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Great Lakes Navy Boot Camp Yearbook Collection

Great Lakes Navy Boot Camp Yearbook Collection

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.

Trying to find where to order a replacement USNTC graduation book? We offer this guide to Finding a Replacement for Your NTC Boot Camp Book to assist you in your search. Also check our Great Lakes NTC Graduation Books Wanted page.

USNTC Great Lakes Recruit Rosters & Photos

Roster and Photos for Recruit Company 160 of 1947

Navy Boot Camp Great Lakes The Keel Yearbooks 1947-1949

Great Lakes Navy Boot Camp Yearbook The Keel for 1947-1949 were published for each graduating class at the USNTC Great Lakes Recruit Training Command.

Front Cover, Great Lakes USNTC "The Keel" 1951 Company 037.

Navy Boot Camp Great Lakes The Keel Yearbooks 1950-1954

Great Lakes Navy Boot Camp Yearbook The Keel for 1950-1954 were published for each graduating class at the USNTC Great Lakes Recruit Training Command.

Front Cover, Great Lakes USNTC "The Keel" 1958 Company 502.

Navy Boot Camp Great Lakes The Keel Yearbooks 1955-1960

Great Lakes Navy Boot Camp Yearbook The Keel for 1955-1960 were published for each graduating class at the USNTC Great Lakes Recruit Training Command.

1962 Company 486 Great Lakes US Naval Training Center Roster - The Keel

Navy Boot Camp Great Lakes The Keel Yearbooks 1961-1964

Great Lakes Navy Boot Camp Yearbook The Keel for 1961-1964 were published for each graduating class at the USNTC Great Lakes Recruit Training Command.

1968 Company 208 Great Lakes US Naval Training Center Roster - The Keel

Navy Boot Camp Great Lakes The Keel Yearbooks 1965-1969

Great Lakes Navy Boot Camp Yearbook The Keel for 1965-1969 were published for each graduating class at the USNTC Great Lakes Recruit Training Command.

Front Cover, Great Lakes USNTC "The Keel" 1986 Company 141.

Navy Boot Camp Great Lakes The Keel Yearbooks 1970-2002

Great Lakes Navy Boot Camp Yearbook The Keel for 1970-2002 were published for each graduating class at the USNTC Great Lakes Recruit Training Command.

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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