US Navy Recruit Training Command - Keel Yearbook (Great Lakes, IL)
- Class of 1971
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GUARDIAN OF OUR COUNTRY
The United States Navy is responsible for main-
taining control of the sea and is a ready force on
water at home and overseas, capable of strong ac-
tion to preserve the peace or of instant offensive
action to win in war.
lt is upon the maintenance of this control that
our country's glorious future depends. The United
States Navy exists to make it so. 1
WE SERVE WITH HONOR
Tradition, valor, and victory are the Navy's
heritage from the past. To these may be added ded-
ication, discipline, and vigilance as the watchwords
of the present and future.
At home or on distant stations we serve with
pride, confident in the respect of our country, our
shipmates, and our families.
Our responsibilities sober us, our adversities
strengthen us. -
Service to God and Country is our special priv-
ilege. We serve with honor.
THE FUTURE OF THE NAVY
The Navy will always employ new weapons,
new techniques, and greater power to protect and
defend the United States on the sea, under the sea,
and in the air.
Now and in the future, control of the sea gives
the United States her greatest advantage for the
maintenance of peace and for victory in war.
Mobility, surprise, dispersal, and offensive power
are the keynotes to the new Navy. The roots of the
Navy lie in a strong belief in the future, in continued
dedication to our tasks, and in reflection on our
heritage from the past. Never have our opportunities
and our responsibilities been greater.
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The Mission of Recruit Training Command is
to provide a Training program which will:
-effect a smooth transition from civilian to Navy
-foster patriotic behavior
-affirm thedignity of theindividual
-encourage high standards of personal responsibil-
ity, conduct, manners, and morals
-create a desire for self-improvement and
-provide the recruit with knowledge and skills which
are basic to all naval personnel
-develop pride in unit and the Navy and a desire
to observe appropriate naval customs, ceremonies,
-provide the Department of the Navy with personnel
possessing an effective level of physical fitness
Great Lakes was commissioned as a Naval
Training Station on 1 July 1911, received its first
trainee two days later, and was officially dedicated
by President William Howard Taft on that first
recruit's graduation day, 28 October 1911.
The mission of recruit training at Great Lakes
has varied little since its early days, but the facil-
ities and the techniques have changed significantly
over the years at Great Lakes to meet constantly
The original thirty-nine building complex pro-
vided facilities for 600 recruits undergoing sixteen
weeks of training.
More than 125,000 World War l sailors began
service in the Navy at Great Lakes. Emergency
build-ups brought the number of buildings to 775
with a capacity of 50,000 men on a twelve-week
Depression years saw Great Lakes at a stand-
still, but World War ll saw a rapid expansion pro-
gram to relieve strained facilities. A growth to
almost 1,000 buildings was able to handle a peak on-
board count of 67,000 recruits as Great Lakes trained
almost 1,000,000 men for the fleet. At one point,
the demand for more men was so great that the
training curriculum was a highly-accelerated three
The normal post-war recruit population has
been 10,000 with significant increases during the
Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
Women for the regular Navy trained at Great
Lakes from 1948 to 1957, taking a ten-week WAVE
Two-week and nine-week ready reserves have
taken basic training at Great Lakes since 1950.
The staff under normal conditions is made up
of fifty officers and 650 enlisted personnel to train
60,000 recruits annually.
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formed inTo companies, assigned a company com-
mander, and begin The primary phase of Their Train-
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. . . is an outstanding chief or first
class petty officer who has been selected
as part of the corps of company com-
manders at Great Lakes. Prior to "pick-
ing up" his first company, he has been
trained in techniques of instruction,
principles of leadership, and admin-
istrative procedures in schools at Great
Lakes Naval Training Center, both at
Service School Command and at Recruit
The company commander instructs
his recruits how to keep themselves,
their clothing, their equipment, and their
living quarters in a smart and ship-
shape manner while he leads them in
military and physical drill so that they
gain military proficiency and physical
stamina. He also helps them to ex-
ercise increasing amounts of individual
and group responsibility as they grow
in the qualities of self-discipline nec-
essary to carry out the exacting routines
of life as men of the United States Navy.
