THE NOTION OF “NAVAL PETTY OFFICER” IN TURKISH NAVY AND HISTORY OF PETTY OFFICER SCHOOLS

1.OTTOMAN PERIOD


The history of Petty Officer class in Turkish Navy dates back to very old times. Petty Officers serve in both shore and off-shore units as combatant or non-combatant branches. Their importance and contributions are undisputable for their services regarding technical, administrative, medical and military band issues in Turkish Navy. According to Ottoman period records the “Petty Officer” class has been called many different names such as corporal, sergeant, master sergeant, master corporal1, küçükzabit2, gedikli3, and from Ottoman Period to Republic Period new amendments have been made concerning this matter in accordance with the necessities of the everchanging situation.

The formation and development of the “Petty Officer” class between 19th century Ottoman era and Republic era when the “5802 Non-commissioned Officer Law” came into force in 1951, constitutes a historical importance. Şemseddin Sami described “Petty Officer” as deputies of officers such as master sergeants and chief sergeants in his dictionary “Kamûs-ı Türkî”. He defined the meaning of “Petty Officer” as follows: “They are not a member of the combatant class in the first place, however, after they promote in the rank to become an officer they are deployed as seamen in such duties as gunman, navigator which comprises of three branches in total. They are distinguished by their rank on their right arms.”4

In early times, the enlisted seamen who lived close to marine climate were chosen to fulfil the needs of technical personnel for the ships. These seamen were trained and the ones who accomplished the training were deployed as technical personnel in the navy. During 19th century they served in ships such as Mahmudiye Galleon (1839-1840), Kosova Galleon (1866-1867), Ertuğrul Frigate, Peyk-I Ticaret Vessel, Armored Abdülaziz Frigate, Nüvid-I Fütuh, Feyz-I Bari, Mansure Corvette and Kavs-ı Zafer as corporal, sergeant, master sergeant, chief sergeant and küçükzabit5.

In the late 19th century, a new legal amendment was made concerning the recruitment of the youth for the navy and training of them as petty officers, and “Regulation on Recruitment of the Youth for the Imperial Ottoman Navy and Training of Them as Petty Officers” was drafted. This regulation was published on Navy Journal (Ceride-iBahriye) vol. 21 on 11 Şaban 1307 in Islamic calender (2 April 1890 in Gregorian Calendar). According to the aforementioned regulation, the young seamen elected among İstanbul (Dersaadet) community6 were to be


1Not the exact equivalent of the rank mentioned in the original language “bölük emini”, however the closest one when modern and historical structure of the Turkish Navy is compared.
2This term doesn’t have an exact equivalent in English, regarding the description of their duties in old Turkish Navy and it will be referred as is in the original language. However, the closest counterpart of this rank in modern perspective would be “petty officer”. This rank is inferior to “Gedikli”.
3This term doesn’t have an exact equivalent in English, regarding the description of their duties in old Turkish Navy and it will be referred as is in the original language. However, the closest counterpart of this rank in modern perspective would be “warrant officer”. This rank is superior to “KüçükZabit”.
4Şemseddin Sami, Kamûs-i Türkî, p.1152
5Naval History Archive (DTA), Yoklama Kalemi Defterleri (YKL.d.), 56/1., DTA, YKL.d., 539.
6Article 2


deployed in the Dersaadet training ship for one year7, afterwards, they were to be transferred to a training ship on open sea duty to familiarize the seamen to the marine life8. Following a five-year training, the young seamen were to be divided into boatswain, signalman, sefineeminliği (master-at-arms), navigator and gunman classes as corporals and sent to open sea training ships9. Corporals were to be appointed as sergeants and master corporals, while sergeants and master corporals were to promoted in rank and seniority each year depending on their branches10. Those who completed their enlistment period among the young seamen were to be appointed as “Gedikli 3rd class, Gedikli 2nd class and Gedikli 1st class”. On Article 17 of this regulation, it is stated that “It is definitely not appropriate to convert (promote or demote) or transfer the rank of any personnel other than young seamen into Gedikli class, and the rank of Gedikli class into officer ranks such as ensign or lieutenant”11 . It was announced by Naval Council (Şura-yıBahriye) in 1893 that graduates from TüccarKapudan School could sign up to the navy as “Gedikli 3rd class” in torpedo, signalman and gunman branches if they wish12. Although it was expressed in 1890 regulation that the youth to be enlisted should be from Dersaadet (İstanbul) community and not from rural provinces, in the coming years the number of applicants that were willing sign up to this class was way too below than expected. It was discussed in Naval Council that applicants from rural community should also be accepted, and this matter was submitted to the Sultan.13

