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Naval Training Center has important roles to fill.
The Administrative Command has the responsibility of
conducting most of the Center's administrative business
and furnishing a wide range of services necessary to the
daily life of the large community which the Center has be-
come.The Administrative Command has the responsibility
of maintaining 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 Command also pro-
vides such other community services as recreational and
Navy Exchange facilities: communications, postal and
transportation servicesg 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 "A" schools,
where non-rated men learn the skills and information
necessary to them to perform a specific petty officer rat-
ing. Among these schools are those which train fire control
technicians, electricians mates, radiomen, yeomen, com-
missarymen and stewards. Other schools teach specialized
skills such as motion picture operation, teletype mainte-
nance and stenography. The present capacity of the Serv-
ice Schools is about 5,000 men.
Now in its Fiftieth 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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the rapidly growing Pacific Fleet would require further
expansion of this training center. Accordingly steps were
taken by the Navy Department to reactivate Camp Elliott,
formerly a World War II Marine Corps training camp
which is located ten miles north of San Diego on Kearny
Mesa. On l5 January l95l Camp Elliott was placed in
commission as Elliott Annex of the Naval Training Cen-
ter forthe purpose of conducting the primary phases of re-
cruit training. In March, l953, in line with the planned re-
duction in size of the Navy, training at Elliott Annex was
discontinued and it was placed in an inactive status. Dur-
ing its two years of operation, over l50,000 recruits re-
ceived training there.
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
into service as recruit classrooms in April, l953, and con-
struction work onthe new camp was completed in l955.
In late I964 a new school to train recruits in the vital
function of fire-fighting was opened at Carroll Canyon,
some 15 miles north east of San Diego. With the com-
pletion ofthis project the Naval Training Center filled out
to its present boundaries of 535 acres.
In late I965, the demand for trained Navy men to man
the additional 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 time, a military construction program got under-
way with the foundation of a new 8,000-man mess hall
being laid adjacent to Bainbridge Court. ln addition, an
ambitious five-year program was formalized for the con-
struction of modern barracks, TV classrooms and ad-
ministration facilities. The face lifting of the Recruit
Training Command is expected to be completed by the
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
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CAPTAIN A. G. FRANCH
Commander U.S. Naval Training Center
San Diego, Caly'0rnia
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