Title: The Bluejackets’ Manual, United States Navy, 1940 10 edition. Apostrophe after the s. Later editions and the newest edition now has the Bluejacket’s Manual

Author: None Listed, Although the original first print of the Navy Bluejacket’s Manual in 1902 was done by Lieutenant Ridley McLean, USN revised by Lieutenant R. Z. Johnson U.S.N.

Introduction: Yes, to each new revision of the Navy Bluejacket’s Manual there is information about what the new edition has changed.

Title: The Bluejackets’ Manual, United States Navy, 1940 10 edition. Apostrophe after the s. Later editions and the newest edition now has the Bluejacket’s Manual

Author: None Listed, Although the original first print of the Navy Bluejacket’s Manual in 1902 was done by Lieutenant Ridley McLean, USN revised by Lieutenant R. Z. Johnson U.S.N.

Introduction: Yes, to each new revision of the Navy Bluejacket’s Manual there is information about what the new edition has changed.

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]

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]

Title: The Bluejackets’ Manual, United States Navy, 1940 10 edition. Apostrophe after the s. Later editions and the newest edition now has the Bluejacket’s Manual

Author: None Listed, Although the original first print of the Navy Bluejacket’s Manual in 1902 was done by Lieutenant Ridley McLean, USN revised by Lieutenant R. Z. Johnson U.S.N.

Introduction: Yes, to each new revision of the Navy Bluejacket’s Manual there is information about what the new edition has changed.

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]

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]

The University Archives and Special Collections Department recently received a donation to our Special Collections from Dr. David Beams, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Beams donated a 1944  Bluejackets’  Manual  on behalf of his uncle, Charles O. Beams. Charles served in the Navy during World War II, carrying his  Bluejackets’ Manual  with him throughout his career in the Navy.

This gracious donation signifies an important milestone for the U.S. Navy and training centers– The Bluejackets’ Manual  celebrates an anniversary this year. It has been providing all Navy members aboard ship consistently up-to-date, sound advice for 110 years.

By World War I,  The Bluejackets’ Manual was issued to every recruit entering boot camp. In fact, the U.S. Naval Institute released their copyright of the manual to ensure that enough copies could be provided for expansion of enlisted members–rising from 25,000 in 1902 to 200,000 by the end of World War I.

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