US Naval Training Center - Compass Yearbook (Bainbridge, MD)
- Class of 1954
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OMPASS is an instrument which in-
dicates geographical directions by
means of a compass card. A compass
rose, furthermore, is a diagram of a com-
pass card reproduced on a chart to assist
the navigator in laying out true courses
For centuries men who have sailed
their ships to the far corners of the earth
have depended upon tl1e compass to
guide them safely to their ultimate des-
Recruit training may be compared to
a compass in that it, too, is an instrument
of direction but in the field of indoc-
trination. The compass rose of intensive
training in the basic fundamentals of the
naval service is so designed as to assist
the recruit, during his transition from
civilian to naval life, in laying out true
courses of endeavor and directions of
Upon the completion of his basic
training the new bluejacket possesses a
compass card of invaluable knowledge
which will guide him, throughout his
naval career, along a predetermined
course and in the direction of his ulti-
mate goal-that of being of real service
to his Navy and his Nation, and a credit
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
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T0 THE PARENTS OF THE GRADUATES OF RECRUIT TRAINING
Successful completion of recruit training is the
first major accomplishment in every Navy man's career.
His ability to adapt himself
the Navy's high standards of
not only to himself but also
others in his home community
become a fine young American
Our Navy cannot achieve
of the nation's defense team
to Navy life and to meet
performance is a credit
to his family and those
who have helped him to
its mission as a member
without the services of
many thousands of young Americans who are willing to
work hard and long to ensure that this country will
be able to defend her precious freedom if the test
Whether your son decides to make the Navy his
career, or prefers to return
to civilian life upon
completion of his present enlistment, he will need
the encouragement and understanding of you at home
in order to do his Navy job successfully.
For our part, those of us in positions of leader-
ship in the Navy pledge our constant loyalty to him
and concern for his best interests.
Working together, we can keep our Navy the world's
best and a great protector of freedom throughout the
CHARLES S. THOMAS
Secretary of the Navy
Launching the USS Nautllus ISSN 5711 the Navy s first atomic powered ship. Cgrgqirg returning to the USS Boxer lCV'2ll after a combat mission
over North Korea.
The Navy and Sea Power
ARLY in the seventeenth century Sir
Walter Raleigh observed that "Who-
soever commands the sea, commands the
trade, whosoever commands the trade of the
world, commands the riches of the world
and, consequently, the world itself."
That principle is as true today as it was
centuries ago. Nothing of major import has
occurred, not even the advent of the mod-
ern aircraft, to lessen the importance of
sea power and sea trade to our national
defense and prosperity.
The day hasnot been reached, nor ever
will be reached, when control of the seas
of the world can be exercised solely by
shore-based aviation, guided missiles, and
the atom bomb. Control of the sea can be
exercised effectively only by forces which
travel the sea and can remain at sea for
long periods of time.
Sea forces and sea-based air forces-in
other words, sea power-furnishes the
only effective control of the sea. Sea power
has a mobility which land power can never
have. Whatever the weapons used, aircraft
carriers fhighly mobile air fieldsl can be
moved at high speed to the most favorable
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points for attack on enemy targets. What-
ever the weapons used, large ground forces
can be transported rapidly by naval means
to selected coastal points and landed
against opposition. The mere threat of such
attacks at unpredictable points would im-
mobilize large enemy forces held in reserve
to meet them, thus forcing the enemy to
effect a wide dispersion. Dominant sea
power, therefore, in the hands of the
United States and its Allies, would deny
to an enemy the ability to attack us from
the sea while conferring on us the ability
to launch a seaborne attack at any selected
point or time.
The continued vital importance of sea
power is clearly evident. Vlfhen the oceans
of the world are no longer required for the
transport of men and goods, then and only
then can the United States afford to dis-
pense with a Navy.
The Navy's Offensive Power
Fulfilling an historic role fthe United
States Navy today, as in the past, maintains
a vigilant guard over the fre om of the
seas. Naval power, as exhibite throughout
the struggles of World War Il and as used
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in the United Nations' efforts in the Far
East, is an indispensable part of modern
defense upon which the security of our
country ultimately rests. On the sea, under
the sea, in the air above the sea, and in
land operations wherefnaval forces includ-
ing the Marine Corps are committed, the
Navy stands ready tolmeet any aggressive
challenge whenever and wherever offered.
The modern fleet includes many task
forces built around the present capital ship-
of-the-line, the aircraft carrier. Fast carrier
task forces composed of carriers, battle-
ships, cruisers, destroyers and other com-
batant vessels, are the principal elements of
todayis offensive naval strength and, as
such, comprise the Navy's main striking
force. The Navy is no longer shackled by
the historic barriers of the shoreline, nor
by the range of its shipborne guns, but can
strike blows deep in enemy territory, and
can deliver at the target the atom bomb,
when and if needed. Fast carrier task forces
are able, without resorting to diplomatic
channels, to establish offshore anywhere in
the world airfields completely equipped
with machine shops, ammunition dumps,
tank farms, warehouses, together with quar-
Assaultwave ioining up for a beach operation.
ters and all types of accommodations for
operating personnel. Such task forces are
virtually as complete as any air base ever
established ashore. They constitute the only
air bases which can be made available at
the enemy's frontier without assault and
Amphibious Assault and Naval
Whenever and wherever assault and con-
quest is deemed necessary, the accomplish-
ment of an amphibious assault until a stable
beachhead has been established is solely
the responsibility of the Navy. The am-
phibious task forces are composed of all
types of ships, naval aircraft, under-water
demolition teams, reconnaissance facilities,
and the specialized troops-the Marine
Corps. Before, during, and after an initial
assault naval guns and rocket launchers, in
close coordination with naval aircraft, are
able to devastatingly bombard enemy
troops and installations, and lend close
strategical and tactical support to our own
ground forces in their advance to a desired
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letting loose with the 8-inch guns of
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landing craft for the infantry in action.
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Submarine and Anti-Submarine
The Navy's submarine forces, with a his-
tory of outstanding performance in World
War II, are ready to assume again their
vital tasks of offense or defense in any
mission assigned. And, as a defensive
measure, the Navy's "Hunter-Killer" task
units, composed of escort carriers, blimps,
and destroyers equipped with newly devel-
oped electronic devices, are training to-
gether as a team to track down and destroy
any undersea craft of an aggressor nation.
