Training Center Yorktown
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United States Coast Guard
An aerial view of the Training Center
|Country||United States of America|
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The US Coast Guard Training Center (TRACEN) in Yorktown, Virginia is one of eight major Coast Guard training facilities in the United States. The others are Training Center Petaluma, Training Center Cape May, Aviation Training Center, located in Mobile, AL, Leadership Development Center, located in New London, CT, Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, located in Charleston, SC, Special Missions Training Center, Camp LeJeune, NC and the Aviation Technical Training Center, located in Elizabeth City. TRACEN Cape May is the only US Coast Guard Base used for Basic Military Training or "boot camp". TRACEN Yorktown, TRACEN Petaluma, Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, and the Aviation Technical Training Center are locations for Coast Guard's apprentice level "A" and advanced level "C" Schools.
The US Coast Guard offers seven "A" school courses at TRACEN Yorktown.
- Intelligence Specialist
- Gunner's Mate
- Electrician's Mate
- Boatswain's Mate
- Marine Science Technician
- Machinery Technician
- Damage Controlman
The US Coast Guard offers opportunities for foreign Coast Guard members to experience US military training. This training enhances military skills and advances technical understanding. This International training is 15 weeks long.
TRACEN Yorktown History
In 1917, The US Navy purchased 400,000 acres of the Yorktown peninsula to serve as a fuel depot. In 1942 the US Navy housed their Mine Warfare Training School on the land. The US Coast Guard took possession of the school in 1957 and established the Reserve Training Center or RTC. The purpose of the RTC was to become the home of Coast Guard Officer Candidate School (which moved to the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT in 1998) and formally as a large summer training program for reservists. In 1998 the command was renamed Training Center Yorktown.
Training at TRACEN Yorktown is extensive. The training is designed to instill a profound understanding of technical and leadership skills in order to perform duties in a leadership role as a Petty Officer. The duration of "A" School training is typically 10 to 19 weeks depending on the course. Permanently assigned personnel include active duty, reserve, and civilian instructional, curriculum design and support staff. Students include Coast Guard active duty, reservist, and Auxiliarist. Additionally, TRACEN Yorktown provides training to other US military services and agencies, and foreign militaries and Coast Guards.
The Coast Guard is unique in that all other military branches have large bases with many services. The Coast Guard has many small stations that do not have those services. However, there are a few bases that the Coast Guard operate with all the services that other branches have on their bases. TRACEN Yorktown is one of those bases.
The Training Center has a number of services:
- Auto Hobby Shop
- Barber Shop
- Credit Union
- Cyber Cafe
- Dry Cleaner
- Coast Guard Exchange
- Dining Facility
All students reporting to TRACEN Yorktown will receive instruction on base policies during indoctrination and must follow the instructions provided on their official orders. "C" School students will report to Lafayette or Cain Hall, depending on their paygrade, for room assignments.