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During the early months of the Korean conflict it became apparent
that the demand for trained personnel in the rapidly growing Pacific
Fleet would require further expansion of this training center. Accord-
ingly steps were taken by the Navy Department to reactivate Camp
Elliott, formerly a World War 11 Marine Corps training camp which
is located 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 Txrairtin'g 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 placed in an inactive status. During its
two years of operation, over 150,000 recruits received training there.
Late in 1952 projects were approved to convert some recruit
barracks into classrooms and to extend training facilities by con-
struction 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 into service as recruit classrooms in April,
1953, and construction work on the new camp was completed in 1955.
In late 1964 a new school to train recruits in the vital function of
firefighting was opened at Carroll Canyon, some 15 miles north east
of San Diego. With the completion of this project the Naval Training
Center filled out to its present boundaries of 535 acres.
In late 1965, the demand for trained Navy men to man the addi-
tional ships and overseas billets, required to meet the Vietnam crisis,
brought the on-board population to a record of over 18,000 recruits,
the highest since Korea. At the same time7 a military construction
program got underway with the foundation of a new 8,000-man mess
hall being laid adjacent to Bainbridge Court. In addition, an ambi-
tious five-year program was formalized for the construction of
modern barracks, TV classrooms and administration facilities. The
face lifting of the Recruit Training Command is expected to be
completed by the early 1970s.
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 has
important roles to fill.
The Administrative Command has the responsibility of conducting
most of the Centers administrative business and furnishing a wide
range of services necessary to the daily life of the large community
which the Center has become. The Administrative Command has
the responsibility of maintaining the Centeris buildings and grounds,
and through its facilities all personnel on the Center are housed,
fed, clothed and paid7 and receive their medical and dental care.
The Administrative Command also provides such other community
services as recreational and Navy Exchange facilities; com-
munications, postal and transportation services; and police and
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 9A19 schools, where non-rated men learn the skills
and information necessary to them to perform a specific petty
oHicer rating. Among these schools are those which train fire con-
trol technicians, electricians mates, radiomen, yeomen, commissary-
men and stewards. Other schools teach specialized skills such as
motion picture operation, teletype maintenance and stenography.
The present capacity of the Service Schools is about 5,000 men.
The largest of the three commands at the Training Center is the
Recruit Training Command. Here the recruit undergoes his transi-
tion from civilian to military life; learns the history, traditions,
customs and regulations of his chosen service; and receives instruc-
tion in naval skill and subjects which will be basic information
throughout his period of naval service.
Most of the facilities of the Recruit Training Command are
centered on Bainbridge Court and occupy the western half of the
Training Center. Here are concentrated the barracks and head-
quarters of the recruit brigade, and nearby are located the mess
hall, classrooms, athletic fields and recreation buildings used by
Now in its forty seventh year of service to the Navy, the Naval
Training Center, San Diego, faces with confidence the chal-
lenges of an unsettled world,
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CONIMANDER JOHN NI. FERRAXTE, U.S.N.
Recruit Training Command
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