The Bluejacket's Manual

The Bluejacket's Manual is the basic handbook for United States Navy personnel. First issued in 1902 to teach new recruits about naval procedures and life and offer a reference for active sailors, it has become the "bible" for Navy personnel, providing information about a wide range of Navy topics. The current version, issued in 2017, is the 25th Edition and is given to all enlistees.[1]

The Bluejacket's Manual
23rd Edition Hardcover
AuthorThomas J. Cutler
CountryU.S.
LanguageEnglish
SubjectUnited States Navy life
GenreHandbook
PublisherUnited States Naval Institute Press
Publication date
4 May 2009 (24th Edition)
Media typePrint
Pages644 (Hardcover 24th edition)
ISBN978-1-59114-153-2 (Hardcover 24th edition)
OCLC262434708

History

Before 1902, the Navy had at least two books for training young men in naval procedure. Seamanship, by Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, was the primary textbook about seamanship at the United States Naval Academy but was not used by enlisted men; many sailors at the time were still illiterate and in any case, the oral traditions and procedures of petty officers were the basis of enlisted sailors' education. The Seaman's Handbook by LCDR Stephen B. Luce, saw general use in the Merchant Marine, but less in the Navy.[2]

1902 saw the first publication of The Bluejacket's Manual, written by Lieutenant Ridley McLean, as well as the Recruit's Handy Book. Every enlistee received the latter, and by World War I, both were being issued to every recruit. The Handy Book was discontinued in the 1920s.[2]

Some manuals published between 1903 and early 1915 have inconsistent edition numbering. The 1903, 1905, 1907 and 1908 were considered the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions by the authors and the Naval Institute. In 1914, Franklin Publishing was contracted to publish the 1914 and 1915 book and pamphlet manuals. Because 1914 was the first time Franklin published the manual, they published their edition as the First Edition, the early 1915 version as the 2nd and the late 1915 one as the 3rd. A single numbering system was restored with the 3rd edition, late 1915 Manual.[3]

Centennial Edition

The 2002 Centennial Edition, also called the 23rd Edition, saw several modifications, including a reversion to its original title: Bluejacket's.[1] The "Navy Education and Training" chapter was expanded and the "Naval Missions and Heritage" chapter was added.[1]

The current (25th) edition's official author is retired Commander Thomas J. Cutler, who called the work as a "collaborative effort".

Early editions

Bluejacket's Manual Editions by Year
Year Edition Printing Author Foreword/Intro Publisher Printer Dated ISBN/OCLC Pages Binding
1903 1st1stLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNIUSNI1903OCLC 2548907304Envelope
1903 (reprint) 1stReprintLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNIUSNI1978 E.L. BeachISBN 0870211072304Envelope
1903 2nd1stLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNILord Baltimore Press1903 P.R. AlgerNone391Envelope
1904 2nd1stLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNILord Baltimore Press1904 P.R. AlgerNone391Envelope
1905 2nd1stLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNILord Baltimore Press1905 P.R. AlgerNone391Envelope
1907 2nd1stLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNILord Baltimore Press1907 P.R. AlgerNone391Book
1908 2nd1stLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNILord Baltimore Press1908 P.R. AlgerNone407Book
1911 2nd1stLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNILord Baltimore Press1911 P.R. AlgerNone407Envelope
1911 2nd2ndLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNILord Baltimore Press1911 P.R. AlgerNone407Book
1913 2nd1stLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNILord Baltimore Press1913 R. EarleNone407Envelope
1913 2nd2ndLT Ridley McLeanWilliam H. MoodyUSNILord Baltimore Press1913 E.J. KingNone407Book

