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Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California

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Boot Camp Summer of 1977

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Boot Camp Oct. 79

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RTC San Diego

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Comment by Thomas Collier on January 25, 2017 at 9:39am

Haven't checked in myself for some time.

Been to San Diego 4 times last year and always make it a "must," to drive through the Depot for "old times sake." Lots of memories,left there in 1961 but always seem to come back for a visit.

Comment by H. Buning on January 24, 2017 at 10:24pm

I haven't checked in for a while, don't really have a good reason (awol, LoL)

I went through San Diego RTC in 1972, Co. 086. CC was SH1 Kirkeby, a tough SEAL, and a very effective instructor.

Comment by Donald Bruce Davis on January 18, 2017 at 7:37pm

RTC San Diego 1962. Company 62-281. Arrived Memorial Day weekend 1962, graduated August. Declined "A" school, (like an idiot), and spent first six months at Naval Station San Diego mothball fleet as a mess cook. Ordered to VF-213 at Miramar NAS. Served several months compartment cleaning, and finally asked if I'd like to wash airplanes or work in office as PN or YN. Opted for PN. Made Wespac cruise 1963 aboard USS Hancock operating out of Subic Bay, PI. At sea when receiving word that JFK had been killed. Completed tour of active duty in 1965.

After several years of civilian life, and getting married, decided to re-enlist in the TAR program 1970. Requested change of rate and attended AE "A" school in Jacksonville, FL. Assigned to VP-64 at NAS Willow Grove, PA. 

Three children later, and stuck at AE2, decided to get out in 1975. Needless to say I'm envious of those of you who gutted it out to retirement. In hind sight, wish I had stayed in to retirement. Never had a job I liked half as much as being in the Navy.

Curious to know if anyone out there has a similar story, or can relate to mine.

Comment by rAY kELLER on January 10, 2017 at 11:48pm
I was fortunate enough to have been at RTC San Diego Jan. - Mar. of '90.
Div. 6 Comp. 073
Comment by Alton Ray Adams on January 10, 2017 at 2:24pm

Gregory Fessia, the CPO style enlisted uniform came into being around 1974-75 replacing the cracker jack style.The rank and hash marks was worn on the left sleeve. The white shirt worn under the suit coat had no rank on it. The summer dress was a short sleeve white shirt with white trousers and combination cover. The new uniforms were a polyester blend and hell to take care of. The peacoat was issued in boot camp with the new uniform with silver buttons. A directive sent out to have the old black buttons removed and replaced with the silver ones. This is one thing I personally did not do.  A few years later the dress blue uniform was changed back to the cracker jack style using a new wool material. As far as the CNO it was either Zumwalt or his predecessor. Hope this helps.

Comment by Charles D. "Chuck" Harris on December 7, 2016 at 2:24pm

Just rechecking if anyone online was at RTC in the summer of 1973. Petty Officer Christenson was the duty officer. He was a submariner. Check out my pictures in my gallery and drop a note. 

Comment by James E Evans jr on April 17, 2016 at 2:07pm
Oh yeah I went to Boot in San Diego, 1969 - July, August, September, meanwhile Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, Charles Mason & friends were in the news broadcast by Wolfman Jack, and I missed Woodstock ! On a more serious note, I remember the Marines over across the fence running with full gear in that heat of southern cal, I often wonder how many of those boys never went home after VietNam, one of my best friends Glenn Edward Bundy lost his life 2/28/1970. I joined the Navy to try to stay away from Nam Glenn was drafted into the Marines, they didn't make their enlistment quota that month, what a twist of fate. anyway back to RTC-NTC San Diego, my Company was 69-526, Ship fitter 1st class Hall, a tin-can sailor and the meanest commander to ever push a company, he beat everyone one of us at one time or another, my favorite cadence was "you had a good home and you left - you're right !" I am 65 years old now, and I would go back and do it all over again if I could.
Comment by Gregory C Fessia on April 13, 2016 at 6:47pm

I have a couple questions that I hope some of you might be able to answer.  I am a Navy veteran 1988-1995 and also a college student.  I am writing a paper on the history of enlisted Navy uniforms.  I am well versed on the white hat, jumpers, neckerchief as well as the summer white(short sleeve) and the winter working(Johnny Cash/Gestapo) uniforms.  I am knowledgeable about the peacoat and other outerwear.  I was at the end of my enlistment when the Navy authorized E1-E6 to wear the tuxedo looking mess dress uniforms and I made sure that I got myself some of those too.  The only part of my research paper that has holes in it is when the enlisted E1-E6 male personnel were able to wear the CPO style uniforms with certain differences.  I have seen some photos where petty officers and junior enlisted (E1-E3) have been in those double-breasted suits with the silver buttons and combination covers with the eagle and USN hat device on them.  I have seen pictures with sailors wearing the summer white shirt and winter working blue trousers as some kind of mix and match uniform.  The questions that I need answers to are 1) Did sailors E1-E6 have a summer dress white uniform and 2) When sailors were wearing the CPO style dress blue uniform, did they wear any rank on the button-up dress white shirt like collar devices, soft shoulder boards or sewn on the left sleeve like what is done on all other uniforms?  Another question is, did the peacoats have the traditional black plastic buttions with the foul anchor or did the peacoats have the silver buttons that were on the dress blue jacket?  Also, who was the CNO that authorized the change to these uniforms and when?

Comment by Thomas Collier on June 26, 2015 at 2:40pm

What company Seth? I was in 040

Comment by Seth Rossman on June 26, 2015 at 12:23pm

Boot Camp August 11, 1961


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