In addition to its function of denying the
use of the sea to an enemy, the Navy now
has the responsibility of lifting cargo by
sea for the supply of all the armed services
abroad. This problem seems to become
more enormous and complex with each war.
The Far Eastern operations are no excep-
tion as shown by the fact that the cargo
discharged in that area has averaged more
than sixty pounds per man per day. This
is well above the World War II average of
forty-four pounds per man per day in any
theatre of operation. The tremendous and
ever-increasing task of logistical supply to
overseas bases will always remain a naval
Superior Naval Strength
Through all its varied components, the
United States Navy exercises control of the
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seas and the coastal areas bounding them,
All units of the fleet display unrivaled
flexibility and mobility and, together, com.
prise a vast fighting potential-inimical to
the interests of aggressive-minded nations
-and a powerful safeguard of freedom.
In measuring our own capabilities against
a potential enemy, due appreciation must
be taken of the factors of relative strength
and weakness. We may, for example, find
ourselves comparatively weak in manpower.
We know happily that we are superior in
naval strength, which includes the strength
of naval aviation.
lt is axiomatic that in preparing for any
contest, it is wisest to exploit-not neglect
-the elements in which we have superior
strength. We must lead from strength-
not from weakness. We should "Accen-
tuate The Positive."
Thus it is that a policy which provides
for balanced development and coordinated
use of -strong naval forces must be fostered
if we are, within the foreseeable future, to
meet the challenge of arms of the forces
which seem to oppose us.
Trained Naval Personnel
The Navy's fighting ships and aircraft
represent the results of America's most ad-
vanced scientific research and develop-
ment. They are precision products of Amer-
ican ingenuity and industry. But scientific
research, improved equipment, and new
naval construction alone will not insure that
the Navy can maintain its present world
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leadership. The need for highly trained
and qualified personnel to man the ships
and aircraft is now greater than ever.
To meet this need, the Navy is constantly
revising and improving its many and varied
training programs and facilities in order to
keep pace with modern educational and
technical advancements, and thus provide
the highly trained and qualified personnel
required to maintain. and operate f'The
greatest Navy the world has ever known."
The New Concept of Recruit
The recruit of today differs somewhat
from his World War ll counterpart. Today
most of the men in recruit training are un-
der twenty years of age. These men are
young and impressionable, many of them
are entering the Navy with definite intent
to make the Navy their career. It is of im-
portance to the Navy that these men get
the best possible start in their new venture.
The transition from civilian to military life
must be smooth, indoctrination in the cus-
toms, traditions, and regulations of the
service must be thorough, basic Navy
knowledges and skills must be developed,
pride in and love for the Navy must be
carefully cultivated. Especially in time of
peace must there be an increase in the
emphasis placed on the mental, moral and
social development of the individual. He
must be led to a desire for self-improve-
ment and advancement, a realization of his
status in and importance to the Navy-a
sense of belonging, and understanding of
his placelin a democracy as a sailor and a
citizen-a fuller appreciation of the Ameri-
can way of life, the adoption, for himself,
of high standards of responsibility, military
performance and conduct.
The Navyis stake in this enterprise is
tremendous. From these men will come the
petty officers, the warrant officers, and
some of the officers of the Navy of the
future. That Navy can be no better than
its men. The goals set forth above are
stated in terms of ideals, hence can never
be fully realized. But it is in recruit training
that progress toward these goals must be-
gin. And continued progress, wherever
these men may be throughout the Navy,
will ultimately produce the strong, effective
manpower required for the most powerful
Navy in the world.
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ort, USS Yancey CAKA-931 at San Diego. Truck being loaded onto
Loading a transport ship.
Unloading ships in a tar-eastern port.
a USS LST-Q0-74 on Green Beach at Iwon, Korea
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CAPTAIN HAMILTON WILCOX HOWE,
U.S.N., relieved Captain Clifford Ashton
Fines, U.S.N., on 30 June, 1954, and became
the third commander of the Naval Training
Center since its reactivation in February of
Captain Howe was graduated from the
Naval Academy in 1926 and prior to assum-
ing his present duties, was the Commanding
Officer, Administrative Command, Bain-
His sea cruises have included duty in bat-
tleships, carriers, destroyers, and destroyer
escorts. His first destroyer was the USS
During World Wvar II he received the Navy
Cross for distinguished service as Command-
ing Officer of the USS ROPER in its destruc-
tion of a German U-boat. Later, Bronze Star
Medals were presented to him for his part in
wartime Atlantic convoy, and training ship
operations. He was further commended for
his participation in the assault on Sicily. The
war's end saw him in command of the Naval
Training Center, Miami, Florida.
After the war his assignments included
command of the attack transport USS APP-
LING5 duty on the staff of the Naval War Col-
lege, and command of Escort Destroyer
Squadron Two and Destroyer Squadron
Twenty-two. He was Assistant Chief of Staff
for Administration on the staff of the Com-
mander-in-Chief U. S. Atlantic Fleet, prior to
reporting to Bainbridge.
In addition to the Navy Cross and Bronze
Star Medals, his decorations include the Com-
mendation Medal Pendant and the Special
Breast Order of the Cloud and Banner of
China. Campaign medals are Yangtze Service,
American Defense Service, American Area,
European - African - Middle Eastern Area,
World War II Victory, and National Defense
CAPTAIN ROYAL A. WOLVERTON, USN, as-
sumed duties as Commanding Officer, Admin.
istrative Command and Assistant Center Com-
mander, on 30 June 1954. Prior to reporting to
the Center, he attended the Naval War College,
Newport, R. I., for the senior course in Strategy
After graduation from the Naval Academy in
1930, he spent seven C7j years at sea, serving
aboard the aircraft carrier, USS SARATOGA,
minelayer, USS BREESE, oiler, USS NECHES, and
the USS CONCORD, a light cruiser of the Battle
Force. After a shore duty tour at the Puget Sound
Navy Yard, Washington, he took part in commis-
sioning and served as Gunnery Officer aboard the
USS WILSON, a new destroyer.
