We were all comparing bootcamp and HT “A” school experiences in the shop the other day. Here is the then(1999-2000 vs 2001 and onward).
Bootcamp has a thing called Battle Stations. 13 events culled from the pages of Navy history involving physical exertion. We had to double time all over the base in the dead of night for those thirteen stations. The newer guys have it all in one building. Now for the engineering school. We had 3 weeks of basic engineering aka Fireman Apprenticeship Trainer Deck(FN ATD) or Common Core. Tools and their abuses, pumps, valves, schematics, egress. All the stuff engineers should know. Very hands on. Three weeks. Eight more weeks of HT school. One day of class, the rest of hands on every week. Class was geared toward safety. “The shear can cut metal. It will amputate your finger without second thought.” Now all engineering rates learn all modules on computers except for a few weeks. I didn’t know you could learn how to weld or fight fires on a computer. Pussification if you ask me.