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Recruit Training Command San Diego's Command History
As filed 1959


To provide a program which will effect a smooth transition from civilian to Navy life; promote the dignity of the individual, inculcate understanding and appreciation of the fundamental workings of democracy and the Navy's place in democracy; develop a desire for self-improvement and advancement; promote high standards of responsibility, conduct, manners, and morale; provide sufficient knowledge and skill in seamanship, ordnance and gunnery and other Naval subjects to enable the recruit to be of early usefulness to the Service; develop observation of Naval customs and traditions and stress pride in self and in the Navy.



In April, 1944, the Secretary of the Navy changed the status of the Training Station to that of a group command and redesignated it the U. S. Naval Training Center, San Diego. Under the Center Commander were established three subordinate commands: The Recruit Training Command, The Service School Command and the Administrative Command.

            The years immediately following World War II saw a considerable reduction in population of the Training Center despite a post-war expansion of the Service Schools, and by the end of 1949 the population of the Center had dropped to a twenty-year low of 5, 800 men. Six months later, when the Communists invaded the Republic of Korea, an immediate expansion of all Naval Training activities took place and by September of 1950 the Center was again operating at nearly full capacity.

            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 the 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 15 January 1951 Camp Elliott was placed in commission as Elliott Annex of the Naval Training 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 construction of a permanent recruit camp on the undeveloped Training Center land lying to the south and west of the estuary. The six converted barracks went into service as recruit classrooms in April 1953, and construction work on the new camp reached completion in 1955. With the completion of this project the Naval Training Center has filled out to its present boundaries of 435 acres.





On 27 July 1949, the USS RECRUIT (TDE-l) was completed. The RECRUIT is modeled after a destroyer-escort type vessel and contains eight classrooms where instruction in many phases of seamanship is given. Practical demonstration of shipboard procedures, nomenclature and routine is made possible by employing the standard Navy gear with which the ship is equipped. 

On 20 June 1953, the Honorable Robert B. Anderson, Secretary of the Navy, visited the Naval Training Center and was reviewing officer at the weekly Recruit Brigade Review.

 On 21 October 1953, the Honorable John A. Hannah, Assistant Secretary of Defense, visited the Naval Training Center and inspected the Recruit Training Command.

On 16 March 1954, Regiment TWO was disestablished as an active recruit regimental organization and its remaining functions were incorporated into the Regiment THREE organization.

 On Armed Forces Day, 15 May 1955, the Honorable Charles S. Thomas, Secretary of the Navy, was reviewing officer at the Recruit Brigade Review.

 The Chief of Naval Personnel ordered that recruit training be shortened and on 18 October 1954 the "Civilian to Sailor" transition was cut from eleven weeks to nine weeks. In order to stimulate the recruitment of naval enlistees, the Navy Department authorized the procurement and formation of "All City", "All County" and “All State" companies to be ordered to the Training Centers and trained as a unit. Recruiting Service Note. No.211-54 set forth the program on 1 November 1954 and the first company received at this center was the Kansas Company, Company 54-0365 on 20

November 1954. Twenty eight special companies have been received under this program through August 1955.

Admiral Robert B. Carney, U. S. Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, visited the Training Center on 24 June 1955 and was given a conducted tour of Recruit Training Command.

On 13 August 1955, the Honorable Richard-M. Nixon, Vice President of the United States was reviewing officer at the weekly Recruit Brigade Review, lunched with recruits in the new camp Nimitz galley, and was given a conducted tour of Recruit Training Command. 

The Recruit Training Command was originally composed of the following departments:

a. Examining and Outfitting Unit
b. Primary Training Camps
c. Two Advanced Training Camps
d. Recruit Transfer Unit (Camp Paul Jones}
e. Physical Training Division
f. Rifle Range and Small Arms
g. Recognition and Lookout Division
h. Training Aids Division
i. Fire Fighting Division
j. Seamanship Division
k. Four Training Camp Regimental Headquarters

The latter part of the pre -war period marked the beginning of a period of expansion which was to triple the area of the station and to increase the station population five-fold by the end of 1942. The Recruit Training Command now consists of the following departments and divisions, with a rifle range at Camp Elliott Annex where recruits are trained in the firing of small arms.