During World War II, Captain Wolverton took
part in the commissioning and served as Executive
Officer of the destroyer, USS RODMAN, which en-
gaged in convoy escort assignments in the Atlantic
and northern waters. In September, 1942, he as-
sumed command of the USS BADGER, and con-
tinued with convoy duties and Hunter-Killer ac-
tivities in the Atlantic. In February, 1944, he took
command of the destroyer, USS MURPHY, and
participated in the Normandy Landing, Bombard-
ment of Cberbourg and Landings in Southern
Commencing early in 1945, he served in the
Bureau of Naval Personnel and in September,
1946, he was assigned the command of Destroyer
Division 122. During the period of November,
1947, to July, 1949, Captain Wolverton was com-
manding Ofiicer of the USS MAURY, and Hydro-
graphic Survey Group One, which conducted
charting operations in Persian Gulf Waters. He
served as Recorder of the Pacific Coast Section of
the Board of Inspection and Survey, San Francis-
co from August 1949 to February 1952, when he
took command of the USS SEMINOLE CAKA-104D
for seventeen C17j months duty with the Amphi-
bious Force, Pacific Fleet, including service in .Ia-
pan and Korea.
In addition to the many service and campaign
medals awarded him, Captain Wolverton's decora-
tions include, the Silver Star Medal, the French
Croix de Cuerre with Silver Star, and a Letter of
Commendation with Ribbon.
C APTAIN WILLIAM JACKSON CATLETT,
JR., U.S.N., Commanding Oiiicer of the
Recruit Training Command since November
1953, was graduated an Ensign from the U. S.
Naval Academy in 1932. Following a tour of
duty aboard the USS COLORADO, he re-
ported to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola,
Florida, in 1935 for flight training.
Following further duty at sea, in the USS
VEGA and USS HENLEY, he returned to Pen-
sacola as a Navigational instructor in both
flight and ground training of pilots.
His war service included duty aboard the
USS PEARY. He was commended for aiding
in the PEARY's successful escape from a
three-hour bombing and torpedo attack by
Japanese planes in December 194-1, enroute
A tour of duty in the Chief of Naval Op-
erations Office in Washington included Navi-
gation, research and development duties in
the Office of the Director of Aviation Train-
ing. He was a founder member of the Insti-
tute of Navigation, and is a member of the
Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, and Arctic
Institute. Following staff duty at the General
Line School, Newport, R. I., and tour of sea
duty in the USS OKALOOSA, he served as
Chief of Training for the Military Air Trans-
His assignment prior to reporting to Bain-
bridge was Commanding Ofiicer of the USS
DIPHDA. Thus he has served in training of
Pilots, Navigators and Flight personnel for 8
years, the training of oflicers and enlisted
men on board ship and ashore 14- years. He
was designated a Naval Aviation Observer
fNavigationJ in 1945.
He holds the Commendation Medal Pend-
ant, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-
Pacific Area Campaign Medal, American Area
Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Med'
al, National Defense Service Medal, Korean
Service Medal, and the United Nations Serv-
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COMMANDER NELSON C. BLIVEN, U.S.N., as-
sumed the duties of Executive Officer, Recruit
Training Command on 4 May 1953. Previous to
reporting he had reactivated, recommissioned and
served as Commanding Officer of the USS SMAL-
LEY CDD565j, a FLETCHER Class destroyer.
After graduation from the Massachusetts Nau-
tical School, Boston, Massachusetts, in April 1940
with a Third Mate's License, having served two
years as a cadet on board the schoolship "NAN-
TUCKET," a three-masted squarerigged sailing
vessel, Commander Bliven was commissioned an
Ensign, Merchant Marine Reserve. Upon comple-
tion of a tour of duty as Cadet Ofiicer Instructor
for the U. S. Maritime Commission at .Admiral
Billard Academy, New London, Connecticut, he
volunteered for Active Naval Service in October
During World War II he served in various ca-
pacities afloat in the seaplane tender USS ALBE-
MARLE, the transport USS FLORENCE NIGHT-
INGALE and as Executive Officer of the transport
USS STORM KING. While serving with the Am-
phibious Forces, Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, he
participated in the invasions of French Morroco,
Sicily, Saipan, Palau, Leyte, Luzon and Iwo Jima.
Post war assignments have included duties with
the staffs of the General Line School and the Re-
cruit Training Command at Newport. R. I.. and as
Executive Officer of the destroyer USS FORREST
ROYAL. In January 1946 he earned his Chief
Mate's License, and in September 1946 transferred
to the Regular Navy.
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THE Naval Training Center at Bainbridge came into
being when the former President of the United States,
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, approved the site and pur-
chase of land and buildings from the Jacob Tome In-
stitute in early 1942. This property, including build-
ings of the Tome School for boys, was enlarged by the
purchase of adjacent land which brought the total area
of Bainbridge to 1,132 acres. Bainbridge is located on
the northeast bank of the Susquehanna River, 35 miles
northeast of Baltimore and approximately 75 miles
from Washington and Philadelphia. This activity is
under the military command of the Commandant,
FIFTH Naval District, whose headquarters are in Nor-
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President Roosevelt named the Training Center for
Commodore William Bainbridge, commander of the
famous frigate '4Constitution" and founder of the first
naval training school-
The Center was first activated on October 1, 1942,
and ten days later was in operation training recruits.
At the conclusion of hostilities on V-J Day, August 14,
1945, the Recruit Training Command had trained a
total of 244,277 recruits. From August 1945 to June
1947 the training activities of the Center decreased
due to the eventual reduction in the strength of the
Navy. On June 30, 1947, Bainbridge was deactivated
as a Training Center. In the summer of 1950, when
the Korean crisis made it necessary, plans were form-
ulated to reactivate the Center to provide men for the
rapidly expanding fleet and shore bases. On February
1, 1951, Captain Robert Hall Smith, U.S.N., assumed
command of the Center.
The Naval Training Center, under the command of
the Center Commander, consists of four subordinate
activities, each under a Commanding Oflicer. These ac-
tivities are: The U. S. Naval Administrative Command,
the Recruit Training Command, the Service School
Command, and the U. S. NavaliHospital. The Admin-
istrative Command serves as the staff of the Center
Commander in his direction and administration of the
other subordinate commands and performs for him
all the administrative, operational, and logistic func-
tions not specifically assigned to other commands.