With 4 December 1905 Imperial Decree (İrade-iSeniyye), a commission comprising of top officials in the navy14 was established for taking measures and thorough decision making about re-organizing some issues.The forementioned commission made a comprehensive concerning gedikli class. As a first step, 4 January 1890 and 5 May 1893 Imperial Decrees (İrade-iSeniyye) were reviewed carefully regarding organization and expansion of gedikli class. It was found out during the negotiations that gedikli class consisted of a total of 433 military personnel in navy offices, and decisions made on these negotiations were approved by an Imperial Decree on 25 March 1906.15

After the declaration of Second Constitutional Era, preparations were made in 1912-1913 to draft the “Gedikli Regulation” in order to enact new amendments regarding Gedikli class. Until the Gedikli Regulation took effect, during 1912 the discharged military personnel was temporarily allowed to transfer to engine or deck branches (up to 200 men and with a revised paycheck)16. In 1913, there was a projection of a new regulation regarding re-organization of Gedikli class in Imperial Navy for development of gunnery, torpedo, engine and electrical


7Article 4
8Article 6
9Article 10
10Article 11., DTA, ŞUB.d.,246/16A-17A.
11Ceride-i Bahriye (Navy Journal), Vol.2, Issue 21, 2 April 1890 (11 Şaban 1307 in Islamic Calendar), p.12; DTA, ŞUB.d, 246/18A
12DTA, ŞUB.d, 273/148A
13DTA, Mektubi Bölümü, 863/65.
14Director of Factories Read Admiral Adil bin Halid, Deputy Commander of Port Rear Admiral Mehmed, Navy Council Military Office Director Vice Admiral Mustafa bin Mehmed, Legal Procedures Office Director of Navy Vice Admiral Hayri, Commodore of Imperial Armored Vessels Vice Admiral Arif Hikmet bin Ateş Mehmed, Director of Navy Council Vice Admiral Mehmed Muzaffer,Imperial Naval School Minister, Deputy Minister of Imperial Medical Schools and New Warships (Süfun-ı Cedide-i Harbiye) Inspector Hüseyin Hüsnü bin Ahmed
15DTA, Tersane Defterleri (TRS.d), 1381/96A.
16Presidency Ottoman Archive (Başkanlık Osmanlı Arşivi) (BOA), Bab-ı Ali Evrak Odası (BEO), 4089/306674


sciences. However, as the completion and enactment of the regulation would take a long time17, in 14 July 1913 “229 Ad Interim Law on the Organization and Promotion Procedure of Gedikli Class in Imperial Navy”18 was enacted regarding the enlistment of gedikli class. According to the “Naval Community and KüçükZabitan (see the footnote “2” for explanation of this rank) and Gedikli Officers”19 ad interim law 260 that was enacted in 20 April 1914, the naval community was divided into two main branches, deck and engine. The deck class includes navigators, gunmen, torpedo-electric technicians, signalmen, radiomen, telegraph operators, military musical band members (trumpet, bugle etc.), medics, and other industrial and professional branches (carpenter, caulker, rope maker, painter, sailmaker, cook, table arranger, bread maker, clerk or typewriter secretary, storekeeper, ration maker)20. The engine class includes firemen, draught level arranger, lathe specialists, casting technicians, modelers, blacksmiths, boiler technician, and reel specialists.21 And once again according to this law the whole community of engine class military personnel was to be deployed in Navy.22 The ranking and seniority procedure of the Navy community within the scope of the aforementioned law was as follows (hierarchically):


The regulation concerning “Navy Engineman Apprentices and Mechanics”24 (no: 529, date: 7 September 1914) was published on Takvim-i Vakayi25 on 17 September 1914. With this regulation, two new classes, engineman apprentice and mechanics, were formed under the command of Ministry of Navy.26 According to the regulation published, those who completed their de facto enlistment period among mechanics would be appointed as Junior Grade Gedikli / Gedikli Candidate and those who succeed in their training and exams would be appointed as Gedikli 3rd class which makes them subject to articles of Gedikli Regulation.