I. Special Assistants

a. Administration

b. Receiving

c. Material and Fiscal

d. Personnel

e. Legal


II. Training Department


a. Special Assistants


(1) Instructor Training

(2) Recruit Prepatory Training

(3) Training Aids

(4) Testing

(5) Scheduling


b. Technical Training


(1) Indoctrination

(2) Damage Control

(3) Seamanship

(4) Ordnance and Gunnery

(5) Physical Training


c. Military Training


(1) Regiment I


(aa) Camp Decatur


(1) Battalions I through V

(2) Two Weeks Training (Reserve)


(2) Regiment II


(aa) Inactive


(3) Regiment III


(aa) Camp Farragut


(1)   Battalions I through VI

(bb) Camp Nimitz


(1)   Battalions I through V

Liaison with other commands aboard the Naval Training Center; Recruit Training Command, Service School Command, Naval Administrative Command is accomplished on all levels of command. Liaison with other commands outside Naval Training Center is largely a function of the

Center Commander and his staff.











I. Objectives

a. To develop in the recruit a knowledge and understanding of Naval Life based on actual living experiences in regular Navy Activity.

b. To provide training which will enable recruits to accomplish certain practical factors required for advancement to apprentice rates and to develop skill in technical subjects to the extent that time will permit.

II. Programs

a. Two week personnel are trained in a special reserve unit; however the plan of the day conforms closely to the daily schedule for regular navy.

b. Nine week reservists are as signed to a regular navy company and complete the full course of training. These men are given apprentice grade upon completion.





Headquarters of Recruit Training Command was located in Building #210 from 28 March 1944 to 13 April 1958. On 14 April 1958 it moved to Building #328 (R-4) its present headquarters.








SHADE, Simon L.   Commander   28 Mar 1944   29 Mar 1946
RICHTER, Henry E Captain 29 Mar 1946 30 Apr 1949
MALONE, Louis T.  Captain 30 Apr 1949  1 May 1951
COPELAND, Thomas H. Captain 1 May 1951  12 Jul 1952
J THOMAS, Donald I. Captain 12 Jul1952   22 May 1954

CAMPBELL, Herbert J 

Captain 22 May 1954    8 Sept 1956
DORNIN, Robert E Captain  8 Sept 1956 24 Jul 1959






Captain Dornin’s Navy career began upon his graduation from the Naval Academy in 1935. As a midshipman, he won laurels as an outstanding end on the Academy's football team and was selected for All-America honors.

Prior to his graduation from the Submarine School, New London, Conn., Captain Dornin served aboard the USS New Mexico, BB-37, and USS Perry, DD-340.

Three consecutive tours of submarine duty followed his completion of Submarine School. He first served in the USS Plunger, SS-179, then the USS Gudgeon, SS-211, and finally the USS Trigger, SS-237.

Captain Dornin won acclaim as an ace submarine skipper during his command of the Trigger. With this ship he conducted one of the outstanding East China Sea patrols of World War II. During the month of September, 1943, he engaged and sank four Japanese ships--two tankers and two cargo ships--and possibly one or two more which did not show up in the record books. Having expended all her torpedoes in nine days of fast action, Trigger headed home, concluding a patrol that came to be called, “a nine-day wonder". The tonnage-sunk total of 27,095 for a single patrol was one of the highest scored by a U. S. submarine to that date.

In 1944, Captain Dornin became an aide to the late Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, wartime Chief of Naval Operations. After ADM King's retirement, he became Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz' aide.

In 1946 Captain Dornin took command of the USS Sea Fox, SS-402, and from there went back to the Naval Academy as Assistant Director of Athletics. Since then he has served as Commander Submarine Division 22; Chief of Staff, Officer Submarine Development Group; Executive Officer, U. S. Naval Station, Treasure Island; Commanding Officer, USS Nereus, .AS-17, and most recently, Commander Submarine Squadron Three, Pacific Fleet. He now is  Commanding Officer, Recruit Training Command, at the U. S. Naval Training Center in San Diego.

During his eventful career as a submariner, Captain Dornin has won two Navy Grosses, four Silver Stars, three Commendation ribbons and the Submarine Combat Pin with 9 stars.

Captain Dornin and his wife Eleanor, now reside in Quarters “D” at the Training Center. They are the parents of four children: Susan, age 18; Marie, age 11; Robert P., age eight, and Esther, age two.


1991s Recruit Training Command History




PAO/ 0137
05 MAY 1992


From:   Commander, Naval Training Center, San Diego

To:   Director of Naval History (OP-O9BH), Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. 20390


Ref:     (a) OPNAVINST 5750.12E

Encl: (1) Supplementary Command History, Naval Training Center, San Diego, California
  (2) Supplementary Command History, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California
  (3) Supplementary Command History, Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California
  (4) Supplementary Command History, Service School Command, San Diego, California

1. In accordance with reference (a), the 1991 Command History supplement of Naval Training Center, San Diego is submitted as enclosure (1).