These various functions 'includee.security, fire protec-
tion, supply, disbursing, commissary, Navy Exchange.,
personnel, and religious administration, medical and
dental care, maintenance and repair, transportation,
communications and other vital services essential to
the eilicient and eHective operation of a community
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totaling approximately 35,000 persons. A component
activity of the Administrative Command is the Dental
Technicians School the mission of which is to provide
graduated recruits and fleet personnel with the tech-
nical knowledge and training required to develop den-
tal technicians for duty with the fleet and shore based
forces. The Recruit Training Command, the largest of
the four subordinate commands, is responsible for the
administration of the Recruit Basic Training Program
the principles of which are to guide the recruit in the
transition from civilian to military life, to introduce
him to Navy life, naval customs, traditions, discipline
and esprit de corps, and, by intensive training and
schooling, to fit him for naval service. A
The facilities of the Recruit Training Command
consist of four large regiments, each named after naval
heroes-Rodgers, Perry, James and Barney. Each
camp is an entity in itself,--with its own drill hall,
swimming pool, rifle range, mess hall, drill field, class-
rooms, barracks, and recreational facilities-and has
the capacity to berth, mess and train a regiment of
5,000 population. All of the regiments are used to
train regular male recruits, one regiment camp con-
tains special facilities for training male recruits at-
tached to the Recruit Preparatory Training Unit and
for male reserve recruits ordered to active training duty
for a period of two weeks, it also contains the only
WAVE Recruit Training School in the Navy. This
school, previously located at the U. S. Naval Training
Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, was established at Bain-
bridge in October of 1951. V
The Service School Command, the third major ac-
tivity, provides further training for recruits and fleet
personnel in the technical knowledge of ratings re-
quired by the operating forces, and prepares them for
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more advanced education and training in such special
field as gunnery, fire control, radio and other techni-
cal subjects. A component activity of the Service
School Command is the United ,States Naval Academy
Preparatory School which, during the Fall and Winter
month-s prepares enlisted men from all branches of
the Armed Forces for the entrance examination to the
U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. During
the Summer months this School also trains and selects
enlisted men of the Navy and Marine Corps for en-
trance in the following Fall to the Naval Reserve Oili-
cers Training-Corps Program at a college or university
of their own choice. a
The fourth major subordinate activity is the U. S.
Naval Hospital, a separate and detached command.
The Hospital provides medical and surgical facilities
for the proper care of all recruits, students, and per-
manently assigned naval personnel of the Center and
their dependents. Operating in conjunction with the
Hospital is the Hospital Corps School, with about
1,200 students, whose function is to provide the tech-
nical knowledge and training necessary to develop
these young men into Hospital Corpsmen for duty
with the fleet and shore based forces.
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PON his arrival at the Receiving Unit, the new recruit completes the
primary paper work most necessary for the initial administraton of his
training. Here he is given complete medical and dental examinations, inocu-
lations, and a real 6'crew" haircut. He then receives a'full sea bag of Navy
uniforms and accessories, all of which are carefully checked by trained
personnel in order to insure a comfortable fit.
After completing a battery of aptitude and classification tests, he is finally
channeled into a newly-formed company under the command of a Chief
or First Class Petty Officer.
Each company commander-especially selected for his demonstrated lead-
ership abilities, professional qualities, and service experience-stays with
his men from the time the company is formed to the day they graduate and
complete their basic training. Because of his influence on impressionable
recruits his attitude determines the attitude of those under him. It's a 24-
hour-a-day. job for the best petty officers the Navy can muster. To the re-
cruits serving under him, he is a parent, guardian, and teacher-all rolled
Necessary dental work is completed
Nothing is taken for granted Ear examination . .
Blood pressure . . . Blood type . . . .
Insurance for future health Final hear' 'heck
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UTFITTING a recruit in proper unforms that
fit is a carefully planned evolution. Pic-
tures on these pages indicate to some extent,
from measurements to stenciling, how the pro-
cess is accomplished.
The first measurement
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Special qualifications testing
URING the first day of in-processing, a vital
phase of Navy life-that of Classification-
begins. By means of a battery of aptitude and
other tests, followed later by personal inter-
views, each recruit's previous training and edu-
cation, past experience, skills, aptitude, motiva-
tion and personal interests are explored, ana-
lyzed and considered in relation to Navy jobs.
The end result of this classification process is
the eventual assignment of a recruit upon gradu-
ation to a general detail with further on-the-job
training, or to a technical school for training in
specialized fields. Whatever the assignment, the
classification procedure insures that-within the
practical limits of modern personnel selection
techniques-each individual is channeled into a
billet wherein he will be able to contribute his
utmost toward the over-all accomplishment of
the Navyis mission.
Basic Battery testing
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"We of the Armed Forces have a job to do: Our task is to
perfect ourselves in fighting techniques, condition ourselves
to serve and to emulate the valiant Americans of other days.
The achivement of those goals always brings a sense of self-
respect and rightful pride which in themselves constitute a
Admiral Robert B. Carney, U.S.N.
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Instruction in a fundamental military courtesy
HE recruit is first assisted in effecting a
,transition from civilian to Navy life during
his period of Indoctrination. It is an integral
part of this orientation program to instill a sense
of self-respect and pride in achievement. During
the first week of a recruit's training he is told by
his commanding officer: '4We expect you to
grow physically and mentally, but also morally
and spiritually. The opportunity for individual
achievement, you will find, is one of the under-
lying, fundamental Freedoms of American De-
To better his understanding of the govern-
ment and country he has sworn to defend, the
recruit participates in practical citizenship train-
ing. He is alerted to Navy Regulations and rules
of conduct, he begins his study of the Uniform
Code of Military Justice by which all personnel
in the Armed Forces today are guided and pro-
It is here that the recruit becomes acquainted
with the customs, traditions, and courtesies of
the U. S. Navy, their importance is explained
in the Commanding Officeris Welcome Ahoard
Talk: 'fGood manners are an expression of the
golden rule-their observance and application
are a hundred fold more necessary in the Navy
than in civilian lifef'
The new recruit understands that he has
harely skimmed the surface of nautical "know
howii, but realizes that he is beginning to huild
for himself a firm foundation upon which to
base his advancement to a station of respect as
a man who has achieved confidence in himself
through belief in God and country.
Weekly tests keep motivation high
Commanding Oflicer and Executive Otticer welcome new recruits
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The Commanding Oflicer, Executive Oflicer, Department
Heads, and Company Commanders at the Departure Talk
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Ordnance and Gunnery
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little consequence without properly trained and properly
motivated men to use them?
