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USNTC - Great Lakes - The Keel

Commissioned in 1911, the United States Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois was responsible for training over 125,000 men during the First World War and over 1 million Bluejackets trained during World War II.

The Keel was published for each graduating Recruit Training Command Class and provided a record of their experience at the Training Center along with their name, portrait, Company Commanders and Commanders of the Training Center.

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USNTC Great Lakes Recruit Rosters & Photos

The Company Commanders

Company Commanders were typically USN Petty Officers, First Class with one of the following designations (specialty). The number following their designated specialty was the class (C = Chief, 1 = First, 2 = Second, 3 = Third).

  • Electronics Technician (ET)
  • Fire Control Technician (FC)
  • Gunners Mate (GM)
  • Interior Communications Technician (IC)
  • Boatswain's Mate (BM)
  • Hospital Corpsman (HM)
  • Electrician's Mate (EM)
  • Culinary Specialist (CS)

Main Entrace to the United States Naval Training Center at Great Lakes circa 1948

Main Entrance to the United States Naval Training Center at Great Lakes circa 1948

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