2. Enclosures (2) through (4) outline in detail events of significance in the three component commands of the Naval Training Center.











Enclosure (3)






 Captain Gregg V. Southgate
U. S. Navy

Assumed duties 15 January 1991

Commander C. T. Fowinkle
U. S. Navy



 Naval Training Center

San Diego, California 92133—2000




“The mission of Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California, is to conduct a training program which will: effect a smooth transition from civilian to Navy life; foster patriotic behavior; affirm the dignity of the individual; encourage high standards of personal responsibility, conduct, manners and morals; create a desire for self-improvement and advancement; provide the recruit with knowledge and skills which are basic to all Navy personnel; develop pride in unit and the Navy and a desire to observe appropriate Naval customs, ceremonies and traditions; provide the Department of the Navy with personnel processing and effective level of physical fitness.”





A. Executive Department, Staff Code 00/01

1.      Command Master Chief, Staff Code OOE

2.      Safety Officer, Staff Code 011

B. Administrative Services Department, Staff Code 03

1.      Command Career Counselor, Staff Code 012

2.      Recruit Affairs Division, Staff Code 013

3.      3-M Coordinator, Staff Code 014

4. Command Fitness Coordinator, Staff Code 015

C.   Legal Department, Staff Code 04

D. Training Support Department, Staff Code 10

E. Military Training Department, Staff Code 20

F. Technical Training Department, Staff Code 30

G. Apprentice Training Department, Staff Code 40

H. Curriculum and Instructional Standards Department, Staff Code CIS





Captain Southgate, a Fort Mitchell, Kentucky native, reported to Pensacola, Florida as an Aviation Officer Candidate, receiving his commission in June of 1968, and his wings the following year. His first fleet assignment was to Fighter Squadron NINETY SIX, the “Fighting Falcons,” flying the F-4 Phantom. Captain Southgate deployed aboard USS AMERICA (CV 66) and USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) with the Falcons making two WESTPAC cruises and flying 256 combat missions.

 In August 1972 Captain Southgate reported to the Naval Fighter Weapons School at NAS Miramar, California as a TOPGUN Instructor. In 1975 he reported to Fighter Squadron FIFTY ONE where he made one Mediterranean cruise aboard USS ROOSEVELT (CVA 42). Captain Southgate further served with Fighter Squadrons ONE TWENTY ONE and TWENTY ONE (the “Freelancers”) making a third WESTPAC as the Operations Officer of Fighter Squadron TWENTY ONE while aboard USS CORAL SEA (CV 43).


Transferring to Washington D. C. for duty on the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) staff, Analysis Division (OP-962), Captain Southgate spent six short months of 1982 in the Capital City. He reported to Fighter Squadron ONE SEVENTY ONE in December 1982 for F—4 refresher training prior to his return to the “Freelancers” (VF 21) as Executive Officer on 2 March 1983. The “Freelancers” returned to the USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) for one final world cruise with the aging F-4N. Assuming command of Fighter Squadron TWENTY ONE in September 1984, Captain Southgate transitioned the “Freelancers” to the F—14, and took them on their first cruise as an F-14 squadron aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64).


Captain Southgate made a Western Pacific/Indian Ocean cruise in 1987 as Air Officer aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) before reporting in July 1988, to the staff of the United States Special Operations Command (USCINCSOC) in Tampa, Florida as the Chief of the Command and Control Division. Currently, Captain Southgate is the Commanding Officer of Recruit Training Command, San Diego.


Captain Southgate has logged over 4100 flight hours, (3300 hours in the F—4 Phantom) and has made over 1000 arrested landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), the Air Medal (three awards), Seventeen Strike Flight awards, and numerous Campaign Medals and Unit awards.


Captain Southgate is married to the former Mollie Malone of Pensacola, Florida. They have a daughter Kasey Anne and a son, Brett.


Two pages are missing from the records.

a useful avenue to ensure recruits receive quality instruction.

209 Company Commanders received refresher instruction prior to

returning to lead a recruit company.


