 800 (or both) added. Your recruits will tell you when they are going so be sure to ask. Please post in this discussion when you have a date for your division and I will put up a schedule in this group. They do not go on Fri or Sat nights because of Captains Cup on Sat....a fun sports competition between all of the divisions in the PIR. So the nights they do BattleStations can be:
Wed or Thurs (week before PIR), Sun, Mon, Tues, or Wed. NOTE: In the past, I have never seen them go Wed night during the week before PIR, but the 2/11 group, also a large PIR group, seems to have them scheduled then. So for large PIR groups, this may happen. Something a Chief said about Battlestations:
150-300 SRs go at a time, 3-10 of them will fail and have to repeat. The most important thing is TEAMWORK. If the SRs shut their mouths, listen, and work as a team, they should pass.
Here are the brother divisions in this PIR group:
75+76, 77+78, 79+80, 81+82, 83+84, 85+86
Check out the BattleStations video on www.youtube.com Just type in "CNN BattleStations 21" and enjoy!
Wed, Feb 9th/Thurs Feb 10th Div 75, 76, 77, 78
Thurs, Feb 10th/Fri, Feb 11th Div 79, 80, 81, 82
Sun, Feb 13th/Mon, Feb 14th Div 83, 84
Mon, Feb 14th/Tues, Feb 15th Div 85, 86, 805, 913
Thanks, Allashandra; It's on the schedule with 83.
Now, DebBee! Waiting on when 85 and 86 go! So keep your ears open!
HA! Well, if you see a post from 85, you know that is your division's date too...so keep your eyes peeled!
I am sure you guys are thinking what I'm thinking ----- BS21 for Div 85 and 85 will most likely be Sun, Feb 13th/Mon, Feb 14th if four divisions go at the same time, and since Div 83, 84 so far are the only ones for that date,,,,one might assume that is when they are going.
The above should read "BS@! for Div 85 and 86" not 85 and 85