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of operation, over 150,000 recruits received training
Late in 1952 projects were approved to convert
some recruit barracks into classrooms and to extend
training facilities by construction of a permanent
recruit camp on the undeveloped Training Center
land lying to the south and east of the estuary. The
six converted barracks went in to service as recruit
classrooms in April, 1953, and construction work on
the new carnp should reach completion in l954g
With the completion of this project the Naval Train-
ing Center will have filled out to its present boun-
daries of 435 acres.
In the furtherance of its mission of supplying
trained naval personnel to the fleets and ships of the
United States Navy, each of the three subordinate
commands of the Naval Training Center have im-
portant roles to fill.
The Administrative Command has the responsi-
bility of conducting most of the Center's adminis-
trative business and furnishing a wide range of
services necessary to the daily life of the large com-
munity which the Center has become. The Admin-
istrativc Command has the responsibility of main-
taining the Center's buildings and grounds, and
through its facilities all personnel on the Center are
housed, fed, clothed and paid, and receive their
medical and dental care. The Administrative Com-
mand also provides such other community services
as recreational and Navy Exchange facilities, com-
munications, postal and transportation services, and
police and fire protection.
Under the Service School Command are grouped
more than twenty Navy Schools in which recruits
as well as men from the fleet receive training in
the specialized duties of certain ratings. Most of
these are Class "AH schools, where non-rated men
learn the skills and information necessary to them
to perform a specific petty ofhcer rating. Among
these schools are those which train fire control tech-
nicians, electricians mates, radiomen, yeomen, com-
missarymen and stewards. Other schools teach spe-
cialized skills such as motion picture operation, tele-
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anchorages in San Diego Bay were deepened and
130 acres of filled land were added to the eastern
boundaries of the station. By 1941 Camp Luce had
been completed, and the construction of Camps
Mahan, Decatur, and Farragut was already well
under way when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
Virtually all this construction work was completed
by September, 1942, when the capacity of the station
had reached its wartime peak of 33,000 men, 25,000
of whom were recruits. The period of recruit train-
ing during World War II varied between three weeks
and seven weeks.
In April, 1944, the Secretary of the Navy changed
the status of the Training Station to that of a group
command and redesignated it the U. S. Naval Train-
ing Center, San Diego. Under the Center Com-
mander were established three subordinate com-
mands: The Recruit Training Command, The
Service School Command and the Administrative
The years immediately following World War II
saw a considerable reduction in population of the
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Training Center despite a post-war expansion of
the Service Schools, and by the end of 1949 the pop-
ulation of the Center had dropped to a twenty-year
low of 5,800 men. Six months later, when the Com-
munists invaded the Republic of Korea, an imme-
diate expansion of all Naval training activities took
place and by September of 1950 the Center was
again operating at nearly full capacity.
During the early months of the Korean conflict it
became apparent that the demand for trained per-
sonnel in the rapidly growing Pacific Fleet would
require further expansion of this training center.
Accordingly, steps were taken by the Navy Depart-
ment to reactivate Camp Elliott, formerly a World
War II Marine Corps training camp which is lo-
cated ten miles north of San Diego on Kearny Mesa.
On 15 January 1951 Camp Elliott was placed in
commission as Elliott Annex of the Naval Training
Center for the purpose of conducting the primary
phases of recruit training. In March, 1953, in line
with the planned reduction in size of the Navy,
training at Elliott Annex was discontinued and it was
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type maintenance and stenography. The present
capacity of the Service Schools is about 5,000 men.
The largest of the three commands at the Train-
ing Center is the Recruit Training Command. Here
the recruit undergoes his transition from civilian to
military life, learns the history, traditions, customs
and regulations of his chosen service, and receives
instruction in naval skills and subjects which will
be basic information throughout his period of naval
Most of the facilities of the Recruit Training
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Command are centered on Bainbridge Court and
occupy the southern half of the Training Center.
Here are concentrated the barracks and headquar-
ters of each of the three recruit regiments, and
nearby are located the mess halls, classrooms, athletic
Fields and recreation buildings used by the recruits.
When completed, the new camp will add a fourth
regimental area to the Recruit Training Command.
Now entering its thirty-Hrst year of service to the
Navy, the Naval Training Center, San Diego faces
with confidence the challenges of an unsettled world.
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