6.   Drill Division. Recruit Drill Units enhanced the Navy’s image in the civilian community by participation in off-station events  as indicate below:

     a. Color Guard     51

     b. Drum and Bugle Corps     37

     c. Fifty State Flag Team 40

     d. Crack Rifle Drill Team 36

7.     Remedial Programs:


a.     Fundamental Applied Skills Training (FAST).


(1)          Statistics

a.            The FAST program continues to be an extremely useful tool in the remedial training of recruits. In CY 1991 the FAST program enrolled 861 students. 

b.            These 861 students, plus a remainder enrolled in CY 90, to total 859 students, graduated. 

c.            37 students received Entry Level Separations or otherwise left the FAST program for non—academic reasons. Additionally, six students were removed from the program for severe language deficiency and unacceptably low AFQT scores.


(2)          Training Enhancements.


a.            Implemented weekend testing of F.A.S.T. recruits which eliminates unnecessary wait time, saving $11,000 annually

b.            Corrected thousands of errors and rewrote major sections of the new F.A.S.T. curriculum generated by Penn State University saving nearly $20,000 in contractor costs, and avoiding further curriculum implementation delays. 

C.                                20 May - 15 June 91, 3 staff members spent an additional 40 hours per week on revision and development of a more appropriate curriculum for FAST. 

d.          10-14 June 91, Mary Wagner, a civilian instructor flew to CNTT to assist in the final drafting of a




Trainee Guide for FAST students. 

b.     Special Training. A total of 114 marginally performing recruits were assigned to the Positive Motivation Unit. The average time per recruit spent in the unit was 8.2 days. ‘91 recruits successfully completed the program and were returned to training.


c.     Medical Rehabilitation.


(1)          Statistics

a.            A total of 367 recruits were assigned to Medical Rehabilitation. 

b.            195 returned to a recruit company to complete training. 58 graduated from basic training while still in the Medical Rehabilitation Unit. 

c.            161 were attrited (131 for medical reasons). 

(2)          Training Enhancements

a.            Reduced recruit average stay from four to two weeks in the Medical Rehabilitation Unit by completely overhauling this one time “passive” hold unit and turning it into an aggressive pro—active center using innovative rehab methods, saving over $360,000 annually. As a result, the number of recruits being held in Naval Hospital has also been reduced to almost zero.


d.     Water Safety and Physical Training.


(1)          Statistics.


a.            A total of 4,539 recruits failed the initial swim qualification test of 18,561 recruits tested. 

b.            A total of 62 recruits failed to qualify as 4th class swimmers during the eight week training period and were assigned to the Swim Hold Unit. Of these, 50 qualified after additional remedial training. Four were sent to their follow—on commands with a Page 13 entry for failure to qualify. Eight were transferred from the unit and were discharged for various reasons.

c.            A total of 1,925 recruits/fleet sailors screened for special warfare; 216 qualified. 

d.            A total. of 748 recruits failed their final aerobics test; 359 received waivers for injuries which precluded successful completion of all four aspects of the aerobics evaluation.




e.            389 recruits were processed as outlined below due to failure of their final aerobics eval: .

(i)            Prior to 1 September 1991 those recruits that failed the final aerobics test were tested according to OPNAV standards while still in training. Those recruits that failed to meet OPNAV standards were assigned to the Aerobics Hold Unit following their final day of training and remained in Aerobics Hold until they could meet OPNAV standards. 

(ii)            As of 1 September 1991 those recruits that failed to pass their final aerobics test were assigned to the Aerobics Hold Unit on their final day of training and were not allowed to depart RTC. Recruits in Aerobics Hold are administered the aerobics test daily according to OPNAV standards.



8.   Armory statistics:


a.   A total of 105 saluting charges were expended for gun salutes. 

b.   A total of 14,577 recruits fired 469,200 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition during training sessions in small arms handling. Eighty-eight percent of the recruits successfully fired with 80% or better accuracy. 

c.     RTC expended 421 capsules of riot control agent for NBC warfare training of recruits.


d.     Naval Training Security expended a total of 27,256 rounds.

      7,204         .38    caliber

      5,596         .45    caliber

      2,220         12      gauge


e.     105 rounds were expended for military funerals. 


9.   Legal Department

a.     Statistics

-                                                                               (1) The Discipline Section Legal Investigators conducted 484 interviews resulting in 398 nonjudicial punishments. 

(2)          The Fraudulent Enlistment Investigators conducted 4,187 interviews resulting in 332 Moment of Truth discharges. 

(3)         A total of 1,871 administrative discharges were processed in 1991, corresponding to 395 medical and 1,276 discharges for various reasons.