Admiral Robert B. Carney, U.S.N.
ORDNANCE 81 GUNNERY
HE usefulness of a Navy rests primarily
upon the fact that it can use its offensive
and defensive weapons effectively at sea. Inas-
much as most seamen usually become members
of a naval gun crew, it is essential that a recruit
in basic training gain a fundamental knowledge
ofthe weapons and ammunition he is most like-
ly to encounter while serving at sea.
Lectures and classroom instruction are held
and wide use is made of models, mock-ups and
motion picture of naval guns in action. Practical
demonstrations and participation of the recruit
in actual gun and loading drills predominate.
Safety precautions are strongly stressed in every
period of instruction and strictly enforced in all
Each recruit is also taught the nomenclature
and use of various small arms including the
Garand CM-lb rifle, carbine, Thompson sub-
machine gun, Browning automatic rifle, and the
.4-5 caliber automatic pistol. In addition, he ac-
tually fires the .22 caliber rifle marksmanship
course on the small-bore indoor range.
A Gunner's Mate explains the proper pro-
cedure for handling 40mm ammunition.
Team work on a
40mm loading machine
Group instruction in the 5"f38 caliber loading machine
Elplanation of the various code
markings on a 5"f38 proiecfile
Observing safefy precauiions
in loading a cartridge case
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Exacting instruction and rigid observation of safety pre
cautions on the firing range. Practical experience is ob
tained through actual firing of .22 caliber rifles.
Anti-aircraft guns are fully examined and the Importance of proper technlques I5 demonstrated on gun mounts
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The makings of a proiectile are examined closely
0 MATTER what his technical specialty
may be, every Navy man must first be a real
sailor and a competent seaman.
In recruit training, the new Navy man is
taught the rudiments of seamanship and closely
associated subjects. Here he learns umarlinspike
seamanshipw-how to select, use, knot, splice
and care for lines and ropes. He also becomes
acquainted with the nomenclature of a ship-
learning the names and locations of all struc-
tural parts, the compartments, and the many
and varied fittings found aboard a modern naval
As part of his seamanship training, the re-
cruit is made familiar with common deck gear.
ground tackle. mooring procedures, and the
tvpes and uses of various small craft. He prac-
tices elementary signalling, operates battle tele-
phones, and learns the important duties and re-
sponsibilities of a lookout.. . . c
Finally, participation with his shlpmales In
general drills on board a mock ship not only
enables him to put his newly formed skills into
practice as an individual, but also teaches him
the vital necessity of coordinated group action
in routine evolutionsas well as in the event of
A complete familiarization of the interior design of a ship is required
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a life boat
After classroom instruction on scale models, we work with boats, lines, and tqgkle
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Instruction in Marlinspike Seamanship teaches recruits
to tie knots, bend lines, and throw hitches.
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Some classes are held in the field
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HE Navy realizes the tremen-
dous potential of fire, both in
peace and war, and has taken coun-
ter measures by establishing an ef-
fective fire fighting training pro-
gram throughout the service. Ac-
cordingly, an introductory experi-
ence in actual fire fighting is given
to every recruit in basic training.
.First, he is taught the simple
chemistry of fire so that he will un-
derstand theinature of the various
kinds of fire. Then, he is thorough-
ly instructed in the use of each piece
of the highly specialized Navy fire
lighting equipment, and in the bat-
tle-tested methods employed in com-
batting all kinds of fire, both afloat
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niques, and safety precautions he-
together with his shipmates in small
groups and guided by experienced
personnel - actually extinguishes
raging oil and gasoline fires in sim-
ulated shipboard compartments,
various structures, and a mock air-
Included in this area of instruc-
tion is the presentation---of the ele-
ments of gas warfare and radiologi-
cal damage control. Each recruit is
acquainted with factual data con-
cerning the major effects of an
atomic bomb explosion and is
shown how potential damage to
personnel can be greatly reduced by
P"e'i"'i""'Y '9""e"i0"5 Trying out the Navy all-purpose nozzle
Going into a leeward fire
Proper faciics for subduing el blazing Gro
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A very real test Last minute instructions on the field
On board ship, lives are saved
'4The Navy is designed to guarantee freedom of the seas in
peacetime, and control of the seas in wartime. It serves no
other purpose. But inasmuch as seventy percent of the
surface is water, it is a most important purpose ln-
The Honorable Robert B. Anderson
Boxing for exercise and entertainment
Self-defense for practical application or merely sport
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Calisthenics designed to develop muscular coordination
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1 Flotation devices are used to assist
in overcoming fear of water
The newest method of artificial res-
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successfully complete the confidence
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with the structure of a ship in mind
to prepare recruits for life aboard
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t MILITARY DRILL
ILITARY drill, as well as physical drill with arms, plays an important
5 A part in bringing a recruit's mind and body up to that high standard of
Q mental and physical stamina demanded by naval duties-afloat or ashore-
in times of peace or of war. ,
Physically, a recruit develops military bearing, strength, ability and en-
durance through individual muscular coordination necessitated by the vig-
orous activities comprising military drill. Mentally, he learns the real mean-
ing of self-discipline, develops a keen respect for leadership, and forms
1 healthy and lasting habits of instantaneous response to commands from
those in authority.
Through the medium of competitive military drills, inspections and re-
views the recruit soon develops a real understanding of the importance of
team work and a realization of his responsibilities to himself, his shipmates,
and his unit. And he learns that any unit which is imbued with an indomi-
table Hesprit de corpsi' is invariably a winner.
Position of ready
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WEEKLY feature of Recrult Tramlng is
the Graduation Review each Saturday on
Rodgers Parade Fleld Here, Ill tradltlonal m1l1-
tary pomp and ceremony, the Uraduatlng re
crults take their departure from the first phase
of their naval careers
Prlor to the actual commencement, the Com-
mand Drlll Ofhcer explalns the renew ln an ad
dress to VlSll.lI'lg relatlves and frlends
The l'6W'lCW IS conducted hy recrults wlthout
manders It hegms wlth tl1e l'6Ildltl0ll of honors
to the R6VlCWlHg Officer, generally a senlor offi-
cer from this command or from another branch
of the Armed SCTVICCS, and mcludes mass mlh-
tary drill, special performances by the Band,
Drum and Buvle Corps, and hoth Wave and
Male Drlll teams
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Drum and Bugle Corps presents
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AMERICAN SPIRIT HONOR MEDAL PRESENTATION
HE AMERICAN Spirit Honor Medal is a medal-
lion offered and provided by the Citizens Com-
mittee for the Army, Navy and Air Force, Inc., of
New York, N. Y. The American Spirit Honor Medal
has been accepted by the Department of Defense for
use as an award to enlisted personnel who, while
undergoing basic training, display outstanding quali-
ties of leadership best expressing the American Spirit
-Honor, Initiative, Loyalty, and High Example to
Comrades in Arms. This medallion has also been ac-
cepted by the Department of Defense for the promo-
tion of closer ties between the Armed Services and the
Civil Communities of the continental United States in
which the Armed Services establishments are located.
