Black and white photograph of officers dressed in naval uniform at the Elco Naval academy in Rhode Island. John F. Kennedy is in the center row, center. Kennedy entered the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Training Center, Melville, Rhode Island in September 1942. On 10 October 1942, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade. Upon completing his training 2 December 1942, he was ordered to the training squadron, Motor Torpedo Squadron FOUR, for duty as the Commanding Officer of a motor torpedo boat, PT 101. He would go on to command PT 109 on the 23rd of April 1943.