What’s was wish to go to Yeoman “A” College Coaching.
I arrived at Meridian, Mississippi, for Yeoman “A” College Coaching, they known as it. It was purported to be a few months lengthy college, the place they educate you all the right methods, to kind up Navy correspondence, and different paper work.
I arrived in the midst of the night time to my new responsibility station. The way in which the dorm rooms had been arrange, there have been three guys to a room, and four rooms per frequent space, with sitting tables, TV, and stuff like that, that was like our lounge. I bear in mind a very large fats man, yelling on the high of his lungs, “fresh meat”, he was yelling. Fortunately for me, that jerk was simply on his method out, and I didn’t should put up for him very lengthy in any respect.
I bear in mind, going the primary day, down to high school. First, you needed to fall consistent with everybody else. The entire college marched from the barracks, right down to the college, in a navy order. Down on the college, they had been going to show us the right way to kind, to start out off with. I had had, a typing class in highschool, however I by no means truly realized to kind one phrase on the typewriter. The trainer was good to me, and gave me a D-, simply so I may move the category. However this was the Navy, and I am positive they anticipated me to learn to kind. There was no method round studying to kind, it needed to be executed. I realized to kind the proper method, and at a sure pace, in about 2 weeks.
The way in which the Navy teaches you to kind, is that they present you a film in the dead of night, and conceal your key board out of your eyes. They flip the lights off, they usually present you these Navy motion pictures, which are about two weeks lengthy. Every couple of hour film exhibits you the right way to kind completely different phrases, and earlier than it, the film is finished, and you know the way to kind in your sleep. You achieve this a lot repetitive typing, that you find yourself doing it in your sleep, it appears, and you’ve got to have the ability to kind a certain quantity of phrases, per minute, with a purpose to graduate from the category, and transfer on to your subsequent responsibility station.
Moreover the day after day studying in school, about doing paper work the proper method, and stuff like that. Yeoman college was just about similar to another college, you’d be taught stuff at. Besides right here, you wore a uniform, and needed to get into formation every morning, and hearken to issues being advised to you.
You possibly can just about do what you wished, after college every day. You had been allowed to do what you wished just about, however you weren’t allowed to go away the bottom, and go into city. I used to be in Meridian for about two months, however I didn’t have a lot likelihood, to see a variety of completely different components of the city, just a few instances, after they allow us to out on liberty name.
In school, most individuals are coming and going, on the brink of ship out, to new responsibility stations. Folks had been getting assigned orders to every kind of unique sounding in locations. They’ve a factor within the Navy, that they name the “dream sheet”, the place you decide three locations you prefer to your subsequent new responsibility station to be. The Navy says they may attempt to get you one among your dream responsibility stations, or as near one among them, as they will.
I picked Australia, the Philippines, and Hawaii. The Navy ended up giving me orders to a ship that was stationed in Guam. I had by no means heard of Guam earlier than. I needed to go look it up on the map. It was about proper in the midst of all three of my responsibility station choices, however simply not one among them. However going to my new ship, would nonetheless come later. I nonetheless needed to end yeoman college, and graduate from it first. Some folks may by no means get the cling of typing, at a sure pace. They ended up having to drop the college, and decide one other job to coach for.
College was nonetheless a recent place for most individuals. We had simply completed boot camp, and was studying to have extra freedom given to us, and lots much less yelling happening, like boot camp had. A number of the characters, within the items we had been berthed in, had been simply plain loopy.
The constructing Unit we had been all residing in, was three tales tall, and had numerous folks residing in it. A number of the folks that had been residing in our unit, had been ready to be discharged from the Navy, for numerous causes. In one among rooms that was immediately beneath us, was some flamboyant gays residing. They had been so outrageously homosexual, and flamboyant about it, like Liberace. A black and a white man.
The Navy was discharging them each, for being brazenly homosexual. They had been concerning the gayest guys I had ever seen, and I feel they could of been the primary ones I’ve ever seen, in actual life, in addition to on TV. I used to be from a small city, they may of really been doing one of the best darn act, to get out of the Navy, however I do not assume so, no man would go threw that.
On one of many days, that I used to be assigned my first watch, it was to be with a accomplice. We’d be a roving patrol for the college grounds for 4 hours. After I confirmed up for my watch, I used to be partnered up with a lady, that was going to be a yeoman additionally.
