Former location Naval Training Center Orlando
Currently being developed as Baldwin park but there was a time when this huge field- affectionatly known as the Grinder- held hundreds of recruits being cycled for one infraction or another.
Lake Eola (3.21 mi / 5.17 km)
Citrus Bowl (stadium) (4.85 mi / 7.80 km)
Holy Land Experience (8.17 mi / 13.15 km)
Baseball fields (8.19 mi / 13.18 km)
Mall At Millenia (8.57 mi / 13.79 km)
Universal Studios (10.60 mi / 17.06 km)
Wet N Wild (11.26 mi / 18.12 km)
Mormon Temple (11.47 mi / 18.46 km)
SeaWorld Orlando (13.80 mi / 22.21 km)
TRANSIENT: Orca whales at Sea World (13.92 mi / 22.40 km)
From: kizzfrkI am a former Recruit of the "Former Naval Station Training center in Orlando (Winter Park) Florida. I Attended in 1981. I was shocked to see that it's Gone. Please, I Have 2 favors to ask. 1. It was not a place for PUNISHMENT (infraction as stated). It was normal Basic 8 week boot camp just like U.S. Naval Recruit basic training command Great Lakes" or the same in San Diego, Califorinia. I recieved my 8 week basic training in Orlando with no INFRACTIONS!!! Please CORRECT this ERROR For a U.S. Serviceman. it's an embarrassment!!
Fri Aug 31 17:08:00 -0700 2007
2. is there any way to outline where the boundries of the base were? thanks.
Earl L. Hayes III
From: ContentdawgggAs a graduate of RTC Orlando, also in 1981, I can attest that the GRINDER was not used as punishment per se. It was where recruits learned how to march, and then if not done correctly, you may be doing some pushups. Orlando in July and August is a hot place and the asphalt even more so. But the " punishment" was both 2 hour ( mini) and 4 hour " motivational" tours conducted in front of the barracks on the quad. If there is any of my old shipmates from RTC Orlando ( Started boot Camp on 22 July 81, MMC Robinson and OS1 Conners were the Co. Cammanders ) out there, drop me a note. Look forward to hearing from ya.
Wed Apr 22 08:03:59 -0700 2009
From: sprhrntcdrMy Navy Career Started at RTC Orlando, I remember the Month of June and into July 1980 quite warm, and to a Young 18 year old the Military was a wake up. I never regret having joined the Navy. I had the Opportunity to later move up to the Commisioned Ranks, and be rewarded with the opportunity to Fly the Best Fighter and Strike/Fighter jets in the World. After a 27 year Career as a Naval Aviator and Having Retired as a Captain, I would do it all over again. I made countless friends over the years, seen many move up the ranks, and experienced the loss of Dedicated Individuals in the line of their duties. I Salute to all having served before me those still serving and those who one day wil serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Tue May 25 20:33:03 -0700 2010
From: vincekCo 429, 1975 - As much as we may have disliked things in boot camp, I can say some of my best memories come from boot camp. Still friends with a couple. Sad to see it go but some people thought it wasn't needed any longer.
Thu Jun 21 09:43:13 -0700 2012
From: Will001Went thru in June 82 company 188 w/ Senior Chief Laflour. Here for my daughters volleyball tourney. Driving around looking for the place, haven't been here in 30 years. Still remember someone yelling at me for stepping on his bright work and didn't know what it meant. Still fold my skivvies thin, thick, thick, thin. Great memories.
Tue Jun 26 12:08:21 -0700 2012
From: bigronfhWas in Co. 162 in June - July, 1982. Contracted meningitis & spent 4 weeks in base hospital. Anybody else from that unit, please contact me.
Fri Sep 21 21:58:49 -0700 2012
From: artmidwifeI went through here in April 1973. Ours was the 31st company of women. I was on the drill team and performed at two graduations before my own. It was hot as hell in April and May, I can't even imagine August. If we maintained a certain gpa we got to go to Disneyworld. We did, however, have to wear our uniform. Our company had 2 of the most insane company commanders. They did "tear ups" of the barracks while we were in class. We would come home to insanity......red koolaid on the grout, orange wax drawings on the painted cinder block walls. But I do have memories of the music.....Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree, getting a "V" shaped tan line from the garrison cap, and the friends. It was a scary time and I made it through. I am so sad to see the place disappearing.
Sat Mar 30 00:27:32 -0700 2013