The Bluejacket's Manual

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The Bluejacket's Manual
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23rd Edition Hardcover
Author Thomas J. Cutler
Country U.S.
Language English
Subject United States Navy life
Genre Handbook
Publisher United States Naval Institute Press
Publication date
4 May 2009 (24th Edition)
Media type Print
Pages 644 (Hardcover 24th edition)
ISBN ISBN 978-1-59114-153-2 (Hardcover 24th edition)
OCLC 262434708

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.[1]

History[edit]

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 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.[3]

In 1938, the title was changed from singular possessive to plural possessive: Bluejackets'.[2]

Centennial Edition[edit]

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 edition's official author is retired Commander Thomas J. Cutler, who called the work as a "collaborative effort".[2]

Early editions[edit]

Bluejacket's Manual Editions by Year
Year Edition Printing Author Foreword/Intro Publisher Printer Dated ISBN Pages Cover
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[edit]

Bluejacket's Manual Editions by Year
Year Edition Printing Author Forward/Intro Publisher Printer Dated ISBN Pages Cover
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[edit]

Bluejacket's Manual Editions by Year
Year Edition Printings Author Forward/Intro Publisher Printer Dated ISBN Pages Cover
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[edit]

Bluejacket's Manual Editions by Year
Year Edition Printings Author Forward/Intro Publisher Printer Dated ISBN Pages Cover
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bluejacket's Manual, United States Navy 24th Edition". United States Naval Institute store. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d Faram, Mark D. (JO1) (June 2008). "The Bluejacket's Manual Turns 100". All Hands. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  3. ^ Weenink, R.A. "The Bluejacket's Manual". Retrieved 9 September 2012.