Reviewing Officer presents Honor Man certificates
Reviewing ofiicer presents American spirit Honor Medal and Honor Man Cel-gificqqes
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"The NAUTILUS is the beginning of a new chapter in the
history of sea power. As an American sailor, I look beyond
this newcomer, as marvelous a product as she is, and see
the succeeding generations of atomic submarines and other
atomic powered ships, and, as I look, new vistas of Ameri-
can sea power unfold."
Admiral Robert B. Carney, U.S.N.
Mess gear is cleaned and then sterilized
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LARGE percentage of a recruit's time is spent in and around his bar-
racks. Here the man is first taught, together with his shipmates, how
to live in a limited amount of space in a harmonious and yet comfortable
manner. Here, also, is stressed the importance of cleanliness of personnel
and barracks, and the necessity for good personal conduct and considerate
manners, all of which are most essential in promoting the morale, dignity,
integrity and physical well-being of men serving together under the rigorous
conditions of naval life.
In his barracks the new Navy man is instructed in the purpose and im-
portance of watch standing, and is impressed with the necessity for being
constantly alert while performing his responsible duties as a sentry.
Daily inspections of recruits and of the barracks area are made to insure
that the high standards of cleanliness and conduct are being properly met.
The recruit soon learns how to wash and care for his many articles of cloth-
ing and personal gear, and how to stow them properly in a seabag or a
It is in his barracks, too, that the recruit learns much about Navy life
from his company commander, and it is here that he does much of his
out-of-class studying. Receiving mail, writing letters, engaging in conver-
sation and other fraternal activities are important highlights of his barracks
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Clothes ore washed every day
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classroom instruction i
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RELIGIOUS LIFE Q
HE Navy recognizes that every means must
be exercised to strengthen the moral, spiri-
tual and religious lives of naval personnel. All
commanding officers are directed to insure that
all personnel are reached by group instruction
and by personal interview on all matters that
promote the realization and development of
these values consistent with religious beliefs of
the individual concerned.
ln order to insure that the opportunity of
continuing the religious practices and tradition
of his home life is present, chaplains of the
major faiths and denominations are assigned to
each regiment of recruitsin training. Voluntary
classesof religious instruction are held regular-
ly attimes when all personnel are free to attend.
Closely allied to the religious program is the
character and moral guidance series of lectures
presented by the chaplains. These men, with
years of experience in the naval service, both
afloat and ashore, are particularly well qualified
for this most important task. In a course of lec-
tures, the recruit is acquainted with the many
and perplexing problems which will confront
him during his Navy career, and is shown the
right and wrong solutions to each. '
Thus, with his ideals and convictions strength-
ened and bolstered by a strong religious and
moral foundation, the new Navy man is better
prepared to serve his God and his Country with
distinction, honor, loyalty and devotion-not
only as a sailor, but also as a citizen.
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O maintain peak efficiency throughout his
period of basic training, each recruit must
have a proportionate amount of work, sleep, and
play. Recreation, therefore, becomes a vital part
of his training. A staff of experienced officers
and chief petty officers, together with civilian
librarians and recreation directors, works con-
stantly to provide relaxation, amusement and
entertainment for the recruit during his off-
Perhaps the most popular type of recreation
afforded the recruit is the recruit dance held
each month in a regimental drill hall. Senior
companies of recruits play host to the recruit
WAVES and to USO junior hostesses from ad-
jacent communities. USO chaperones, duty offi-
cers and officers and their wives attached to the
command are present to help everyone enjoy the
affair. A recruit dance orchestra provides the
music, and free refreshments are available to
all throughout the evening.
A recreation building in each regimental area
provides many facilities for relaxation. Here the
recruit may bowl, play pmg-pong, b1ll1ards,.pool
and other games, enjoy television and radio or
listen to a variety of records. An attended library
of books and current magazines, and a comfort-
able reading room, is available to him. In ad-
dition, a Navy Exchange store, snack bar and
soda fountain are open for his convenience.
At frequent intervals, variety shows, name
bands and USO shows visit the command to en-
tertain the recruits, and each Saturday and Sun-
day evening the latest movies are shown in the
regimental drill halls. For the hobbyist there is
a well equipped hobby shop where the inter-
ested recruit may work in leather, metals, wood,
plastics or model building.
Best of all, perhaps, are those visiting days
when the recruit may entertain his family and
friends at the Recreation Center, or, in the sum-
mer, enjoy eating an outdoor lunch with them
in the picnic area.
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"Happy Hour" before movies
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during their leisure hours
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Periodicals for every taste
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available for all
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G. E. HEDGE, MMC
COMPA Y 306
26TH BATTALION 2ND REGIMENT
Commenced Training: 8 Ocfober 1954
Complefed Training: I3 December i954
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Rober+ C. Anderson
Richard P. Bednarelc
Roland R. Berube
Richard P. Bohanon
John G. Callahan
Chesler E. Cooke Jr
Richard J. Cormier
Paul N. Cormier
Richard F. Co+e
Gerard A. Cullen
Larry E. David
John F. Dempsey
Andrew N. Erickson
Ronald A. Erwin
Roberi M. Espinola
R. A. Federanich
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John M. Fronc
Roland A. Gervais
William G. Groben
Vincenf J. Guarino
Francis V. Har?
