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
I have video of 070 at the graduation on february 11, 2011...I tried to get shots of all the guys:
I saw this elsewhere and thought is was good info to share.
The lighting of a blue candle is a tradition with several different stories. The candle is lit for Sailors separated from their families during the holidays, for Sailors in danger far away, or to light a Sailor’s way home. It’s also popularly used as a way to mark the time recruits complete the most arduous part of their training - Battle Stations - in a sense to bring them “home” to complete boot camp and become Sailors.
Burn your candles responsibly. If you are going to leave them unattended or burning throughout the night, ensure they are not going to burn your home down. Someone suggested setting them in a metal pan on top of your stove or even in your bath tub. You want the hot wax to be contained and you want the candle stable so it won't fall over, or get knocked over by accident. In the event it falls over, you want precautions in place to prevent a fire. Remember that most household candles are not meant to be burned for 12-24 hours straight so please spend the extra money on a good one.
Well I hope it's not bad luck!! I have to travel and stay in a hotel room the night of my SRs Battle Stations, and I am sure candle burning is a big no no!