“Naval Community and Küçük Zabitan Gedikli Officers Law 172”27 of 9 March 1915 was published in Takvim-iVakayi. This 35-article law is the modified version of the ad interim law 260. According to this law, Navy community was divided into two main branches, deck and



17BOA, Şura-yı Devlet (StateCouncil)(ŞD.), 19/15-2.
18For more information see Düstur, Tertib-i Sani, Vol. 5, Matbaa-i Amire, Dersaadet 1332, p.576-577.
19For more information see Bahriye Efrad ve Küçük Zabitanıyla Gedikli Zabitanı Kanun-ı Muvakkati, Bahriye Matbaası (Naval Printing Office), 1330.
20Third article
21Third article
22Third article
23Not the exact equivalent of a rank in modern Turkish Navy. The original use of this word is “Gedikli Namzeti”. Theword “Namzet” can also be translated as “Candidate”.
24For more information see Düstur, Tertib-i Sani, Vol.6, Matbaa-i Amire, Dersaadet 1334, p. 1269-1271.
25Official Journal of Ottoman Empire
26First article.
27For more information see, Kanunlarımız, Includes All of the Laws, Regulations and Decrees in Force in 926, Ed: Edip Kemal, Vol.5, Second Edition, Bursa Vilayet Matbaası (Bursa Province Printing Office), 926, p.624-630


engine.28 It was stated in the fifth article of the law that corporals are senior privates (enlisted seamen); sergeants, chief sergeants and gedikli candidates (junior grade gedikli) are küçükzabitan; third, second and first class gedikli personnel are gedikli officers. It was expressed in the twentieth article of the law 172 that gedikli personnel were subject to “Military Retirement Law” regarding their retirement issues and to “Military Penal Code” regarding disciplinary issues.

In 20 December 1915 “Engineman Apprenticeship Regulation 127”, and in 3 February 1916 “Seaman Apprenticeship Regulation” was enacted. In line with Engineman Apprenticeship Regulation29, “Engineman Apprentice School” was established under the command of Ministry of Navy to train küçükzabitan and gedikli officers for engine branches. According to Engineman Apprenticeship Regulation, from corporal rank to 1st class gedikli rank, the articles of “Naval Community and KüçükZabitan and Gedikli Officers Law 172” would be carried out for military personnel of these ranks30. The validity of the articles under “Navy Engineman Apprentices and Mechanics” (no: 529, date: 7 September 1914) was abolished31.

In line with “Seaman Apprenticeship Regulation”32 the new “Seaman Apprentice School” was established under the command of Ministry of Navy to train küçükzabitan and gedikli officers for deck branches. Those who successfully complete their training in school vessel would be deployed as gunmen, torpedo-specialists, signalmen, ammunition specialists, navigators, submariners.33 Those who passed the deck services specialization course would be deployed in Navy and assigned to specific duties suitable for their specialization.34 It was stated that those who are proficient in their own specialization would be promoted to corporal rank after serving five months as enlisted seamen, and promotions from corporal rank to 1st class gedikli officer would be carried out in accordance with the articles of “Naval Community and KüçükZabitan and Gedikli Officers Law 172”35 .

2.REPUBLIC PERIOD

In Republic period too, legal regulations regarding Gedikli class were continued. New laws came into force during the periods of Ministry of Navy, Naval Undersecretariat and the Command of the Naval Forces.

In the 1925 organizational instruction of the Ministry of Navy, which was founded on 29 December 1924, there was “Gedikli Candidate/Junior Grade Gedikli School”36 in local


28First article.
29For more information see Makineci Çırakları Nizamnamesi, Bahriye Matbaası (Naval Printing Office), 1332.
30Sixteenth article
31Nineteenth article. For more information see Düstur, Tertib-i Sani, Vol. 10, Evkaf Matbaası (Printing Officefor Foundations), İstanbul 1928, p.168-170.
32For more information see Gemici Çırakları Nizammesi, Matbaa-i Bahriye (Naval Printing Office), 1332.
33Thirteenth article.
34Fourteenth article.
35Fifteenth article. For more information see Düstur, Tertib-i Sani, Vol. 10, Evkaf Matbaası, İstanbul 1928, p.171-173
36Teşkilat-ı Bahriye Talimatnamesi (Organizational Instructions for Navy), Bahriye Matbaası (Naval Printing Office), 1341, p.4.


organization. During the period of the Ministry of Navy, which lasted until 16 January 1928, the first law concerning gedikli class “Additional Law to 22 Teşrinievvel 1339 (Islamic Calendar) Law on Paychecks and Payments for generals and admirals, officers, civil servants in military and other military personnel in Land Forces, Air Forces, Naval Forces and Gendarmerie Forces (no:587)37” was published on 24 March 1925. In this law; amendments regarding salaries, titles and retirement were made.

