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The Processing Center was a group of buildings established by the DHARMA Initiative for the purpose of inducting new recruits.

DHARMA Initiative[]

Welcome to the Island. For your own comfort and safety, we ask that you stay within the confines of your new living quarters. Our Barracks are surrounded by a high frequency sonar fence to protect us from the Island's abundant and diverse wildlife. You are now a member of the DHARMA Initiative. ... Every morning you will be given a new code which will allow you to cross outside the fence... there are properties on this Island that exist nowhere else on Earth. Our mission is to study these properties for the betterment of mankind and advancement of world peace. Most of you will be working on the mainland. Should you be assigned zoological studies...

Dr. Pierre Chang, ("The Man Behind the Curtain")  ("Namaste")

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Roger and Ben in the Processing Center ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

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Dr. Pierre Chang's induction video as shown in the Processing Center.

Newcomers to the Island were welcomed in the Processing Center, where they underwent an induction process. When Roger Linus was inducted, he and Ben watched a brief video on the DHARMA Initiative and the barracks area, which stressed the importance of staying inside a high frequency sonar fence. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

Following this, the new members were assigned their professions, tasks, and duties. Once this had taken place, they were then members of the DHARMA Initiative. There was also a station where a Staff doctor/member gave injections to the arrivals, presumably for the sickness. Roger confronted Opal after learning he would be a "Work Man" or janitor. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

It was here that Ben first met Annie, who offered him an Apollo Bar. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")


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Sawyer gives last minute instructions to Jack, Hurley, and Kate outside the Processing Center (1977).

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After having seen Chang on the DI videos, Jack meets him face-to-face in the Processing Center.

Sawyer meant to hide Hurley, Jack, and Kate within the DHARMA Initiative in order to protect them when they too traveled back in time to 1977. He and Juliet rearranged the sub manifest and work assignments, and Sawyer returned to where he had left them in the North Valley. When he arrived with changes of clothing, Sawyer informed them that they had 10 minutes until a group of new recruits arrived on the submarine, and that they were to infiltrate that group. Sawyer then drove them in the DHARMA van to the Processing Center. ("LaFleur")  ("Namaste")

When they arrived, Sawyer briefed them on the process, and told them that he "had their back". The three proceeded inside where they watched the same video Roger and Ben had seen previously, and received their DHARMA jumpsuits and work assignments. At first, Kate was left standing alone, and she was questioned by Phil, who said she was not on the list or the sub manifest. Juliet arrived at the last moment before the situation escalated, bringing a revised list with Kate's name on it. Kate was then assigned to work with Juliet. ("Namaste")

Meanwhile, Jack, who had seen Dr. Pierre Chang under various aliases on the Swan Orientation film and Pearl Orientation video, met Chang face-to-face. Chang apologized for the lack of organization, citing the birth of Amy's baby the night before as the reason the process was disrupted. He also mentioned he had been dragged out of his lab. ("Namaste")


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Frank and Sun stand outside the rundown Processing Center in 2007.


Christian shows Sun the photo of her friends, dated 1977, while The Monster enter the house.

When Ben left the group of Ajira Airways Flight 316 survivors on the Hydra Island beach, Sun followed him until he doubled back behind her and confronted her. He explained he was going to "their Island", and asked if she would like to join him. Frank, who saw Sun leave and followed her in worry, joined them and expressed his concern about Sun trusting Ben. Ben led them to a trio of outrigger and revealed the location of a dock on the Island. Sun sneaked up behind him and knocked him out with a boat oar. Sun and Frank paddled across to the main Island, and arrived at the dock at night. Walking along the dock, they saw debris scattered about and heard the monster rustling through the jungle near the end of the dock. ("Namaste")

Arriving at the Processing Center, they found the place disheveled and apparently deserted, its sign now hanging from one of two hooks. The two heard the whispers, then a light went on inside the Processing Center. A door opened and a silhouetted figure greeted them. He identified himself as Christian, and when Sun asked about her husband, he beckoned them inside. Inside, the center was dirty and unkempt, with papers strewn around, file cabinets with open drawers, and dirty DHARMA signs and pictures. Christian located a picture from 1977 on the wall. When he showed it to Frank and Sun, they saw their friends in a recruiting photo from the DHARMA Initiative. Christian said, "I'm sorry, but you have a bit of a journey ahead of you." ("Namaste")


While the precise location of the Processing Center has not been stated in canon, examination of screencaps from "The Man from Tallahassee", "The Man Behind the Curtain" and "Namaste" show at least three distinct docks on the Island: Pala Ferry dock, the harbor and warf dock, and a different dock next to the Processing Center.

Evidence from "The Man from Tallahassee" points to the harbor dock location next to the landlocked valley where the Barracks was located, based on the short walk Locke and Alex took there before Locke blew up the sub. This is likely the dock where Juliet arrived in "One of Us". It also has a covered bench at the top of the dock which is not found on the other dock.

The sub was also shown parked near a different dock, in "The Man Behind the Curtain", when it was used to transport the new recruits to the Island, notably a young Ben and his father. This dock differs in both the lack of bench seating, and the addition of white picket wood fencing that runs the last quarter or so of the dock on the land side. When Frank and Sun walked to the end of the dock, this fencing was seen in disarray, partially knocked over. ("Namaste")

This evidence suggests this dock was used to dock the sub when new recruits were arriving at the Island under DHARMA to induct them at the Processing Center, while the more convenient Harbor dock was used by the Others for trips to and from the Barracks.