(4)          The Legal Division Court-Martial Section processed nine Summary Courts-Martials, two Special Courts-Martials, zero General Courts Martials, and one Other than Honorable discharge in lieu of trial by Courts Martial.

        b.     Improvements.


          (1)     Eliminated seven working days from discharge processing time by merging Military Training, Legal and PSD procedures, saving $1.2 million annually and eliminating the need for an outgoing hold unit. 

(2)          Virtually eliminated attrites due to sleepwalking or enuresis by implementing a five week observation period concurrent with training saving $290,000 annually in otherwise lost training dollars. 

(3)          Developed a new program approved by BUPERS to expedite administrative separations of recruits with entry level disqualifying medical conditions. Realized an 80% decrease in the number of costly medical boards


10.  Drug Analysis/Urinalysis Division:


a.     Procedure change. Prior to 1 May 1991 Recruit Training Command conducted initial screening of all urine samples, with positive samples being forwarded to the Naval Drug Screening Lab (NDSL) at Naval Hospital San Diego for verification. Final verification by NDSL required 7 10 working days. On 1 May 1991 the NDSL assumed responsibility for testing all urine samples, providing within 24 hours a screening presumptive positive report on all recruit entry level samples. This report is followed within four working days a confirmation of positive report. New procedures have dramatically reduced drug test processing time, saving over $200,000 in total training and processing costs.


b.    Statistics.

          (1)  A total of 96 individual DAPA interviews were conducted for staff and apprentice trainees for drug and alcohol— related problems. Of these, 70 were referred for Level I treatment, seven were referred to Level II treatment and one staff member was assigned to ARC/ARS.

           (2)  63 personnel graduated from NADSAP and 58 completed the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Managers and Supervisors Course.

           (3)  The command has recorded two DUI incidents this year and discharges for various reasons



(4)Total urinalyisis screening conducted by the Drug Analysis Unit Urinalysis Section for 1991 is as follows: 


# Screened

# Positive

% Positive

(1) Staff




(2) Apprentice Trainees





(3)  Recruit










11. Awards/Achievements:


a.    “Personnel of the quarter” for 1991 were as follows:

Sailor   InstructorHN1 Dizon                HM1 Willis



HM1 Dizon

HM1 Willis


GMM1(SW) Hughes

FC1 Gaylor


YN2 Sutton

EN1 Bartley


EN1 Toomer

AME1 Mitchell




Company Commander

Junior Sailor


OSC(SW) Jones

YNSN Pellom


SM1(SW) Hamilton

YN3 Belmares


BMC(SW) Pretlow



DS1 Hernandez



Sailor of the Year: GMM1(SW) Hughes

Company Commander of the Year:SM1(SW) Hamilton

Instructor of the Year:  EN1 Bartley


b.   Command wide.


(1)          Produced Navy’s Company Commander of the Year for the second year in a row.


(2)          RTC 1990 Sailor of the Year, ET1(SS) Laprade selected as NTC Sailor of the Year.


(3)          RTC/PSD was awarded the Certified Pipeline Mover Award by the Enlisted Personnel Management Center (EPHAC) and the CINCPACFLT PSD of the Month Award for significant reduction in processing times and efficient transfers of personnel, ZERO discrepancies found.


(4)          Passed NAVOSH, NOSHIP and 16 related safety inspections with outstanding results. 32% fewer discrepancies were found.


(5)          Exceeded Navy Relief and Combined Federal Campaign command goals by 15% raising over $88,000 for Navy Relief and $153,000 for Combined Federal Campaign.


(6)          Established a command recycling program which


collected over 9,600 pounds.


(7)          Awarded the CNTT Silver Anchor Award for outstanding retention for the second consecutive year.


(8)          Awarded the CNET Training Excellence Award or the second consecutive year.


12. Curriculum Development and Improvement:


a.     Revised NAVCRUITRACOMSDIEGOINST 1500.1DD (Master Training Schedule) with NAVCRUITRACOMSDIEGOINST 1500. lEE.


b.     Developed and implemented Change I to



(1)          Adds reminder to Company Commanders to measure recruit body fat on R-Day.


(2)          Modified P-i DOT time line to expedite the flow of recruits through clothing issue and medical.