The company commander is gen-
uinely interested in the needs, welfare,
and problems of the recruits he com-
mands. He must be formal yet friendly
so that though he is fully and firmly
in control, the recruits do not have to
hesitate to approach him for his as-
sistance with their problems or for his
referral to the appropriate member
of the Navy's professional corps: The
chaplain, the medical officer, or the
The company commander, most of
all, is an inspiring example of the suc-
cessful Navyman upon whom the recruits
can pattern their own lives as sailors
and as citizens.
One of the more important lessons the recruit
learns during boot camp is how to live with others
in a military organization. Life and living conditions
in the Navy differ so greatly from anything he has
known in civilian life that learning to live in close
quarters as a member of a military group becomes
a maior function of recruit training.
The barracks is not only a place to sleep and
to stow clothes, but it is the most important class-
room. Here, the recruit learns by doing. The scrub-
bing of clothes, the cleaning of the barracks, and
the constant inspections all serve but one purpose-
to prepare him for a successful life during his tour
in the Navy.
Posting the Watch
General Orders ot the Day
General Orders ofa Sentry
Washing Stenciling Out
Compartment Field Day
Letter Time Smoke8. Coke
All is noi work in the barracks, for The recruit
learns the need of fellowship and relaxation. Mail
call is one of his mos? precious moments, and The
Time he Takes To write home is Time well spent.
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He will probably never carry a rifle after he
leaves boot camp, but much of a recruit sailor's
time is spent learning the fundamentals of military
drill, the manual of arms, marching, and physical
drill under arms.
To stress the essential value of military drill,
battalion, regimental, and brigade Drill Flags are
awarded on a competitive basis among recruit com-
panies. This gives the recruit a tangible incentive
to progress from an unsure boot to part of a precise
military unit by learning the importance of instanta-
neous response to orders and the absolute necessity
of teamwork with his shipmates.
From military drill, then, the recruit learns the
Navy's plan of operation in peace or war: knowl-
edgeable, coordinated, and immediate action.
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The salute is symbolic of the tradi-
tions and customs of the Navy. This is
but one discipline learned by the recruit
as part of his physical and mental orienta-
tion, to help him develop pride in his
personal conduct and military manner.
He becomes more aware ot his role of a
sailor-citizen and of the Navy's role as
part of the government of the United States.
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The Classification Division considers
the recruit's potential, as demonstrated by
testing, occupational experience, and education.
Combined with the desires the recruit ex-
presses during a personal interview, this
information is used to recommend a iob class-
ification, which is submitted for approval
to the Chief of Naval Personnel. Approxi-
mately two weeks prior to completing train-
ing, the recruit is advised of his individual
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instructor and one cameraman to reach
up to 2400 recruits at one time, This
has proven to be the most efficient and
effective method of presenting many sub-
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The Ordnance and Gunnery Division in-
structs recruits in naval armament, ordnance
safety precautions, ammunition handling, and
the use of small arms. Safety precautions are
especially stressed. All recruits are given
live firing practice using the .22 caliber Moss-
berg rifle and the .22 caliber Ace pistol,
mounted on a .45 caliber frame.
Recruits do not fire the high-powered
Ml rifle since such powerful weaponry cannot
be fired indoors. However, they do receive
instruction in handling and field-stripping this
rifle as well as the .45 pistol. Instructors
demonstrate firing the .45 caliber pistol.
During televised classroom periods, the
men are taught the operation and maintenance
of the submachine gun, the Browning Automatic
Rifle CBAR7, .38 caliber pistol, and other ord-
nance encountered in the fleet.
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The mission of the Damage Control Training
Division is to acquaint each recruit with the basic
principles of extinguishing shipboard fires and con-
trolling any storm or battle damage which his fight-
ing unitmay sustain.
Damage control training is accomplished both
in the classroom and in structures designed to sim-
ulate a naval warship. Controlled oil fires are ig-
nited in the "ships" and it is the task of the dam-
age control team to actually enter the structure
and extinguish the flames. All such training is con-
ducted only under the strict supervision of a trained
and experienced petty officer.
Instruction is also given on self-protection
against nuclear, biological and chemical warfare.
As part of this training, each recruit puts on
a gas mask and passes through a chamber filled
with a harmless but obnoxious gas. While in the
chamber he removes his gas mask briefly for a
dramatic demonstration of the protection it provides.
