Nation: Shaping Up

The Navy gets tough

Their cadence may still not be perfect, but Navy trainees are once again marching to classes and meals at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

Their hands snap salutes to officers, and none of them can leave the base out of uniform. For the 8,000 trainees at the base, located on Lake Michigan about 35 miles north of Chicago's Loop, the watchword has now become the venerable Navy saw:

SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT.

This is quite a change from the college campus atmosphere that was established at the center in the early 1970s to make Navy life more attractive to...

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