Later editions

Bluejacket's Manual Editions by Year
Year Edition Printing Author Forward/Intro Publisher Printer Dated ISBN/OCLC Pages Binding
1914 1st1st (5 parts/1 vol.)NoneJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingNone ListedNone849Book
1915 2nd1st (5 parts/1 vol.)NoneJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingNone ListedNone849Book
1915 2nd1st (Book 1/pt. 1)NoneJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingNone ListedNone222Book 1/4
1915 2nd1st (Book 2/pt. 2)NoneJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingNone ListedNone247Book 2/4
1915 2nd1st (Book 3/pt. 3)NoneJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingNone ListedNone274Book 3/4
1915 2nd1st (Book 3/pt. 4)NoneJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingNone ListedNone74Book 3/4
1915 2nd1st (Book 4/pt. 5)NoneJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingNone ListedNone47Book 4/4
1915 3rd1st (5 parts/1 vol.)NoneJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingNone ListedNone879Book
1916 4th1stNoneJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingMar 1916None845Book
1917 4th1stNoneJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingMar 1916None845Book
1917 5th1stLT Norman Van Der VeerJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingNov 1916None845Book
1917 5th1stLT Norman Van Der VeerJosephus DanielMilitary Publishing Co.Military Publishing Co.Nov 1916OCLC 14201704845Book
1918 5th1stLT Norman Van Der VeerJosephus DanielUSNIFranklin PrintingNov 1916None845Book
1918 6th1stLT Norman Van Der VeerJosephus DanielEdwin AppletonEdwin Appleton1918OCLC 317209669850Hardcover
1918 6th1stLT Norman Van Der VeerJosephus DanielMilitary Publishing Co.Military Publishing Co.1918OCLC 8137959821Hardcover
1922 6th1stCDR C.C. SouleEdwin DenbyGvmt Printing OfficeGvmt Printing OfficeSep 1922None518Hardcover
1922 6th2ndCDR C.C. SouleEdwin DenbyGvmt Printing OfficeGvmt Printing Office1924None518Hardcover
1927 7th1stNoneCurtis D. WilburGvmt Printing OfficeGvmt Printing OfficeMay 1927None958Hardcover
1927 7th2ndNoneCurtis D. WilburGvmt Printing OfficeGvmt Printing Office1928None958Hardcover
1938 8th1stNoneWilliam LeahyUSNIUSNIMar 1938None836Hardcover
1938 8th2ndNoneWilliam LeahyUSNIUSNIMay 1938None836Hardcover
1938 8th3rdNoneWilliam LeahyUSNIUSNIJune 1938None836Hardcover
1939 9th4th (Rev. 8th edition)NoneG.V. StewartUSNIUSNIMar 1939None834Semi-hardcover

WWII Editions

Bluejacket's Manual Editions by Year
Year Edition Printings Author Forward/Intro Publisher Printer Dated ISBN/OCLC Pages Binding
1940 10th5NoneG.V. StewartUSNIUSNI1940–43OCLC 560958256784Hardcover
1943 11th7NoneA.T. ChurchUSNIUSNI1943–44OCLC 1557259151145Hardcover
1944 12th1NoneA.T. ChurchUSNIUSNI1944OCLC 9358944585Hardcover

Post-war editions

Bluejacket's Manual Editions by Year
Year Edition Printings Author Forward/Intro Publisher Printer Dated ISBN/OCLC Pages Binding
1946 13th3LT Charles RossA.T. ChurchUSNIUSNI1947–48OCLC 801977902622Hardcover
1950 14th27NoneHon. Francis Matthews / J.W. RoperUSNIUSNI1950–57OCLC 3032167828Semi-hardcover
1957 15th7CAPT John V. NoelVADM James HollowayUSNIUSNI1957–59OCLC 20269963647Semi-hardcover
1960 16th4CAPT John V. NoelVADM W.R. Smedberg IIIUSNIUSNI1960–62OCLC 17452212641Semi-hardcover
1963 17th6CAPT John V. NoelVADM W.R. Smedberg IIIUSNIUSNI1963–66OCLC 11142117684Semi-hardcover
1968 18th3NoneMCPON Delbert BlackUSNIUSNI1968–69OCLC 1468065756Hard or softcover
1973 19th8LCDR Arnold S. LottMCPON Robert J. WalkerUSNIUSNI1973–77ISBN 0870211099644Softcover
1978 20th21Bill BeardenMCPON Thomas S. Crow / MCPON W.H. PlackettUSNIUSNI1978–89ISBN 0870211129611Hard or softcover
1990 21st9Bill BeardenMCPON John Hagan / MCPON Duane BusheyUSNIUSNI1990–96ISBN 0870212591771Hard or softcover
1998 22nd LCDR Thomas J. CutlerMCPON Jim HerdtUSNIUSNI1998ISBN 1557500649643Hard or softcover
2002 23rd[4] LCDR Thomas J. CutlerMCPON John HaganUSNIUSNI2002ISBN 1557502218648Hardcover
2009 24th LCDR Thomas J. CutlerMCPON Joe R. Campa, Jr.USNIUSNI2009ISBN 1591141532694Hardcover
2015 25th[5] LCDR Thomas J. Cutler USNIUSNI2017ISBN 1612519741784Hardcover

References

  1. "Bluejacket's Manual, United States Navy". United States Naval Institute (25th ed.). Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  2. Faram, Mark D. (JO1) (June 2008). "The Bluejacket's Manual Turns 100". All Hands. Archived from the original on 2002-07-14. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  3. Weenink, R.A. "The Bluejacket's Manual". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  4. blue jackets manual 2002 wayback.archive.org 2012-08-07
  5. The Bluejacket's Manual, 25th Edition
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