The Bluejacket's Manual
|The Bluejacket's Manual|
23rd Edition Hardcover
|Author(s)||Thomas J. Cutler|
|Subject(s)||United States Navy life|
|Publisher||United States Naval Institute Press|
|Publication date||4 May 2009 (24th Edition)|
|Pages||644 (Hardcover 24th edition)|
|ISBN||ISBN 978-1-59114-153-2 (Hardcover 24th edition)|
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 2009, is the 24th Edition and is given to all enlistees.
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.
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.
Some manuals published betweed 1903 and early 1915 manuals 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.
In 1938, the title was changed from singular possessive to plural possessive: Bluejackets'.
Centennial Edition 
The 2002 Centennial Edition, also called the 23rd Edition, saw several modifications, including a reversion to its original title: Bluejacket's. The "Navy Education and Training" chapter was expanded and the "Naval Missions and Heritage" chapter was added.
Early editions 
|1902||1st||1st||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||Lord Baltimore Press||1902 E.L. Beach||None||304||Envelope|
|1902(reprint)||1st||Reprint||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||USNI||1978 E.L. Beach||0-87021-107-2||304||Envelope|
|1903||2nd||1st||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||Lord Baltimore Press||1903 P.R. Alger||None||391||Envelope|
|1904||2nd||1st||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||Lord Baltimore Press||1904 P.R. Alger||None||391||Envelope|
|1905||2nd||1st||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||Lord Baltimore Press||1905 P.R. Alger||None||391||Envelope|
|1907||2nd||1st||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||Lord Baltimore Press||1907 P.R. Alger||None||391||Book|
|1908||2nd||1st||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||Lord Baltimore Press||1908 P.R. Alger||None||407||Book|
|1911||2nd||1st||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||Lord Baltimore Press||1911 P.R. Alger||None||407||Envelope|
|1911||2nd||2nd||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||Lord Baltimore Press||1911 P.R. Alger||None||407||Book|
|1913||2nd||1st||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||Lord Baltimore Press||1913 R. Earle||None||407||Envelope|
|1913||2nd||2nd||LT Ridley McLean||William H. Moody||USNI||Lord Baltimore Press||1913 E.J. King||None||407||Book|
Later editions 
|1914||1st||1st (5 parts/1 vol.)||None||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||None Listed||None||840||Book|
|1915||2nd||1st (5 parts/1 vol.)||None||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||None Listed||None||849||Book|
|1915||2nd||1st (Book 1/pt. 1)||None||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||None Listed||None||222||Book 1/4|
|1915||2nd||1st (Book 2/pt. 2)||None||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||None Listed||None||247||Book 2/4|
|1915||2nd||1st (Book 3/pt. 3)||None||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||None Listed||None||274||Book 3/4|
|1915||2nd||1st (Book 3/pt. 4)||None||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||None Listed||None||74||Book 3/4|
|1915||2nd||1st (Book 4/pt. 5)||None||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||None Listed||None||47||Book 4/4|
|1915||3rd||1st (5 parts/1 vol.)||None||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||None Listed||None||879||Book|
|1916||4th||1st||None||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||Mar 1916||None||845||Book|
|1917||4th||1st||None||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||Mar 1916||None||845||Book|
|1917||5th||1st||LT Norman Van Der Veer||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||Nov 1916||None||845||Book|
|1917||5th||1st||LT Norman Van Der Veer||Josephus Daniel||Military Publishing Co.||Military Publishing Co.||Nov 1916||None||845||Book|
|1918||5th||1st||LT Norman Van Der Veer||Josephus Daniel||USNI||Franklin Printing||Nov 1916||None||845||Book|
|1918||6th||1st||LT Norman Van Der Veer||Josephus Daniel||Edwin Appleton||Edwin Appleton||1918||None||850||Hardcover book|
|1918||6th||1st||LT Norman Van Der Veer||Josephus Daniel||Military Publishing Co.||Military Publishing Co.||1918||None||821||Hardcover book|
|1922||6th||1st||CDR C.C. Soule||Edwin Denby||Gvmt Printing Office||Gvmt Printing Office||Sep 1922||None||518||Hardcover book|
|1922||6th||2nd||CDR C.C. Soule||Edwin Denby||Gvmt Printing Office||Gvmt Printing Office||1924||None||518||Hardcover book|
|1927||7th||1st||None||Curtis D. Wilbur||Gvmt Printing Office||Gvmt Printing Office||May 1927||None||958||Hardcover book|
|1927||7th||2nd||None||Curtis D. Wilbur||Gvmt Printing Office||Gvmt Printing Office||1928||None||958||Hardcover book|
|1938||8th||1st||None||William Leahy||USNI||USNI||Mar 1938||None||836||Hardcover book|
|1938||8th||2nd||None||William Leahy||USNI||USNI||May 1938||None||836||Hardcover book|
|1938||8th||3rd||None||William Leahy||USNI||USNI||June 1938||None||836||Hardcover book|
|1939||9th||4th (Rev. 8th edition)||None||G.V. Stewart||USNI||USNI||Mar 1939||None||834||Semi-Hardcover book|
WWII Editions 
|1940||10th||5||None||G.V. Stewart||USNI||USNI||1940-1943||None||784||Hardcover book|
|1943||11th||7||None||A.T. Church||USNI||USNI||1943-1944||None||1145||Hardcover book|
|1944||12th||1||None||A.T. Church||USNI||USNI||1944||None||585||Hardcover book|
Post-war editions 
|1946||13th||3||LT Charles Ross||A.T. Church||USNI||USNI||1947-1948||None||622||Hardcover book|
|1950||14th||27||None||Hon. Francis Matthews / J.W. Roper||USNI||USNI||1950-1957||None||828||Semi-Hardcover book|
|1957||15th||7||CAPT John V. Noel||VADM James Holloway||USNI||USNI||1957-1959||None||647||Semi-Hardcover book|
|1960||16th||4||CAPT John V. Noel||VADM W.R. Smedberg III||USNI||USNI||1960-1962||None||641||Semi-Hardcover book|
|1963||17th||6||CAPT John V. Noel||VADM W.R. Smedberg III||USNI||USNI||1963-1966||None||684||Semi-Hardcover book|
|1968||18th||3||None||MCPON Delbert Black||USNI||USNI||1968-1969||None||756||Hard or Soft Cover|
|1973||19th||8||LCDR Arnold S. Lott||MCPON Robert J. Walker||USNI||USNI||1973-1977||0-87021-109-9||644||Soft Cover|
|1978||20th||21||Bill Bearden||MCPON Thomas S. Crow / MCPON W.H. Plackett||USNI||USNI||1978-1989||0-87021-112-9||611||Hard or Soft Cover|
|1990||21st||9||Bill Bearden||MCPON John Hagan / MCPON Duane Bushey||USNI||USNI||1990-1996||1-55750-059-9||771||Hard or Soft Cover|
|1998||22nd||LCDR Thomas J. Cutler||MCPON Jim Herdt||USNI||USNI||1998||1-55750-064-9||643||Hard or Soft Cover|
|2002||23rd||LCDR Thomas J. Cutler||MCPON John Hagan||USNI||USNI||2002||1-55750-221-8||648||Hard Cover|
|2009||24th||LCDR Thomas J. Cutler||USNI||USNI||2009||1-59114-153-2||694||Hard Cover|
- "Bluejacket's Manual, United States Navy 24th Edition". United States Naval Institute store. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
- Faram, Mark D. (JO1) (June 2008). "The Bluejacket's Manual Turns 100". All Hands. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- Weenink, R.A. "The Bluejacket's Manual". Retrieved 9 September 2012.