(3)          Added term of the day; rate/rank of the day; and uniform of the day, for all hands information and awareness.


c.     Developed three Total Quality Leadership courses (Introduction to TQL, TQL for Officers and TQL Facilitator) consisting of eleven lesson topic guides and 63 transparencies. Trained 70 staff personnel which saved the command $150 per person for a total savings of $10,500. Submitting to CNTT for other RTC’s to adopt.


d.     Instituted an educational marriage workshop for Apprentice Training students, facilitated by the Chaplains.


e.     Wrote over 400 new test questions to better evaluate recruits’ comprehension.


f.     Completely revised lesson topic guides:

-                                             First Aid Phase I

-                                             First Aid Phase II

—                                             Health, Pregnancy, and Parenting

-                                             Rape Class

-                                             Chaplain Class

—                                             Basic Damage Control

-                                             Auth and Resp. of a CPO and P0


-                                             EEBD


g.     Developed and implemented a comprehensive “Moment of Truth” program for prospective Company Commanders which validates all qualifications. This expanded screening of Company







Commanders has identified five non-qualified personnel, avoiding 1,200 manhours of unnecessary training time and ensuring only the

best trained recruits.


   h. Implemented on time the Navy/Air Force Medical Evaluation

Test (AFMET) Project; modified existing software for test

grading, avoiding 1,500 unnecessary manhours.


i.             Standardized Physical Conditioning time by training week to maximize physical readiness of recruits.


j.        Developed a revision outline for Mobilization Master Training Schedule NAVCRUITRACOMSDIEGOINST 1500.49A


k.     RTC BMO implemented the new High Risk Screening Program for C.B.R. classes.


1.     Developed an updated NAVCRUITRACOMSDIEGOINST 1601.3U (Assignment of Service Week Work Details) to structure priorities and procedures to reflect actual command needs and maximize service week utilization.



13. Training Enhancements.


a.     Recruit Company Sponsorship -  Increased Recruit Company Sponsorship by 32%; 115 commands and local military organizations sponsored 239 of 264 companies. Visits by sponsor commands give recruits contact with motivated and interested fleet personnel who relay real world scenarios, expectations and goals. This weekly, after hours contact promotes tremendous motivation for the recruit companies and keeps their sights set on their ultimate goal to become a proud fleet sailor.


b.     Created and implemented a completely unique squadron and ship visit program in conjunction with Surface Forces Pacific and Air Forces Pacific; maximizing utilization of the fleet’s close proximity to RTC San Diego. The ability to augment classroom study with real world resources has immeasurably improved learning, morale, and enthusiasm.


c.     Planned, designed and built a ship’s bridge mock-up, liaisoning with the fleet for needed hardware. This static display greatly improved the quality of training for 3,700 Seaman Apprentices annually.


d.     Instituted a new Recruit Training Command San Diego Maxim to instill a sense of honesty and integrity within recruits and Apprentice Trainees: “I. will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those among us who do.”


e.     Created completely new management and administrative










processing procedures between Apprentice Training, RTC/PSD, and

Recruit Training. Eliminated the need for Apprentice Training’s

overseas hold unit, reduced the number of students awaiting transfer orders in CONUS by 75%, and reduced the average wait from 30 to 5 days.


f.     RTC Moment of Truth (MOT) and Medical devised a system to ensure all medical related disclosures are documented in health records and evaluated during P-days; these unqualified recruits are discharged prior to training.


g.     Instituted drug and alcohol screening program to identify and discharge dependent recruits prior to training. 192 cases identified to date eliminated incalculable future problems for the Navy.


h.     Implemented the installation of a bridge watch equipped with sound powered phones to ensure the safety of companies crossing the bridge; installed sentry shacks on either side for weather protection.


i.     Incorporated a completed recruit dental appointment schedule, to avoid important classes being missed by recruits.



14. Command Enhancements:


a.     98.25% of troubled recruits who attended the Chaplain’s Motivation and Adjustment Program graduated from RTC.


b.     Developed and implemented an extensive High Risk Instructor Certification Program ensuring safe training within areas most susceptible to training mishaps. RTC boasts a perfect safety record for high risk courses in 1991.


c.     Implemented a program to evaluate and monitor high risk courses, conducting over 130 evaluations of high risk areas to ensure conformance to standards.


d.     Established a water marshall monitoring team as part of a highly visible water conservation program. Measures taken led to a 30% reduction in base-wide water use, saving $473,000 annually. (California is in its sixth year of drought).


