From the days of oars and coal-fired engines to the computerized era of the 21st century, The Bluejacket's Manual
has been an essential part of the American Sailor's sea bag for over one hundred years, serving as an introduction to the Navy for new recruits and as a reference book for Sailors of all ranks. Written by a Sailor whose decades of naval service included sea duty in patrol craft, destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers as both an officer and a "white hat," this newest edition has been overhauled to reflect the current state of the ever-evolving United States Navy and includes chapters on ships and aircraft, uniforms, weapons, damage control, communications, naval customs and ceremonies, security, leadership, pay and benefits, naval missions, military fundamentals, and seamanship.
Unique to this latest edition is the creation of an accompanying website that will serve to keep the book current and provide valuable supplementary material, as well as an improved organization that better fulfills the dual roles of "primer" and reference. In total, this latest edition of a recognized Navy classic continues to serve today's "Bluejackets" and "Old Salts" in the traditional manner while providing a fresh approach that will be welcomed by potential recruits, Navy buffs, and a growing number of Bluejacket Manual collectors.