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United States Navy training
Boot Camp - Great Lakes,  Illinois (13 weeks?) (May 1971-August 1971)
     Boot camp was standard regardless of what rate you were going to become in the Navy. It was basically a time where they attempted to break you down and remake you in their image as well as train you in Navy requirements. "There's the right way, the wrong way and the Navy way." Tear gas was fun, so was fire fighting without a canister for your OBA (Oxygen Breathing Aparatus). The Blue Jackets Manual, General Orders of a Sentry and marching were also big on the agenda. Being advanced electronics (a 6 yr commitment) at completion of Boot Camp you were promoted to Seaman (E-3)
CSTSC  (Combat Systems Technician Schools Command) Mare Island, California (Aug 1971-May 1975)
BEEP (Basic Electricity & Electronics Program) (6 weeks) (class standing #1)
Most the Data Systems Technicians at the time were attending a self paced program in San Diego. I attended an FT (Fire Control Technician) BEEP at Mare Island with a fixed course time and platform instructor. Basic electronics components, such as resistors, coils, capacitors diodes and tubes. Ohms law, parallel and series components equations and things lost in the recesses of my mind.
A -  School  (42 weeks 1971-72) (class standing #1)
A-1 phase (18 weeks) A-1 was a continuation of basic electricity & electronics. The course included synchros, servos and motor generators as well a basic tube and transistor theory and operation. Also included were Nodal analysis, Boolean algebra and basic programming on a  UDT (Univac Digital Trainer). After successful completion of A-1 phase you were promoted to DS3 (Data Systems 3rd class Petty Officer (E-4))
A-2 phase (24 weeks) got into theory of operation and repair of specific shipboard computer equipment such as the CP-642A  (Univac 1212), CP642B (Univac 1206) and CP-789 (Univac 1218) as well as RD-243 magnetic tape drive, RD-231 paper tape punch/reader and UGC-13 modified teletype.
C -  School - Hughes Aircraft Company Display School (15 weeks 1972)
     Tactical computerized radar display consoles and their support equipment. I didn't have Navy instructors. Three Hughes Aircraft Instructors taught a pilot course. (Steve Scroggins, Ron High & Mike Lapola) 
C - School - KCMX and Conversion (6 weeks? 1975)
     This was a class I was assigned to before going to my ship the USS Worden in Yokosuka, Japan. Equipment used in converting Analog to Digital and Digital to Analog. Interfacing Digital NTDS (Naval Tactical Data Systems) to analog interfaces. KCMX (Keyset Central Multiplexor) main function was digitizing synchro and analog signals.
C -  School - Hughes RMU   (Refresh Memory Unit) (2 weeks 1976)
     This was a school I went to when my ship was being fitted with the unit in a 10 month yard period. Added a memory unit between the mainframe computers and the tactical display system.


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