     e. Capitalized on drawdown period by organizing and coordinating intense professional training and fleet support in concert with SURFPAC, AIRPAC and SUBPAC. To date, 42 staff members are attached to operating units in the SOCAL OPAREA making RTC San Diego a team player; 272 Navy schools have been scheduled and extensive self-help projects have been completed.


f.     Completed overhaul of electrical, plumbing, and cosmetic











work in all spaces. 118 self-help projects are underway. Spaces completed to date saved well over $195,000 (a comparable PWC

price tag).


g.     Created and implemented a Local Area Network system which increased computer support to the command by 175% and conserved 25% administrative manhours through shared data bases.


h.     Opened our firefighting school house one year ahead of schedule through aggressive contractor interface.


i.          Instituted a staff Bus Driver Qualification Program to save thousands of dollars in MWR funds annually (civilian bus drivers cost $30 an hour).


j.        Upgraded and rehabilitated men’s and women’s public restrooms and installed handicapped accessible facilities.


k.     Installed telephones in each new style barrack’s wing to facilitate faster and better communication during emergency situations.


1.     Aggressively pursued personnel and command public recognition through the Fleet Hometown News Release Program. Processed 13,231 press releases for recruits in training.


m.     Published 20 feature articles in the Naval Training Center newspaper THE HOIST.


n.     Certified 498 staff personnel in cardiopu]itionary resuscitation, utilizing our own qualified corpsmen, saving over $12,000 annually.


o.     Developed and implemented a TQL indoctrination presentation to the Company Commander’s Refresher Course.


p.     Trained four staff members as TQL facilitators. Training conducted by the Naval Supply Center, San Diego.


q.     Removed additional defective side walks, then repaired same with an estimated savings to the Navy of $4,500.00 (civilian equivalent).


r.     Procured and installed 15 computers: Recruit Affairs,

Drill, Admin, Training Support Department Director, Scheduling,

Training Support Department Yeoman, Student Control Division,

Management Enhancement Team, CO’s Secretary, Fire Fighting

School, and five Recruit Training Divisions.


s.     Completed local area network (LAN) installation for Administration Department consisting of ten nodes. This will result in a savings of 25% in manhours by utilizing shared data







bases and files.


t.     Installed LAN in Legal, consisting of six nodes.


u.     Developed and implemented an effective Tool Issue Program, minimizing tool loss, safety hazard and inventory.


v.     Conducted a Command Safety Awareness GMT on “Drinking and Driving” prior to Labor Day weekend and 4th of July.


w.     Revised safety instructions/procedures for Recruit Training Command (NAVCRUITRACOMSDIEGOINST 5100. 2G).


x.     Wrote and implemented a Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste training lecture.



15.  Command Special Events:


a.     RTC CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY - Captain Gregg V. Southgate relieved Captain Robert P. McClendon as Commanding Officer, Recruit Training Command, San Diego. (15 Jan 91)


b.          MAKE A WISH -  Hosted a ten-year-old from “Make a Wish Foundation.” He was designated as honorary recruit, recognized at the review, and participated as a member of the reviewing party.


c.     TOTAL QUALITY LEADERSHIP TELECONFERENCE - Hosted a live TQL teleconference via satellite from New York for over 800 visitors, featuring Dr. Edward Deming.


d.     COMBINED USE OF GALLEY BY NTC AND MCRD - Maximized limited resources and inter-service cooperation for a six—month period, feeding Marine and Navy recruits in the same galley.


e.     BELLS ACROSS AMERICA - Held a moving bell ringing memorial ceremony involving recruits from all phases of training and all states of the union to commemorate the 2 16th anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights. (17 Sep 91)



-                    (MTRR) Coordinated and hosted a very successful Maintenance Training Requirement Review which resulted in 39 rewritten LTG’s, 20 new tests, and a new student guide.


g.     AMERICA’S SCHOONER CUP RACE - RTC hosted its own “USS RECRUIT” schooner with Captain Southgate serving as guest skipper during the race. The schooner which placed second carried a specially made USS RECRUIT pennant. (22-24 Mar 91)


h.     USO YELLOW RIBBON RUN - The “Welcome home troops” 5K and






10K run was hosted on board NTC and run through RTC highlighting the headquarters building and the USS RECRUIT. The race hosted

some 800 participants. (25 Aug 91)


i.     2000TH PASS-IN-REVIEW - Recruit Training Command celebrated the graduation of its 2000th Division. Special plans included filming by Navy News this week, a special keepsake program, and VADM Stockdale as Guest of Honor, and RADM Zlatoper, COMCARGRU 7 as the Reviewing Officer. (6 Sep 91).


j.        SAFETY INSPECTION - Completed High Risk Safety inspection 19-21 November. Received satisfactory evaluation with only one discrepancy.




