This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.

FIRST TIME HERE?

Follow these steps to get started!

Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, no last names are allowed, even if your last name differs.  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

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.

Check out these Navy Social Links...

facebooktwitterYouTubegoogle+Pinterest
tumblrflickriPhone AppAndroid App

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

Format Downloads:

Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

N4M Merchandise


Shirts, caps, mugs and more can be found at CafePress.

Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by CafePress.

America's Navy STEM

Today's Sailor can contribute to exciting innovations by pursuing an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Learn more here:

Navy.com Para Padres

Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy. Navy.com

Badge

Loading…

Battle Stations-21 (BST)

Battle Stations-21 (BST) is the final test for the recruits and is a 12 hour evaluation program with 17 ship board scenarios from missile attacks that can cause fires to flooding caused by exploding undersea mines. Recruits also stand watches on the bridge and are tasked with engineering scenarios, lookout scenarios, and mass casualty drills. Battle Stations-21 is conducted several times a week, at night, on board USS Trayer (BST 21), a 210-foot-long Arleigh Burke-class destroyer simulator. It begins around 8:00 pm CST and ends the next morning. Throughout the various scenarios, recruits are evaluated and graded not only as individuals, but also as teams and as an entire division. The morning that a recruit passes Battle Stations-21, s/he attends a capping ceremony around 8:20 or so that lasts about 20-30 minutes where s/he removes his/her “RECRUIT” ball cap and replaces it with a “NAVY” ball cap, which signals to the world that s/he is a US Navy Sailor!

One to four divisions participate in Battle Stations-21 at one time. Brother divisions go through together. The 900 and 800 divisions go randomly, unless there are two 900 or two 800 divisions in the group. Sometimes two sets of brother divisions go together; sometimes a set of brother divisions goes with the 800 and/or 900 division/s. Occasionally only one set of brother divisions goes through. The 900 division may go through alone. They start with the lowest-numbered divisions and move up---not including the 800/900 in that sequence. They can start on Wednesday or Thursday, a week before PIR. They do not go on Friday or Saturday nights because of the weekend and Captains Cup (a fun athletic competition between the divisions in that TG) on Saturday. Then they can resume on Sunday-Wednesday nights, depending on how large the PIR group is and how many of those nights they will need. (We have been seeing BST occurring on Wednesday of the week before PIR through Tuesday of the week of PIR often since the summer of 2013.) If your recruit reveals the dates of BST, do not post that information anywhere on the web; instead PM that info to those within your PIR group, so that others can be prepared for their calls as well.

The "I'm a Sailor!" calls can come 1 to 10 days prior to PIR on a weekday and usually start around 2 pm Central Time, but can start earlier or later, and can come as late as around 8 pm Central Time. Therefore, it is best to have your phone close by all day. When your Sailor makes that call, s/he will most likely be very tired since s/he will have been up since 5 am the previous day and won't make it into his/her rack until between 8 and 10 pm that night, but you and your Sailor will be very proud and very happy. Please ask your Sailor if everyone in his/her division passed and post that within your PIR group. Some new Sailors may not get to make their calls until later if they have watch, a medical appointment, or other reason, so it would be nice for those loved ones to know that they have a Sailor instead of having to wait a day or two for that call. (My call came in the evening on the Thursday before PIR as we were driving up to GL.) (Note:  The first calls for the TG usually come on the day of the previous week's PIR, but can come as early as Wednesday of the week before PIR when PIR is on Friday. Calls can come 8 to 10 days prior to PIR for a TG that follows a PIR that occurs on a day other than Friday, such as the Thanksgiving TG that has PIR on Wednesday each year or if the RTC has to move BST for another reason such as if there is a holiday during the week of PIR and the TG is large and/or more days are needed for BST than are available.) There have been some recruits and even a whole division at least once that did not make the "I'm a Sailor!" calls. If you do not receive a call, don't worry, everything is fine. Those who will not have PIR do make a call to let their loved ones know that there is a problem, so "No news is good news."

Go to IDEAS-BattleStations 21 on CNN, Boot camp gets new Battle Stations trainer, and USS Trayer Turns Five at RTC to find out more on BST. There have been recruits who failed BST on the first try, but all have passed on the second try. The Navy Times article also mentions this. It is a very low number that fail BST though because hopefully the recruits will work together and help their shipmates who are struggling with something. After all, that's what shipmates do. Falling asleep during BST will result in failure and being ASMO'd to a division with a later PIR date--usually two weeks later than the recruit's original PIR date. All recruits who make it to BST do eventually go on to pass and become US Navy Sailors except in very rare cases when a medical or legal issue is not discovered or addressed until after BST because the Navy is not going to train them and then send them home at the last step in the process.