On 9 April 1927, “Law on Admittance of Gedikli Küçük Zabit (no:1001)38” was published. According to this law, military high schools were a resource for the military, medical and veterinary schools and gedikli küçük zabit schools were a resource for gedikli küçük zabitan (petty officer) personnel. In this law it was stated that those who were dismissed from military academy, military medical school and military veterinary school would be transferred to field duty to serve as gedikli küçük zabit39, and those who were dismissed from military high school would be appointed as gedikli küçük zabit as per the legal decree40.

Another law that came into force during the period of Ministry of Navy was “Law on Appointment of 1 Enlisted Private to Officers in Land, Naval, Air and Gendarmerie Forces, civilian accountants and their assistants, and Naval Gedikli Officers (no: 1010, date: 19 April 1927)”, regarding appointments (provisions). In the first article of this law, it was stated that from field marshal rank to deputy officer rank in land, naval, air and gendarmerie forces, exactly one enlisted private (seaman) would be appointed to officers, civilian accountants, civilian clerks and naval gedikli officers as per the first article of “25 September 1914 Military Appointments and Provisions Ad Interim Law 41”.

A new “Alternative Law to some articles of 9 April 1927 GedikliKüçükZabit Admission Law 144642” was drafted on 16 May 1929 during Naval Undersecretariat period which was founded in line with 16 January 1928 Law. According to this law, those who were dismissed from military academy, naval academy, military medical academy and military veterinary academy would serve as gedikli küçük zabit and also perform their branch duties after they are transferred to their active field duty. Naval branches would serve for 12 years and other branches would serve for 6 years43. Those who were above 17 years old and dismissed from military or naval high schools while 6 or less grades away from graduation would be appointed as gedikli küçük zabitan after they were transferred to their active field duty within the scope of this legal decree44.

“11 June 1929 Naval and Air Gedikli Küçük Zabitan Salary Law (no: 1492)” mentions the rank, salary and retirement arrangements of Naval Gedikli Küçük Zabitan class. According to


37For more information see T.C. (Turkish Republic) Siclli Kavanini, Kısm-ı evvel, Kavanin-Muahedat-Mukavelat, First Volume, Cihan Matbaası, İstanbul 1926, p.647-651.
38For more information see T.C. (Turkish Republic) Siclli Kavanini, Kısm-ı evvel, Kavanin-Muahedat-Mukavelat, Third Volume, Cihan Matbaası, İstanbul 1927, p.458.
39Fourtharticle, subparagraph “a”.
40Fourth article, subparagraph “b”.
41For more information see T.C. (TurkishRepublic) Siclli Kavanini, Kısm-ı evvel, Kavanin-Muahedat-Mukavelat, Third Volume, Cihan Matbaası, İstanbul 1927, p.609.
42For more information see Siclli Kavanini, Kısm-ı evvel, Kavanin-Muahedat-Mukavelat (1 Teşrinisani 1928-3 June 1929 in Islamic Calendar), Fifth Volume, Cihan Matbaası, İstanbul 1930, p.470-471.

43The amendment made on subparagraph “a”, article “four” of the Law 1001
44The amendment made on subparagraph “b”, article “four” of the Law 1001


the law; Naval Gedikli Sergeants would be transferred to Gedikli Sergeant class, Gedikli Chief Sergeants to Gedikli Chief Sergeant Deputy class, and Junior Grade Gedikli/Gedikli Candidates to Gedikli Chief Sergeant class. Those who wished from the First, Second and Third Class Gedikli Officers would be transferred to Senior Gedikli class with their current salaries45. Third and Second-class Gedikli Officers are promoted in proportion to their previous salaries, if they succeed in the exams to be held every two years from the date of promotion; If they are not successful, they will be subject to the provisions of the law.46 Those who did not want to be transferred or whose branches did not have a corresponding branch for their new rank would be treated in accordancewith the provisions of “24 February 1330 (9 March 1915) Gedikli Officers Law 172” and the Law 508 and 587 until their dismissal47.

