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RECRUIT TRAINING CGMMAN
The largest of the three commands at the Training
Center is the Recruit Training Command. Here the re-
cruit undergoes his transition from civilian to military
lifeg learns the history, traditions, customs and regula-
tions of his chosen service, and receives instruction in
naval skill and subjects which will be basic information
throughout his period of naval service.
Most of the facilities of the Recruit Training Com-
mand are centered on Bainbridge Court and occupy the
western half of the Training Center. Here are concen-
trated the barracks and headquarters of the recruit bri-
gade, and nearby are located the mess hall, classrooms,
athletic fields and recreation buildings used by the re-
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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 ll 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 ofthe Naval Training Center
for the purpose of conducting the primary phases of re-
cruit training. ln 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 construction of a permanent recruit camp on
the undeveloped Training Center land lying to the south
and east ofthe estuary. The six converted barracks went
into service as recruit classrooms in April, 1953, and con-
struction work on the new camp was completed in 1955.
ln late 1965, 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
rcord 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 admin-
istration facilities. The face lifting of the Recruit Com-
mand was completed by the early 1970's.
ln 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 ofthe Center's 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 responsi-
bility 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 recreational and
Navy Exchange facilities, communications, 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 "A" schools,
where non-rated men learn the skills and information nec-
essary to them to perform a specific petty officer rating.
Among these schools are those which train electricians
mates, radiomen. Other schools teach specialized skills
such as teletype maintenance and stenography. The pre-
sent capacity of the Service Schools is about 5,000 men.
Now in its Fifth decade of service to the Navy, the
Naval Training Center, San Diego, faces with confidence
the challenges of an unsettled world.
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