Cyril L. Heyniger
Ronald D. Hyers
Roberf M. lnderlin
John G. lnferranfe
Thomas P. Kerr
Pres+on G. Kidd
Edward L. LaBalle
David C. LaFerriere
Ronald P. LaPlan+e
Raymond G. Lausier
George H. Lis+er
Bernard E. Long
C. F. Lumbruno
Donald B. Marshall
Charles P. Mar+in
James A. McLaughlin
James E. Mead
James J. Meagher
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Norman G. Nahring
Kenneih J. Norcross
P. J. O'Malley
Richard C. Palumbo
Walfer l. Paulding
Donald R. Peck
Joe D. Peffley
R. L. Pe++icoffer
Frank W. Pierce
Richard S. Pope
Daniel J. Radley
Waller J. Regnier J
Roger E. Reid
Ro beri S. Romanchilr
Llewellyn J. Sanfos
Harry J. Sawyer Jr.
William J. Silva
Clyde W. Smifh
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Thomas D. Sp ence
Donald A. Sfarlcey
Roberf C. Sfankus
Barry L. Sioss
Joseph P. Sullivan
Michael J. Teman Jr
Francis P. Timmons
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Thomas F Walsh
Joseph E. Whi+ehurs'l'
Eugene E. Wincelr
Willis J. Wrighi'
W. P. Yannarella Jr.
V. F. Scalise
J. L. Branscome
B. Collura Jr.
C. A. Bernier
M. A. Mo'H'a
B. L. Cool:
R. H. Thompson
A. C. Daugherfy
Clarence R. Barbee
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MOST enlisted personnel enter the naval
service as Seaman Recruits. After their ini-
tial training, the varied aspects of which are
pictured in this book, they are qualified to take
advantage of many tangible career opportuni-
ties presented by the Navy Rating System.
The term aratingw applies to groups of Navy
occupational duties which require essentially
the same aptitudes, training, experience, skills,
and physical and mental abilities. Within the
rating there are uratesw which indicate a man's
pay grade and his level of experience, knowl-
edge, and responsibility. The general principles
of the rating system evolved during the Navy's
150-odd years of existence, the details of its
structure were worked out by officers, enlisted
men, and civilians experienced in personnel
management. In itself it contributes much to
morale by providing a real incentive for the
enlisted men through its recognition of distinct
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occupations and in its program for steady ad-
All Seaman Recruits CSRD who are gradu-
ated from recruit training are automatically ad-
vanced to Seaman Apprentice QSAD. Aboard a
ship or station, the apprentice receives addi-
tional training in general seamanship and re-
lated work and, after six months, become
eligible for promotion to Seaman By
this time he has become interested in the du-
ties performeduby personnel in a specialty rat-
ing and from then on he is promoted in a par-
ticular rating such as are seen on these pages.
Having received promotions through third,
second, and first class petty officer, a man be-
comes eligible for advancement to chief petty
officer, the highest enlisted rate of his occupa-
tional line of work. From there, career steps
in all ratings lead to one of twelve warrant of-
ficer billets or to a commission as an officer in
a limited duty category.
Promotion and pay are subjects close to the
heart of every Navy man and the objectives of
this system for advancement can be stated very
simply: to provide qualified personnel in each
rate in accordance with the needs of the serv-
iceg to give the individual incentive to improve
his performance, and, to build morale.
Basic to the system of advancement are the
needs of the service. A properly balanced crew
consisting of the multitude of ratings necessary
to man a fighting ship can only be eHective if
each man holding a rate can do the job ex-
Next in importance is the spark of incentive
which is needed in training, discipline, and ca-
reer planning. Promotions are controlled so
that they oifer a reward to the man who suc-
cessfully prepares himself for the next higher
rate, and who is willing and able to accept re-
The third major objective is the building of
morale. Every conscientious man must be made
to feel that eventual advancement is open to
him at a speed commensurate with his ability
and demonstrated performance.
Eligibility standards provide control of the
quality of personnel advanced and it is these
standards which present an equal opportunity
for each man to best take advantage of his po-
sition-besides the vocational training in the
schools and on-the-job, there are numerous
training manuals published by the Navy for all
the ratings and all personnel are urged to study
these manuals in order to prepare themselves
for early advancement.
Furthermore, there are opportunities in the
Navy to complete a perhaps interrupted civilian
education, begin or further college training, or
obtain a working knowledge of other vocations.
Any of these aims can be realized through the
hundreds of courses available to every Navy
man through the United States Armed Forces
Institute, college correspondence courses, Gen-
eral Educational Development tests, and class-
These pages give only a glimpse of the va-
riety and types of career vocations which the
Navy offers to those who are willing to recog-
nize and take advantage of the opportunities.
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IFE at sea, assignment to ships and squadrons, "Where
do we go from here?" are natural thoughts and ques-
tions in the minds of ex-recruits. Their lives will be en-
riched by exposure to other cultures and peoples, for the
sun never sets on the ships of the U. S. Navy. From the
Arctic to the Antarctic, from Marseille to Sydney, in all
oceans and seas, in all types of ships both large and small,
the missions of the Navy are being performed.
On these pages we have shown a few typical pictures
of the ships of our Navy performing their assigned duties.
Some of the ships are assigned to oversea fleets on a ro-
tation basis-those assigned to the Sixth Fleet cover the
Mediterranean Sea, others of the Seventh steam through
the Western Pacific, while still other ships on independent
duty such as ice breakers, hydrographic survey ships and
net tenders cruise to isolated ports which seldom see a
ship. All types of combatant vessels may be included on
good-will tours to such diverse and interesting countries
as Australia, Brazil, Pakistan and Denmark. It would be
very diflicult, indeed, for a sailor not to see the world.
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3 Future midshipmen studying at the Naval Academy Preparatory School
if Naval Aviation Cadets in training at Kingsville Field, Corpus Christi, Texas.
X NROTC students from Duke University undergoing training on board the
USS Coral Sea at Norfolk, Virginia.
AT this time, the chances for becoming a
commissioned oilicer have never been
better. The traditional path is throufgh the
Naval Academy, however, in addition there
are now several programs in which enlisted
personnel may prepare themselves for com.
missioned status. It is not necessary that ap.
plicants have college training to meet the re.
quirements of some of the programs and
there are certain cases where even men with-
out high school diplomas may qualify.
Of the programs and schools oHered, the
Naval Academy, the Naval Reserve Officers
Training Corps, the Naval Aviation Cadet
program and the Officer Candidate School
fthrough the Seaman to Admiral program,
are open at the present time.