If your recruit has not passed all of his/her final tests, he/she will not be allowed to participate in BST until those are passed. See Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training (FIT).

The following was posted by the PAO within the RTC's fB site:

WHEN WILL MY RECRUIT GO THROUGH BATTLE STATIONS?

Battle Stations-21 is the recruits' final test that can take place anywhere from eight to two days prior to graduation. We do not give out the specific date your recruit's division will be taking this test nor do we allow the dates to be posted. We do not post any specific training details and we urge everyone to practice Operational Security by not posting such information.

_____

A few weeks before PIR, be sure to write and ask your recruit when Battle Stations-21 will be. You can then PM others with loved ones in the division and/or Brother Divisions so they will be informed as well--but do not post BST dates openly on the web. When you receive your "I'm a Sailor!" call, be sure to ask your new Sailor if everyone in the division and brother division passed and be sure to post that within the PIR group for others who are also waiting on this call. You can post that you have a Sailor once BST is over.

The above information is provided by lemonelephant, the mom of a retired Sailor.

Updated 01/22/2018

Comment

You need to be a member of Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) to add comments!

Comment by lemonelephant on January 24, 2018 at 3:16am

Josephine, if you have not received a call by now saying that there is a problem, then he is on track to have PIR on Friday. There are still divisions in this week's TG who will be completing BST soon. Is there someone else he would have called since DIV 072 is one of the first two divisions in the TG and should have already had BST? If you have not received a call of any kind, then he is still on track for PIR. There have been some recruits and even a whole division at least once that did not make the "I'm a Sailor!" calls. See the info above.

Comment by Josephine on January 23, 2018 at 8:03pm

Our son is in Ship 6 Div 72 and due to PIR this Friday, will we for sure recieve a phone call from him ?

Comment by lemonelephant on November 9, 2017 at 10:12pm
Melissa, hopefully it will make more sense by the end of BC when you need it most.
Comment by Melissa on November 9, 2017 at 11:26am
Some of this made sense to me. My daughter arrived T boot camp 11:33pn last night.
Comment by lemonelephant on August 2, 2017 at 3:12am

Navmom, you are very welcome.

Comment by Navmom on August 1, 2017 at 3:07pm

Thank you.

Comment by lemonelephant on July 18, 2017 at 10:57pm

You are very welcome.

Comment by NickSydmom on July 18, 2017 at 10:34pm
Thank you
Comment by lemonelephant on July 14, 2017 at 1:36am

You are very welcome. I am glad to help.

Comment by Tffytat on July 14, 2017 at 1:33am

Thank you so much for this information!

Comment by Pooter527 on July 11, 2017 at 1:51pm
Thank you
Comment by lemonelephant on June 28, 2017 at 11:05am
You are very welcome and thank you for the kind words.
Comment by proudnavymom on June 28, 2017 at 8:29am

You are a God send!

Thank you for this information!

Comment by lemonelephant on June 19, 2017 at 10:52pm

You are all very welcome. I am glad to help.

Comment by luckywoo on June 19, 2017 at 10:37pm

Thank you for providing this information.  It has been my guide and comfort through the whole process, as I am sure it has for many others!

Comment by Lea (SHIP 11 DIV 242) on June 19, 2017 at 10:26pm
I truly appreciate your attention to detail and thoroughness, lemonelephant. I have read every avenue of info that you have sent my way. I want to be well informed. The information you pass along is invaluable.
Comment by Anna on June 11, 2017 at 8:23am

Thanks lemonelephant for all this information. Although my son is in boot camp for only less than 2 weeks, this information gives me some insight to a timeline. It really helps and I appreciate how you make sure us moms are informed as much as we can be.

Comment by Toni on April 27, 2017 at 9:16am

Thank you lemonelephant! Very detailed and helpful information.

Comment by lemonelephant on January 16, 2017 at 2:01am

Bekele, you are very welcome.

Comment by Bekele on January 16, 2017 at 1:34am
Thank you Lemonelephant! Great infotmation!

© 2018   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service