16.  Command Visits Coordinated.


a.     11-15 January: Captain P. Tzomes - CO RTC Great Lakes Visit. Command Orientation Tour to observe Recruit Company Sponsorship, TQL Training Enhancements, and generally all aspects~ of Recruit Training.


b.   14 February: Tour/Orientation for Pacific Beach Beacon.


c.   20 February: Orientation tour for three Japanese Diplomats. The visit focused on quality of life and the training environment, to include our education and training program.


d.     21-22 February: Orientation tour and brief for Commander Florence Beatty, CNET N-65.


e.   22 March: Hosted Boy Scout Troop 105 from Alpine (15 elementary school boys) to lunch in the galley and the recruit review.


f.   11 April: Visit and orientation tour for five Egyptian Naval Officers and a French Army Major.


g.   22 April: AIRPAC PCO/PXO Course first of two half day courses conducted at RTC in conjunction with a week long AIRPAC PCO/PXO Course. RTC hosted 50 Commanders and Lieutenant Commanders to a command orientation briefing, followed by orientation and tour of the Airman Apprentice Training School including tour of Airman labs, and a question and answer period with Airmen in training and Airman school instructors. The tour concluded with lunch in the galley and an inspection/conversation with a recruit company in its barracks.


h.   2-3 May: USS WASP Reunion. 150 former WASP crewmembers featured at the Pass—In-Review. Their group received a mayoral proclamation recognizing the day as “USS WASP DAY.”











i.           9 May: Educator Orientation Visit. 30 city and county

boards of education members and superintendents from across the

United States hosted to a brief orientation of Recruit Training

and a barracks walk through.


j.           30 May: USMEPCOM Command Brief and tour. RTC hosted 30 transportation clerks to a tour and brief of RTC. This tour z provided much needed insight to a group who process new recruits daily, and are faced with various questions regarding facilities and “what bootcamp will be like.”


k.   14 June: CNET, VADM Fetterman visit and presentation of the CNET Company Commander of the year award to TM1 Troy Westphal.


1.   25 June: CNTT, RADM Rich visit and orientation tour.


m.   5 July: Chaplain candidate orientation to Damage Control morning long tour and training evolution for some 50 chaplain candidates on board the USS RECRUIT.


n.   12 July: Chaplain candidates hosted at Pass-In-Review.


o.   24 October: Second PCO/PXO Course at RTC. 45 Commanders and Lieutenant Commanders, hosted as in April.


p.   29 July: Damage control training, briefing and tour provided for 15 Japanese Naval Officers.


q.   4 October: Command Orientation tour and visit for Captain S. Sterling (OP-11B) and Dr. Imelda Idar (OP—1112). The visit focused on remedial training enhancements (AFMET testing, the new NTC Exercise Medicine Clinic, the medical rehabilitation program, FAST, and special training environments).


r.   16 October: Orientation visit and tour for Captain Webster, NTC Chief Staff Officer.


s.     23- 26 October: Orientation visit and tour for Captain Konczey and Mr. Robert Vierkandt from CNTT to observe all aspects of recruit training.


17. Community Involvement:

   a.     Saved the Navy over $150,000 in labor costs by providing 80 Apprentice Training students for the degaussing of USNS JOHN ERICKSON (TAO 145).

    b.   23 January 1991, provided volunteers to assist with the San Diego Yacht Club Wheel Chair Regatta.


c.   6-7 April, provided volunteers to assist with the San Diego Crew Classic. RTC also provided berthing for 150 college crew team members.

d.   27 May, provided volunteers for placement of Memorial Day flags at the Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

e.   23 June, provided volunteers to assist with the St. Vincent De Paul Center international triathalon.

f.   16 - 18 August, provided volunteers to assist at the NAS Miramar Air Show.

g.   21 August, provided volunteers to serve as victims in the NTC Disaster Preparedness Drill.

h.   28 September, provided volunteers to support the Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Parade and Fun Run.



18.  Equal Opportunity Workshops. Recruit Training Command in conjunction with the Naval Training Center attended the 1991 Multicultural Workshop on 1 May 1991. This workshop featured the RTC Executive Officer, Commander Cornelia de Groot Whitehead as a guest speaker on “Managing a diverse work force from a military perspective.”






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