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TRAINING IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA Naval training bulletin, June 1951 Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : Bureau of Naval Personnel
Decontamination exercise, part of the Chemical Warfare Course available at the Damage Control Training Center, Treasure Island. [p. 19]

TRAINING IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA pp 17-26 Naval training bulletin, June 1951 Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : Bureau of Naval Personnel


A WIDE variety of schools and training facilities are located in the San Francisco area. Fortunately, for those who enjoy the world renowned liberty of the City by the Golden Gate, the majority of the schools are located on Treasure Island, only 10 minutes to relaxation from the grind of studies.

For convenience, the training facilities and schools available to naval commands in this area are given below in alphabetical order, along with pertinent details.

Cargo Handling
Regular Course
The address of the school is U. S. Naval School, Cargo Handling, Naval Supply Center, Oakland, California. For information, call the Administrative Officer, telephone TWinoaks 3-4224, extension 679.

This course includes training in general transportation and shipping duties in various categories of shiploading and discharging; marine technical operation; air, rail, truck, and ocean traffic; and air cargo-terminal operation.

Personnel eligible are officers, primarily Supply Corps, although a limited number of line and other staff corps officers whose duties involve cargo handling will be accommodated.
Length of course is six months. Convening date is 8 October 1951.
Classification of school is Officer-Technical.
Quota control is by Bupers via BuSand A.


(Chemical Warfare is listed under Damage Control.)
(CIC is listed under Reserve Training Facility.)
(Communications Monitoring System is listed under Reserve Training Facility.)

Damage Control Training Center

The following courses of instruction are offered by the U.S. Naval Damage Control Training Center:

  1. Basic Damage Control Course (7-8 weeks)
  2. PCO and PXO Damage Control Course (1 week)
  3. Radiological Defense Course (6 weeks)
  4. Chemical Warfare, Radiological Defense, and Associated Subjects Course (2-3 weeks)
  5. Class A Damage Controlman School (16 weeks)
  6. Fire Fighting Courses (2 days, 5 days, 6 weeks)
  7. Joint Radiac Maintenance Course (4 weeks)
  8. Reserve Officer and Enlisted Training Courses | 2 weeks)

Details governing the above courses are covered in the following paragraphs.
The Damage Control Section offers a variety of courses designed for the theoretical and practical in-

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struction of officer and enlisted personnel in all phases of shipboard control of damage.

Courses available and quota control activities are as follows:

  1. One-week Prospective Commanding Officer/ Prospective Executive Officer Damage Control Courses for those officers tentatively assigned to such duties.

Classes convene 4, 18 June;-2, 16. 30 July; 13, 27 August: 10, 24 September: 8, 22 October: 5, 19 November: 3 December 1951.

A quota may be obtained from Commander, Fleet Training Command, San Diego, California.

  1. Eight-week Basic Damage Control Course for officers and chief petty officers, who must be cleared to receive information in accordance with paragraph 4, subparagraph (b) (2) of Chief of Naval Personnel letter Pers Cl223-bs of 10 October 1950. The course consists of: (a) four weeks of basic damage control which includes classroom instruction in organization and functions of the damage control repair party, training, damage control bills, ship structure, piping system, equipment, buoyancy and stability, practical instruction in shallow water diving repairs, shoring, welding, and burning. It culminates in a two-hour battle problem on the floating trainer Buttercup, where actual material casualties occur, such as actual flooding, fires, ruptured piping, and electric power failure. (b) Three-weeks of chemical warfare, radiological defense. and associated subjects. (c) One-week of fire fighting. (See Fire Fighting five-day course.)

This course is especially recommended for all officers assigned to duty as Assistant Damage Control Officers and chief petty officers of the damage control organization.

Students may be ordered for any part of the eight-week course.

Classes convene 4, 18 June; 2, 16, 30 July; 13, 27 August: 10, 24 September: 8, 22 October: 5, 19 November 1951.

A quota may be obtained from Commander. Fleet Training Command, San Diego, California.

The Radiological Defense Department is one section of the U.S. Naval Damage Control Training Center. This department is responsible for conducting the following courses:

  1. A six-week course for the Radiological Defense Officers of naval ships, stations, yards, bases, districts. etc., and parallel billets for the other services. The mission of this course is to graduate students capable of: (a) advising the Commanding Officer of the It culminates in a two-hour effects of atomic nuclear weapons; (b) advising the Commanding Officer on the methods of controlling radiological hazards; (c) planning and preparing a command in the Radiological Defense aspects of an atomic or nuclear weapons attack.
    (a) Be designated for a billet which includes major concern with matters of radiological defense.
    (b) Minimum educational background equivalent to that of a high school graduate with a minimum of one year of high school algebra; or equivalent experience.
    (c) Be cleared to receive information in classifications up to and including secret.
    The lowering of the educational prerequisites is under consideration.
    Convening dates of this course are 4 June, 23 July.
    10 September, 29 October 1951.
    The course listed above is comprised of descriptions of the effects of atomic or nuclear weapons, methods and means of preparing for an attack by these weapons. and methods and means of restoring the command to an operational status following attack.
  2. A four-week Course for Instructors in the Maintenance of Radiac Equipment. The mission of this course is to enable the graduates to instruct in and maintain radiac instruments. Those eligible are officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians, with a background in electronics, physics, engineering, or equivalent experience, who will be assigned as instructors in radiac maintenance.
    Convening dates of this course are 4 June, 9 July. 20 August, 1 October, 12 November 1951.
    This course is a detailed indoctrination in the description, operation, and capabilities of the radiac instruments presently available to the Armed Forces: and instruction is offered to personnel concerned with these duties.
    The Associated Training Department is responsible for the training of officers, chief petty officers, and key civilians who have been selected by their Commanding Officers to conduct courses for other personnel at their ship or station, on basic defensive techniques in chemical warfare, biological warfare, and basic radiological defense.
    This training is an integral part of the eight-week Basic Damage Control Course, but students may be specifically ordered for the three-week course in the Associated Training Department.
    Convening dates of this course are 4 June, 25 June. 23 July, 13 August, 10 September, 1 October, 29 October, 19 November 1951.
    Quotas may be obtained from the Administration Officers. U.S. Naval Damage Control Training Center.

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JUNE 1951

U.S. Naval Station, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California.

The Class A Damage Controlman School, which was established 14 May 1951, is for selected recruits, fleet nonrated Damage Controlman strikers, and Damage Controlmen third class; and is designed to provide training in the technical qualifications required for Damage Controlman third and second class.

The course prepares the trainees in the general knowledge, theory, techniques, and basic skills required for fire fighting, carpentry, and painting: in practical damage control, chemical warfare, and monitoring for radiological defense duties.

Instruction consists of classroom and shop instruction in all the phases of Damage Control aboard ship. Major emphasis is given to the theory of learning by doing, and the curriculum is designed with the practical phases highlighted.

The course is of 16 weeks’ duration and convenes every two weeks on Mondays. Graduates are assigned to various ships of the Fleet or returned to their respective ships if attending on a returnable quota basis.

Quotas are allocated by the Chief of Naval Personnel to Service Force commanders.

The classes taught at the Fire Fighters School are:

  1. Two-day Course in Fire Fighting which covers the proper way to use fire fighting equipment, including handy billies, P-500 pumps, foam (mechanical and chemical), and the use of O.B.A.’s in smoke-filled compartments. The course consists of practical instruction in the types, use, and field technique of combatting all classes of fires.
    Classses convene Mondays and Wednesdays.
  2. Five-day Course in Fire Fighting which includes material covered by the two-day course plus velocity




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