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Blue Jacket Recruit Bronze Statue Honoring Our Women Sailors

Naval Training Center Orlando

 
 
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Photographed By Brandon D Cross, November 20, 2021
1. Blue Jacket Recruit Bronze Statue Honoring Our Women Sailors Marker
Inscription.  
Meet Sparky
Our statue is the first of its kind. It was locally designed and fabricated, and was installed on March 21, 2018 on the 101st anniversary of the first woman to enlist in the Navy. she stands 6’7” to match the scale of The Lone Sailor and weighs 330 pounds.

She carries a Navy cutlass sword, marking her as a leader of recruits, and has brass relics from seven famous Navy ships welded inside her.

She is historically accurate and ready for inspection! Note details such as stitching on her boots, sewing on her rating patch, tiny anchors in anchors in her buttons, and the cutlass web belt.

Historic Facts
• RTC Orlando led the the way to gender integrated Fleet as the Navy’s first co-ed boot camp. More than 188,000 women graduated from here until RTC Orlando closed in 1995.

• Prior to 1974, all women were trained separately and were very restricted in jobs they could hold in the Fleet. Today every job is open to women.

• The term “Blue Jacket” is still used today and refers to enlisted Sailors. Her nickname is “Sparky,” used in the Fleet for Sailors
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who work with radios and electrical gear. See if you can find where she wrote her nickname!

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Follow along to see how this recruit was made:

Early concept drawing.

Step 1: 12” clay concept Model is created.

Step 2: Scaled up to 6’7” in hand carved foam.

Step 3: Clay covers foam and every detail is perfected.

Step 4: Molds are made and bronze is cast in pieces. She includes historic Navy artifacts from seven ships.

Step 5: Her finish is transformed to a weathered patina, and approved by Artist J. Don Reynolds.

 
Erected 2018 by The Central Florida Council of the U.S. Navy League.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicMilitaryWaterways & VesselsWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is March 21, 2018.
 
Location. 28° 34.491′ N, 81° 20.266′ W. Marker is in Orlando, Florida, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from General Rees Avenue north of Lower Park Road, on the 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: 2501 General Rees Avenue, Orlando FL 32814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Blue Jacket Recruit Bronze Statue Honoring Our Women Sailors Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, November 20, 2021
2. Blue Jacket Recruit Bronze Statue Honoring Our Women Sailors Marker
within walking distance of this marker. The Navy & Marine Corps in Orlando Today (here, next to this marker); Honoring Women Sailors of the Navy’s First Co-Ed Boot Camp (here, next to this marker); Graduation (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); A City Within A City (a few steps from this marker); Military Site History (a few steps from this marker); The Lone Sailor Memorial of Central Florida (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orlando.
 
Also see . . .  Statue of female sailor at Blue Jacket Park honors Navy legacy, women who served at sea. (Submitted on December 3, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
The Blue Jacket Recruit bronze statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, November 20, 2021
3. The Blue Jacket Recruit bronze statue
The Lone Sailor and The Blue Jacket Recruit bronze statues image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, November 20, 2021
4. The Lone Sailor and The Blue Jacket Recruit bronze statues
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 3, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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