This is the final test for your recruits. When they pass this, they are sailors and trade in their recruit cap for their sailor cap in a capping ceremony afterwards. The ship they do this on was designed by Disney, so it is very realistic. During the 12 hour overnight drill, they encounter every situation that they might face when deployed on a ship. It is a night of adrenaline and focus.
Up to 4 divisions can go at once, but sometimes only 2 or 3 go. Brother divisions go together. 800 and 900 divisions go randomly. They start with the lowest numbered divisions and move up. They can start on the Thursday night, a week before PIR. They skip Fri and Sat nights because of Captains Cup on Saturday (athletic competition between divisions...fun for them!). They can resume BattleStations Sun-Wed nights during PIR week. Something a Chief said about Battlestations:
150-300 SRs go at a time, 3-10 of them will fail and have to repeat it, the most important thing is TEAMWORK. If the SRs keep their mouths shut, listen, and work as a team, they should pass.
The brother divisions in this PIR group are:
63+64, 65+66, 67+68, 69+70, 71+72, 73+74
"I'm a Sailor" phone calls will start to come in the day they finish, usually starting around 2 pm GL time and going into the evening. They may need to complete PIR practice first so be patient. Some may have watch and won't call until the next day.
When you get a BattleStations date from your recruit, post it here and I will add it to the schedule.
*****BattleStations Schedule******(they start late at night and continue through the next morning which is why there are 2 dates posted)
Thurs, Feb 3rd/Fri, Feb 4th Div 63, 64, 65, 66 (moved back a day due to blizzard)
Sun, Feb 6th/Mon, Feb 7th Div 67, 68, 804 (moved back from Thurs due to blizzard)
Mon, Feb 7th/Tues Feb 8th Div 69, 70, 912
Tues, Feb 8th/Wed Feb. 9th Div 71, 72, 73, 74
Wow! You are catching on quickly to these crazy BattleStations schedules. You may be right! And, yes, they do sometimes go on Wed nights, which as you said, is cutting it close...but in some groups, they have to. Then the poor families get the I'm a Sailor call while in transit to Great Lakes...and some miss it if on a flight. And, yes, sometimes the 900 groups go alone, but most of the time, they don't. So time will tell! I have a feeling that one of your proposed schedules is correct! We shall see!
No news on 71 and 72 yet, larrysmom, but please post if you hear anything. They will be going together for sure as brother divisions. I will add to the schedule when we have a date. It could be Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday for them.