Found this post from a PIR last year. Thought it was interesting
Below is from an article on the Armed Forces Press Services. When I [not Sharon, but the person who wrote this] was in the Navy (30 years ago) we had to pretend we were in certain scenarios. Currently at Great Lakes, there is Battle Stations 21, which is a ship where the sailors have to perform a series of exercises as a TEAM throughout the night - 10:pm to 10:am. All the sights and sounds and smells of the ship are just as they would encounter in the fleet. While they are going through the exercises or simulations, all parts of the ship are viewed by battle station technicians and commanders. They can critique them, and they are watching to make sure everyone is safe.
GREAT LAKES NAVAL TRAINING CENTER, Ill. -- It's a sound all sailors recognize: a loud insistent gong sounding over the ship PA system. Then, "General quarters. General quarters. All hands man your battle stations."
The sound causes sailors' adrenalin to flow as they switch into combat mode. The call to general quarters means they drop whatever they're doing, don their battle gear and sprint for their battle stations. Seconds count, and performing tasks the right way during moments of absolute chaos can mean the difference between safety and swimming.
Because naval warfare is serious business, training specialists here felt recruits needed exercises that were as real as they could possibly be. From this desire grew Battle Stations, the culminating event of the Navy's basic training.
"We don't shoot anyone, but we try to make it as realistic as we can," said Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Luce, a Battle Station specialist. The event begins at about 10 p.m. on the last week of basic training. In the course of the next 12 hours, sleep-deprived recruits must handle 12 different scenarios.
During a mass-casualty exercise, for example, recruits enter a pitch-black room. Suddenly, all hell breaks loose. Lights flash and machine-gun chatter splits the air. Explosions go off. A recruit is declared wounded, and his teammates must put him on a litter and carry him to safety.
The team pushes and pulls the litter along passageways, under decks and through barbed wire. All the while, the only light recruits have to work by is strobe-like "explosions" in the room.
After 10 minutes the team converges in a small area under the deck with another team coming from the opposite direction. Confusion reigns. Sailors yell over the explosions trying to create order from chaos.
Finally, the sound system cuts out and the lights go back on. Sweat-drenched recruits try to figure out what happened. A facilitator critiques them and leads them to their next stop in Battle Stations.
The above description says it starts at 10:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m. I've already read elsewhere that it starts around 8:00 p.m. and ends at around 8:00 a.m. They go over 24 hours without sleep, because it comes after a full day of regular boot camp.
Here's some more about it from a different source (again, can't remember where I got it - I've done a lot of surfing around since my daughter left!):
The ship. About 8 p.m., recruits are marched into the BS21 complex. Before they see their ship, their recruit division commanders are sent away, and BS21 staff take the helm.
The staff members greet the recruits and quickly get down to business. They watch mock television newscasts warning of imminent terrorist attack in Norfolk, Va. They get a briefing by Trayer’s captain — played convincingly by Kitty Hawk skipper Capt. Todd Zecchin — who later pops up on screens strategically placed around the ship to coach, warn and advise his sailors throughout the night.
In all, 17 different videos will be shown, one for each scenario the recruits will tackle. Some convey history lessons, while others update the “battle situation” in which the recruits are engaged. Soon, the recruits march from the dark warehouse setting onto the pier.
Looming above them is the Trayer, a 210-foot-long replica of a guided-missile destroyer. It’s lit up like any other ship in port.
Trayer sits in water — 90,000 gallons of it, to be exact — and the wooden pilings next to the pier are even painted with authentic-looking seagull droppings.
Recruits are greeted by a slight breeze and various waterfront sounds, from seagull cries to helicopter rotors.
So real is the “surround sound” that some recruits have been seen to flinch when the helicopter sound roars overhead.
My daughter confirmed today that Div 136 is doing Battlestations on thurs 3/18 calling Friday They go in groups of 10 as a team if any team member doesn't pass then all have to do again They take a nap then go again for 12 more hours.The ones that passed are guarenteed to pass 2nd time going thru if they pass the first time you will get your Sailor call the next afternoon.When her division did Battlestations a lot had strep throat so some went straight to RCU for a few days then called home so you can imagine how worried the moms were who didn't get their calls
The last of the divisions from this Friday's PIR are doing BS21 tonight. There is a slight chance that BS for our PIR date will begin tomorrow. Still no official word for Div. 133 134, 807 and 919. Letters should be arriving tomorrow so if anyone hears be sure to post right away.
Kathy - I went back a few PIRs and check the theory of order....PIR 1/29 did not go in order. I will be stalking the mailman today, so hopefully I have some news by 130 CST. 1230 is too early to check my mail, but 105 is usually okay!!! I might go MIA for that 30 minutes and just it at the mail box!!!!
That's so funny hacmps. I was just sitting here contemplating how I'm glad I slept longer today so I don't have to wait so long to check the mailbox. No letter in two weeks (although he told me last Monday that he was sending one) so I was thinking I might go find the mailman and follow him to my box. I'm getting exceedingly more anxious every day (and night).