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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Orlando in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)


Naval Training Center Orlando

Graduation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, November 20, 2021
1. Graduation Marker
Dedication and Hard Work Pay Off
Graduation occurred after eight weeks of intensive training. Brother and Sister Companies conducted a Pass in Review for the official party, typically a high-ranking Naval Officer or a congressman. If they could attend, friends and family looked on with great emotion and pride. The Navy Band was an important feature of graduation, playing spirited military music such as the “Blue Jacket March” and “Anchors Aweigh.” After graduation, you were officially a United States Navy Sailor, part of a unique and important group of people in America’s history. The recruit arrived as an individual, and left as part of a larger team.

After graduation, most sailors received transfer orders to “A” school where they were taught the technical part of their job. Some Sailors were sent directly to ships where they could “strike” for a rating (choose a field of work).

Graduation ceremonies were usually held on Fridays. The ‘Pass in Review,’ as the ceremonies were called, included the Navy Band, honor guard, and the flag team all of which performed while each company marched before the
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review stand.

After Graduation
Many Sailors later work in high risk environments. Following regulations are important for safety and efficiency in the Fleet.

Some of the jobs are:
• Loading ordinance
• Plane captains of multi-million dollar aircraft
• Watch standers for nuclear power plants
• Security
• Fueling
• Sensor operators on different aircraft or helicopters • Complex equipment maintenance and repair

Inspections are held throughout basic training and remain a constant part part of military life.

• Teach discipline and job skills
• Instill respect, confidence and pride
• Create accountability
• Promote mission readiness

As you read this, look out over Blue Jacket Park and imagine the thousands of Sailors that walked on this historic ground.
Erected by City of Orlando.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationMilitaryWomen.
Location. 28° 34.491′ N, 81° 20.268′ W. Marker is in Orlando, Florida, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from General Rees Avenue, 0.1 miles north of Lower Park Road, on the
Graduation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, November 20, 2021
2. Graduation Marker
right when traveling north. Marker located within Blue Jacket Park and is placed on the site of the former Orlando Naval Training Center parade grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3720 Lower Park Rd, Orlando FL 32814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Honoring Women Sailors of the Navy’s First Co-Ed Boot Camp (here, next to this marker); Day in the Life of a Recruit (here, next to this marker); Arrival at Recruit Training Command Orlando (here, next to this marker); Blue Jacket Recruit Bronze Statue Honoring Our Women Sailors (here, next to this marker); A City Within A City (here, next to this marker); The Navy & Marine Corps in Orlando Today (here, next to this marker); Military Site History (here, next to this marker); The Lone Sailor Memorial of Central Florida (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orlando.
Also see . . .  Naval Training Center Orlando. (Submitted on November 29, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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