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Finding United States Navy Boot Camp Graduation Books

Finding United States Navy Boot Camp Graduation Books

Over the years, many of you have enquired about the United States Navy USNTC Boot Camp Graduation Books.

According the Recruit Training Command, the longer the time after the publication of a yearbook, the less likely you are to be able to obtain a copy. Recruit Training Command contracts with a publisher for a certain number of copies based on the size of the recruit division and pre-sale of the yearbook. The only way to obtain a copy of a yearbook is to find someone who was in your recruit division and buy it from him/her.

Below is a comprehensive list of websites which will offer all pertinent information:

Naval History and Heritage Command - Naval Training and Education Yearbooks in the Navy Department Library

https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/cruise-books.html

Browse by Location:

  • Bainbridge, MD Compass (Naval Training Center) 41 Books
  • Great Lakes, IL The Keel (United States Naval Training Center) 228 Books
  • Orlando, FL Rudder (Recruit Training Command, Naval Training Center) 31 Books
  • San Diego, CA The Anchor (US Naval Training Center) 58 Books

Naval Training and Education Yearbooks in the Navy Department Library

https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/cruise-books/naval-training-and-education-yearbooks.html

This will list all the years and companies they have books for roughly 358 companies and divisions covering 1948-1995 or about 1% of all companies for Bainbridge, Great Lakes, Orlando, and San Diego.  Only Great Lakes is currently operational as a Naval Training Center.

Recruit Training Command: The Navy’s Only Bootcamp.  https://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/faq.html

Q. I was in boot camp in the early 60’s. Is it possible to receive a copy of The Keel from my time onboard Recruit Training Command?
A. The longer the time after the publication of a yearbook, the less likely you are to be able to obtain a copy. Recruit Training Command contracts with a publisher for a certain number of copies based on the size of the recruit division and pre-sale of the yearbook. The only way to obtain a copy of a yearbook is to find someone who was in your recruit division and buy it from him/her. Please do not e-mail asking for copies of The Keel or the name of the publisher. If it has been longer than a year since your graduation, you will not be able to buy a copy of The Keel from the publisher.

The Military Yearbook Project:

https://militaryyearbookproject.com/

Note: We attempted to navigate their website but their Cascading Style Sheets that control the look and feel of the site were not operational. They have a total of 57 scanned yearbooks of which the majority appear to have been scrapped from our site (GG Archives). The "Full Book" scans they offer (6 books out of the 47 from Great Lakes) may be useful to some of you. Last Accessed 2019-04-15.

AbeBooks
https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/author/united-states-naval-training-center/

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Navy Boot Camp Books at Fold3

Similar to Navy cruise books, Navy support books are "yearbooks" for Navy units that cover an operational deployment, training group, base, or similar group or institution. 

eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/
A number of graduation books are sold via eBay.  To facilitate your search on eBay, we have listed below the different search options which will give you the best results:

  • naval training center -matchbook -postcard -patch -coin
  • the Rudder yearbook
  • the Rudder navy
  • Orlando Rudder
  • the Anchor yearbook
  • the Anchor San Diego
  • the Keel great lakes
  • the keel yearbook
  • the Compass yearbook
  • the Compass Bainbridge
  • the Compass naval
  • the Compass Bainbridge

As sellers are not uniform on what they call the book, it is best to work with a more generic search terms. Setting up a search, include descriptions for Keel Great Lakes or Anchor San Diego or Keel navy book or Anchor navy book.

Setting Up a Google Alert

Google Alerts are emails sent to you when Google finds new results -- such as web pages, newspaper articles, or blogs -- that match your search term.
You can use Google Alerts to monitor anything on the Web. We recommend that you set up a broad-based query keyword such as 1951 Navy Keel Book or US Navy Graduation Book Company 343.

If you start receiving too many results that are not relevant, add more words to your queries such as 1951 Navy Keel Book Great Lakes Company 343. One final note is that these books do not have a common name that everyone uses to refer to them. With that in mind, it is best not to insert queries within quotes.

Other options Include:

  • Local Genealogical Society Libraries
  • Biblio.com and other Used Book Stores, Online and Brick & Mortar Store
  • Public Libraries
  • Remember you can use inter-library loan services for intra and interstate book loans
  • Colleges and Universities (Unlikely but not beyond the realm of possibility)
  • Military memorabilia dealers
  • Local auctions

Contact you fellow sailors that you went to boot camp with.  They are often your best source for a scanned copy.

We hope that this comprehensive list assists you in your search to replace your boot camp book. Unfortunately, we lack the resources to assist you directly with your search.

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