The U. S. Navy and the U. S. Marine Corps
obtain most of their career officers from two
sources, the Naval Academy at Annapolis,
Maryland, and 'the Naval Reserve Officer
Training Corps units which are established in
many of the leading colleges and universities
throughout the United States. The U. S. Naval
Academy provides four years of college train-
ing leading to a commission in the Regular
Navy or Marine Corps. Admission is gained
by competitive examination among enlisted
personnel in the naval service or by Presi-
dential or Congressional appointment. Those
who successfully pass the examination are
transferred to the Naval Academy Prepara-
tory School which is located at the U. S. Naval
Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland. lt is
USS Wisconsin tires a National gun salute near Lisbon durin9
Midshipmen practice squadron cruise.
the purpose of this school to prepare the ap-
plicant for the competitive examinations
leading to selection for the Naval Academy.
Students enrolled in the NROTC pursue
the normal college curriculum of the institu-
tion in which enrolled. In addition they study
certain naval science subjects and participate
in drills and cruises which qualify them for
appointment as officers upon graduation. For
those who possess an interest in becoming
career oiiicers of the regular Navy through
the NROTC program, the Navy offers finan-
cial assistance throughout the four years of
the college program.
The Naval Aviation Cadet program is of-
fered for those who meet the rigorous re-
quirements necessary for pilots. After selec-
tion, a two year period of training is followed
by a commission.
The purpose of the Oflicer Candidate Pro-
gram is to provide a ready and adequate re-
serve of qualified junior oiiicers. It is an ac-
tive duty program available to enlisted per-
sonnel in the naval service. The Officer Can-
didate School is located at Newport, R. I. Men
in the regular Navy meeting the requirements
are eligible to compete in an examination for
entrance into this program. At the end of
four months of intensive training in naval
subjects, the graduates are commissioned En-
signs, U. S. Naval Reserve, in either the Line
or Staff Corps. After serving on active duty,
they are eligible for transfer to the Regular
Midshipmen from USS Missouri prepare to photograph Eiffel Tower while
touring Paris, France.
Oflicers candidates enroute to class at Newport,fR. I.
1,100 midshipmen in review at the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.,
march into Bancroft Hall.
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IEUTENANT COMMANDER HOMER M. PERCIFIELD,
U. S. Navy, was enlisted in the regular Navy at Indi-
anapolis, Indiana, in 1932. After undergoing recruit train-
ing at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois,
his first duty assignment was the battleship USS MARY-
LAND CBB-42D. During his six and one-half years on the
MARYLAND, he was assigned all deck seamanship billets
from seaman deck hand to division leading petty officer
and was advanced through all rates from seaman to boat-
swain's mate first class.
In 1939, Mr. Percifield was transferred to the USS
MARBLEHEAD CCL-123 and in 1942 was appointed chief
boatswain's mate. On 15 August 1943, he was commis-
sioned an Ensign in the regular Navy. At the present, Mr.
Percifield is the Training Officer in the Service School
Command at Bainbridge.
After a course of instruction at the Naval Ordnance and
Gunnery School in Washington, D. C., in 1945, Mr. Perci-
field saw duty at the Naval Shipyard in Long Beach and
'was transferred to the destro er USS LOWRY DD-770
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in 1947 for duty as First Lieutenant and Training Officer.
Later in 1947 he was on duty at the Navy Recruiting Sta-
tion in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as Assistant Officer-in-
Charge and Public Relations Officer. While in Pittsburgh,
he received his promotion to the grade of Lieutenant.
OHN J. CARROLL, Chief Quartermaster, U. S. Navy,
completed recruit training at the Naval Training Cen.
ter, Great Lakes, Illinois, in July 1943. During World War
II he served aboard the USS LCI CLD 361 in the Asiatic
Pacific area during the invasions of Hollandia, Montai,
and the Philippine Islands. After the war, Chief Carroll
was on board the USS SAGAMORE CATO'-20D and the
USS MARQUETTE CAKA-951 for duty.
During the Korean conflict, having previously seen duty
on a destroyer and a light cruiser, he was transferred to
the USS BEXAR CAPA-2375 for its operations during the
invasion of Inchon and Wonsan. It was as a result of this
last duty for which he received a letter of commendation.
Prior to reporting to the Recruit Training Command at
Bainbridge, Chief Carroll served on board the USS ASH-
LAND CLSD-ll in supply operations at Thule, Greenland.
Since arriving at Bainbridge in September, 1952, his du-
ties have included those of Company Commander, Aca-
demic Instructor and Battalion Adjutant.
Chief Carroll wears the Good Conduct Medal, Letter of
Commendation, American Theatre, Asiatic-Pacific, Philip-
pine Liberation, World War II Victory, National Service
Defense, European Occupation, United Nations and Ko-
rean Service ribbons.
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United States Naval
A R ' t I Award. Presented weekly to a 1
C0mii'rxe,:h:h has accumulated the most points e
tor participation in scheduled athletic events.
"C" FLAG RECRUIT TRAINING COM-
A Regimental Award. Presented weekly to a MAND UNIT cn-A1-ION
Company which has manitested the most tangi- PENN
ble attributes representing good citizenship. ANT
A Battalion Award. Presented weekly to the
Companies which have excelled in cleanliness
ot personnel and barracks.
A Regimental Aw d. P
ur resented weekly to
ComPa"Y which has achieved the highest averi
age grade In academic instruction.
A Command Citation. Awarded
and presented in the name of the
Commanding Officer, with appro-
priate ceremony, to a Company
whose achievements in all phases
ot basic training and competition'
have been exceptionally meritori-
ous and deserving of the highest
honor and distinction.
REGIMENTAI. UNIT COM-
A Regimental Commenddtibfl-
Awarded and presented weekly to
a Company which has distinguished
itselt by displaying an .olfefall
superiority in all areas ot training
A Brigade Award Presenled
weekly 'fo a Company lnch
has demonslraled an oulsland
mg proficiency In mrlnlary drill
A Regimenial Award. Pre-
senled weekly 'fo a Company
which has demonslraled an ex-
cellenl' proficiency in military
drill under arms.
Used +o mdlcale addlhonal awards of any one of lhe com
pehhve flags or pennanls
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A Battalion Award. Presented
weelxly 'lo a Company wl'xicl'1
has demonslraled a meritorious
proficiency in mililary drill
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