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900's division sailors

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900 Division Duties

Here is a description of the 900's Division duties written by a former Sailor:


900 divisions are performing divisions. There are 3 types of 900 divisions which will be explained in depth a little further down; staff, state flags, and triple threat. 900's PT less and have much less slack for people who can't pass their PFA or their swim qual, not because we're assholes, but because our "free time" is spent at the drill hall.

Staff divisions, which are all male, run graduation. Their division provides the reviewing commander, master-at-arms, and adjutant for the graduation ceremony. Basically those are the guys that stand right in front of where the CO is sitting and issue commands to the divisions, etc. Their division also has an honor guard that gets inspected by the reviewing officer and/or commanding officer (not 100% sure on who performs the inspection lol). Other than that, they have door openers, bell strikers, bodysnatchers, etc. They go off of very specific cues that help graduation run smoothly.

Next is state flags, which is an integrated division. Obviously they carry state flags, along with U.S. territory flags, and they're kind of like one giant color guard. Their division also provides the actual 5-man color guard (2 rifles, U.S. flag, Navy flag, POW flag) and the drum line.

Last, but not least, is triple threat, which is also an integrated division. They have a band, a choir, an armed exhibition drill team, and non-performers if you don't make the cut or get cut from one of those three. Not sure if all MUs have to be in a triple threat, but I know if you are an MU in a triple threat division you will be performing a solo while the band is playing. The Navy band plays at the beginning of graduation and provides the music you hear in the drill tape during the ceremony, but the triple threat band plays a few songs by themselves and with the choir. I wasn't in band, but I heard the music was prettyyy easy. As for the choir, most of our non-performers came from not making the cut for choir. If you've never done armed exhibition and only have experience in band color guard or armed regulation, you can still do triple threat drill team. For the band people, the rifles are a lot heavier, but you'll get used to it pretty quickly. For armed reg. people, most drill teams do simple, clean moves and save the cool fancy spinning for the RPCO or ARCPO, so as put in the work you're fine.


If you're interested in being in one of these divisions, be aware that only one 900 division is formed per week, but not all week. For example, I arrived on a Tuesday which happened to be the first day they were screening for triple threat. We got a majority of our division strength on Wednesday, with a few stragglers on Thursday. We're housed in ship 02, the USS Reuben James, which is the closest ship to pretty much everything. Only 900 divisions live in ship 02, and when you first get there you'll be sharing a compartment with a senior division that's about to graduate.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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Comment by Tammy_Girl on May 22, 2020 at 5:38pm

Catherine, sorry I'm late in responding.  

To my knowledge, recruits are selected for a Division 900.  Our son was never in the band or JROTC.  I'm wondering if our son was picked because of his "can do" attitude and also being physically fit and always hitting his performance tests.  I think being in a 900 Division is an honor.  But really all divisions are awesome in my book.

How's everything else for your recruit?

Comment by Maestra on May 12, 2020 at 11:31pm

My son was in a 900 without a PIR. He said once the change happened they were just like any other division but with holes in their schedule. However, I was thrilled that he was chosen / chose to be part of it. (He was in the choir.) That part won't be taken away.

Comment by Catherine on May 12, 2020 at 8:28pm

Thanks for the info. Good to know.

However, I just realized that with this Covid situation, PIR may still not even have audiences/guests when he graduates in the early Fall, so it might be a moot point. 

Comment by ShawnMom on May 12, 2020 at 8:15pm
My sailor was in a 900 division in the days when PIRs with live audiences were held. It was explained to me that it is considered an honor to be asked to participate as they typically choose recruits with higher ASVAB scores since they figure they can handle the extra work load and still do well with the academics. My recruit was chosen because she played an instrument but It was not a requirement. She mentioned another recruit in her 900 division that did ask to change back to a regular division and was allowed to do so. For me personally, it was an advantage because I was able to see her perform in the two PIRs prior to her own so I got my eyes on her sooner. Always a plus from the mom perspective.
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on May 12, 2020 at 6:58pm

Catherine - my son was in the 900 division back in 2012.  He said he was "voluntold" lol.  He's tall -  6'4" and he got picked to be a "body snatcher" because of his size.  His job was to walk around at PIR and "catch" any sailor that looks like they might pass out while in formation.  It is extra work - they will work the 2 PIR's previous to theirs (although right now there aren't any live PIR's so I'm not sure what's happening).  When they were livestreaming the PIR's you might have had a chance to see them at the previous PIR's, but again, that's not happening right now.

The Division Duties are explained up above so there are different things they could be doing.

The pros are it gives them something else to do!

The cons are it gives them something else to do!

I believe my son missed one of his division phone calls home because he was "practicing" with another PIR but they allowed him a call separate from his group.  It all worked out!

Comment by Catherine on May 12, 2020 at 6:13pm

Thanks Tammy.

I am still a bit confused as to pros and cons of being in a 900 Division.  Are recruits selected for this or do they volunteer?  Sounds like maybe they ask recruits if they have experience in marching drills, band or JROTC and then put them in 900?  And then they spent some of their free time practicing for the PIR ceremony?  Would it be better for a recruit to just be in a regular division?

Comment by Tammy_Girl on May 12, 2020 at 3:33pm

Catherine, our son was in a 900 division.  We got to see him up-close as we sat in the front row.  He was not in the band.  Congrats to your sailor.

Comment by Catherine on May 12, 2020 at 11:30am

Does the band have clarinets?

Pros and cons of being in 900 division?

Comment by Samantha on April 6, 2020 at 6:41pm

My SR is 924.  Good Luck on BST

Comment by Krissy on April 6, 2020 at 3:23pm

Received a call from my SR in 921(not scheduled, but for help choosing a job). This may only apply to 921: BST is now xxxxxxx. PIR is this Friday 4/10. 

 

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