According to “Law on the Amendment of Subparagraph “B” (16 May 1929) of Article “4”of 2 June 1930 GedikliKüçükZabit Admissions Law 1675”, those who were above 17 years old and dismissed from military high schools and naval high schools while six or less grades away from graduation would serve as gedikliküçükzabitand transferred field duty in accordance with the decree. It was stated in the legal decree that air and naval branches among these would serve fifteen years, and other branches would serve four and a half years after they were deployed to their active field duty48.

According to "11 June 1934 Law on GedikliKucukZabit Admissions 250549", it was stated that the Gedikli class would be trained and admitted from the GedikliKüçükZabit School, and the laws 1001, 1446, and 1675 were abolished50.

Naval Radio, Electric and Science Practice School which was established in 1944, and until 1946, the institution which was established in Heybeliada with the title of Naval Science School constituted the basis of Navy Branch Schools. When Naval Training Command was established in 1946, Naval Science School was abolished and the course directorates under Branch Schools were formed under this command.

During Naval Forces Command period which was established in 1949, “23 March 1950 GedikliErbaş (Warrant Officer) Law 5619”51 was adopted. According to the law; In order to become a gediklierbaş (warrant officer) in land, naval and air forces, gendarmerie and customs protection units in Turkish Army, it was required to graduate from GedikliErbaş (Warrant Officer) Schools and Art Institutes after completing at least secondary school and equivalent schools.

In “2 July 1951 Petty Officer (PO)/Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) Law 5802”52 , it was stated that the personnel assisting the officers in training, management and other administrative works at the subordinate command levels of the land, navy and air forces, the



45Ad interim article A.
46Ad interim article B.
47Ad interim article C.
48For more information see Siclli Kavanini, Kısm-ı evvel, Kavanin-Muahedat-Mukavelat, Sixth Volume, Cihan Matbaası, İstanbul 1931, p.543.

49For more information see Siclli Kavanini, Kısım I, II, III: Kanunlar-Tefsirler-Kararlar (1933-1934) , Tenth Volume, Kitabhane-i Cihan, İstanbul 1934, p.398.
50Articlethirteen.
51For more information visit httpse://pdffox.com/gedikli-erba-kanunu-pdf-free.html (Online: 13.12.2021)
52For more information see Official Gazette of Turkey (T.C. ResmiGazete), Issue: 7852, 5 July 1951


gendarmerie, and the customs protection units of the Turkish Army are named non-commissioned officers/petty officers53, and those who meet the terms and qualifications of "NCO/PO" will be appointed as sergeants by the relevant ministries54 . In the law, the training methods of non-commissioned officers/petty officers, personal rights (rank and salary, promotion, nutrition and health processes), compulsory service, resignation, dismissal, call for duty and training of non-commissioned officers/petty officers as officers, technicians and military clerks from were mentioned. According to the ad interim article of the Law 5802; It was stated that prior to the aforementioned law came into force, military personnel who were trained and are being trained as gediklierbaş (warrant officer) were also called non-commissioned officers/PO’s, and the name of “gediklierbaş (warrant officer)” in various laws was changed to “non-commissioned officer/petty officer” and the name of “başgedikli” chief warrant officer was changed to “master chief petty officer”55. According to this law, those who wished among gedikli officers serving in naval branches would be transferred to “Petty Officer” class depending on their service time. It was stated that, those who did not wish to be transferred to this class would still be treated in accordance with the provisions of “22 Teşrinievvel 1339 (Islamic Calendar) Law on Paychecks and Payments for generals and admirals, officers, civil servants in military and other military personnel in Land Forces, Air Forces, Naval Forces and Gendarmerie Forces (no:172)” and additional laws “508 and 487” to this law56 .

The chronological order of the history of the schools established as of 1951 is as follows:

As the school was continuously expanding in student number and new developments were made for educational purposes, a need for a new building came along. In this perspective, new additional buildings and restorations were on the area and buildings near Beylerbeyi Palace. Following those preparations, the school was moved to Beylerbeyi as of 1 October 1952 and renamed as “Naval Petty Officer Preparation Middle School”. In 1964-1965 school year, middle school graduates were also admitted to this schools. In 1964, the school was renamed as “Naval Petty Officer Services Prep School57”.

Engine Services School was moved to Derince in 1963 and as of this date, training and other educational operations of the school were carried out in here (except when it was temporarily moved to Altınova in 1999-2000 due to the restoration efforts of the damage to the building during the earthquake). On the other hand, Deck Services School Command carried out its training and other educational operations in Yassıada until 1966, and in 1966 it was taken under the command of Gölcük Training Center Command.