As we walked round for our four hours on watch time, we did the standard stuff. Simply strolling round, and ensuring nothing was unsuitable. My new accomplice I had simply met, was asking me, what varieties of medication I appreciated to do. I advised her my experiences that I had with medicine, and it was restricted, after which she advised me hers. I had by no means heard of a few of the medicine she was speaking about, again then anyway. Now a days, the stuff she stated is in every single place, however she was from town, and stated she beloved it, and did it on a regular basis, and I didn’t even know what she was speaking about. That was actually the primary lady I had ever talked to, who wore a uniform similar to mine, and I questioned what sort of ladies be a part of the Navy?
Whereas I used to be nonetheless stationed at yeoman coaching college, we received one other paycheck. Impulsively, I had a variety of extra cash, and I didn’t owe anyone any of it. I used to be taking a look at a bulletin board someplace, and I observed this bike on the market, for $500. It was one of many employees members who was stationed on the bottom, and likewise lived on the bottom, however simply labored elsewhere.
College students weren’t allowed to go away the bottom, until they had been on liberty. I purchased and paid for the bike, with nearly all the cash, from the paycheck I had simply acquired. The man I purchased the bike from, additionally gave me a variety of additional components, like an additional gasoline tank, gasoline can, oil, these kinds of issues, you get with a motorcycle once you purchase it typically. I parked the bike within the parking zone of the barracks. I used to be going to maintain the bike, only for me to journey round with, on base, simply whereas I used to be in school, after which eliminate it. I put all the additional components, gasoline, oil, and many others… in my storage locker that stands up like a small arise closet, that you’re supposed to maintain your gown uniforms in.
Sooner or later, the employees stated, they had been going to have a shock inspection, to see how issues had been going. We by no means had any inspections earlier than on the college, so this was new to me once more.
Once they are available in to examine, they name “attention on deck”, and you’re purported to cease what you’re doing, and stand at consideration, till somebody yells, “carry on”. They’d us all line up in entrance of our lockers, at consideration, they usually had been opening up every locker, and seeing how the blokes garments had been put away, after which they got here to mine.
Once they received to my garments locker to examine, and I opened it up for them, they first noticed all these gasoline cans, oil cans, bike components and extra, they didn’t know what to assume. They needed to name in particular folks, to see concerning the fireplace hazard. I used to be advised to get every thing out of my locker, and I used to be advised I used to be not allowed to personal a motorbike on base. I ended up eliminating it to a different employees member for $50, that knew I used to be in a bind.
I did get to journey it across the base, and it was lacking the muffler, and it was loud, it wasn’t a Harley, however you can hear me coming. When different guys had been within the frequent space, simply sitting round, watching TV, I had been out after college, driving round on my bike, testing the bottom, on my bike I used to be not purported to have.
On the finish of the college commencement, they let the scholars exit into city. Earlier than you’re allowed to exit into city, on liberty name, you’re advised what to anticipate, and what to do, and to not do, to remain out of hassle. They stated that the city folks, do probably not just like the Navy folks, so watch out if you are on the town, to keep away from any fights.
All of us went to one of the crucial frequent identify model bars on the town, the place it was just about all guys and ladies from the bottom, to not many locals hanging out. It was going to show into an enormous meat market. Everybody may lastly shack up with anybody they wished to from college, that you can not do at school, or on the barracks. Any male, or feminine, caught in every othe’s rooms in school, was known as fraternization, and was very critical, and will get you kicked out of the Navy. Out on the town, all people ended up with somebody, and everybody rented rooms for the night time.
College was over, and it was time to hitch the “regular navy” as they known as it, and the common Navy, meant ships and sea, and going to different nations.
I took my first depart of absence from the Navy, earlier than going to, and reporting for responsibility, to my first ship. I wore my gown uniform, as I used to be required to do, and I rode a greyhound bus, from Meridian, Mississippi, to Detroit, Michigan. It was one of many longest rides, I had ever taken on a bus. It should of stopped at each hen farm ranch, alongside the way in which. After I lastly received again to Michigan, I used to be useless beat drained from the bus. I stayed residence at my sister’s home for about 10 days.
It was time to go to my first “real” responsibility station. My first actual responsibility station, was a submarine tender, named the united statesPROTEUS (AS-19) that had a bit of greater than 1,300 folks on it. 6 of the crew member had been girls, all officer girls. Half of them can be working in my division.