Confidence is instilled in the recruit as a re-
sult,of the damage control and firefighting instruc-
tion. Armed with training and the knowledge that
shipboard fires can be extinguished and damage
corrected, the Navyman may save many lives and
keep his fighting unit afloat should disaster strike.
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before graduationl and visitors.
Navy Exchange operates cafeterias and
stores to provide snacks and necessities. The
profits from the Exchange provide Special
Services with funds to operate bowling alleys,
TV lounges, swimming pools, libraries, rec-
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Special Services Bowling Alley Recruit Recreation Center
lAssignment Memorandum Orders?
Because of the closeness he feels to his fellow
recruits, it is difficult for a recruit to "lose his
company." Though he might be HASMO-ed" for
violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice
or breaking of command regulations, it is more
likely that a recruit is re-assigned to a later-
formed company because of failed tests or a need
for remedial reading work. Or, he might be hos-
pitalized due to illness or an accident. It is not
easy for a recruit to leave his friends in his orig-
inal companyg but it is a mark of maturity when he
can make new friends in another company and work
with them to attain that ultimate goal of graduation
Sick Call May End Up in "ASMO"
"ASMO" Processing Center
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RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND
NAVAL TRAINING CENTER
GREAT LAKES, ILLINOIS
AIN WALLACE L TALBOT JR
Naval Training Center
IOMMANDER L, A. HAMILTON
Recruit Training Command
CAPTAIN F. M. SYMONS
Recruit Training Command
LT. COMMANDER ERNEST W. BRYANT
Military Training Officer
Recruit Training Command
LTJG E. M. Paulsen USN
RDCM C. J. Fecht USN
RDC L. Zeoli USN
MM 1 C. D. Johnston USN
COMMENCED TRAINING CGMPLETED TRAINING
13 September 1971 19 November 1971
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The graduation review is the climax of Training
for the recruits. Under the leadership of fellow
recruits, the graduates display their newly learned
abilities in military drill and military bearing in
the Navy's traditional pomp and ceremony, not only
to the reviewing officials but also to relatives and
friends who are ableto attend.
The special recruit units-the States' Flags Com-
pany, the Drum and Bugle Corps, the Drill Team,
and the Blueiackets Choir, composed of and com-
manded by only recruits in training-help to create
a vivid and exciting picture that will last in the
recruit's memory for the rest of his lite.
Flags Won by Company
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Recruit Special Unit States' Flags Company
Presentation of Colors
'A' FLAG llefti-Athletic superiority in
team and individual events is recognized
by the weekly presentation of an "A" Flag
to the company within each battalion which
achieves the most points.
'C' FLAG lrighti-The purpose of this
flag is to foster citizenship and encourage
participation in extracurricular and pa-
triotic activities. Companies earn points
each week for membership in regimental
choirs, attendance at savings bond and
allotments classes, and taking part in the
command's public affairs program.
'S' FLAGS-The Battalion "S" Flag lleftl
is awarded weekly to the company in each
battalion scoring the highest on scholastic
examinations. The Brigade "S" Flag
lrightl goes to the recruit company with
the highest score among all the companies
STAR FLAGS-Star Flags are awarded
weekly in the field of cleanliness as deter-
mined by barracks, locker, and personnel
inspections conducted by a staff unit known
as "Brigade Inspectors." The Battalion
Star Flag lletti is for the winning company
in each battaliong the Regimental Star Flag
lcenteri for the winning company among
Battalion Star Flag winnersg and the Bri-
gade Star Flag for the company in recruit
training compiling the highest overall
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'E' FLAGS-"E" Flags Calso known as
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with the highest score in recruit training
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-F COLOR coMPANv FLAG-This flag is earned by me
M recruit company attaining the highest overall average
among the group of companies with which it will graduate.
The company that earns the distinction of being Color
x Company at its graduation also receives the honor of
A I "Posting the Colors" at the graduation review.
HALL OF FAME FLAG-This flag represents supreme
achievement in recruit training. A trophy accompanies
this rarely-achieved flag, and the company which wins
it is enshrined in the Recruit Training Command Hall
of Fame. To receive this flag a company must win three
"E"iFlags, five Drill Flags, five Star Flags two S
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