In 27 June 1967, pursuant to “TAF Personnel Law 926” petty officer class was re-organized, and petty officer ranks were renamed (these changes are still in use today). In 1971-1972 school year, the school was renamed as “Naval Petty Officer Prep School”. In 16 March 1972, Naval Petty Officer student uniforms and other clothing were regulated. In 1977, this school was



53Articleone
54Article four
55Ad interimarticle 1.
56Ad interimarticle 3.
57“Deniz Astsubay Okullarının Tarihsel Gelişimi” (Historical Development Process of Naval PettyOfficer Schools), Deniz Kuvvetleri Dergisi (Naval Forces Magazine), Issue: 645, January 2022, p.44.


recognized as the equivalent of a 3-year vocational high school by Ministry of National Education58.

Deck Services School was under the command of Gölcük Training Center command between 1966-1976. After the abolishment of Gölcük Training Center Command, Deck Services School was taken under the command of Naval Training Command while keeping its previous name, and carried out its training and other educational operations in Gölcük. After Karamürsel Training Center Command was established in 1979 in Karamürsel county, Deck Services School was moved to Karamürsel with all of its affiliates. Right after the school was moved to here, Deck Services School was abolished, and individual school commands were established under the command of Karamürsel Training Center Command.

In 1985 two commands were established, Petty Officer Deck Services School Command and Courses Command and they both provided separate training.

In 1997 Yalova became a province. Since Karamürsel Training Command was within the borders of this province after the change, it was renamed as Karamürselbey Training Command/Altınova”.

Since the buildings of Naval Engine Services School were damaged after Gölcük earthquake on 17 August 1999, the school was moved to Altınova campus on 6 September 1999. After the restoration of the buildings was complete, the school was moved back to Derince campus.

“Petty Officer/Non-commissioned Officer Vocational School Law 4752” concerning the establishment of Petty Officer/Non-commissioned Officer Vocational Schools within the structure of Turkish Armed Forces was enacted by Turkish Grand National Assembly on 11 April 2002, and published in Official Gazette on 24 April 2002. Pursuant to this law, Naval Petty Officer Prep School and Naval Petty Officer Services School were turned into Naval Petty Officer Vocational School which provided associate degree-level education for 2 academic years period.

Following the final graduation ceremony in 2003, Beylerbeyi Naval Petty Officer Prep School, also known as “Taş Mektep” (Stone Building School)59 , has taken its place in history as a respectable institution after hosting young petty officer students for half a century who took a step up as mariners.

In 2003, by the order of Turkish Chief of General Staff, Petty Officer training system was changed and it was decided to train non-commissioned officers/petty officers on a 2-year-associate degree-level while converting the status of the schools to vocational schools. The Naval Petty Officer Vocational School Command was established following the abolition of the Service Schools Commands as of 1 September 2003. However, in 2003-2004 academic year, acting on behalf of Naval Petty Officer Vocational School Commander, Service Schools Command graduated students one more year. As of 6 October 2003 and 2003-2004 academic year, Naval Petty Officer Vocational School carried out its training and educational operations in Derince and Altınova compound with the organizational structure present at that time until 2016.


58A.g.m., s.44
59This term metaphorically indicates “old and basic/pioneer”. Also, the material which the building was made of is stone.


After the atrocious coup attempt on 15 July, by 25 July 2016 Decree Law 669 “Taking Measures and Amendment of Some Laws Related to Establishment of National Defence University (NDU) within the scope of State of Emergency", National Defence University was established.Subsequently, with the 2016/9522 decision of Council of Ministers on 14 November 2016, Petty Officer Vocational Schools were moved under the organizational structure National Defence University.

Within the scope of the restructuring of the organization and staff of the National Defence University, as of 09 January 2017, the school carried out its education and training activities as NDU Naval Petty Officer Vocational School and with new organizational structure, in Altınova and Derince Compounds until the beginning of 2020-2021 academic year.

In order to ensure the integrity of education and administration,and continuation of education and training activities on a single compound as of the beginning of 2020-2021 academic year, an order was issued by National Defence University Rectorate to move all units of the school in the organizational structure from Derince Compound to Altınova Compound in 27 July 2020. Transfer process and chances in organization/staff procedures were completed on 15 October 2020.

Today, education and training activities of NDU Naval Petty Officer Vocational School are being carried out in Altınova/YALOVA since the beginning of 2020-2021 academic year on 19 October 2020.