U.S. Navy Booklets, Brochures and Pamphlets


The GG Archives has an excellent collection of United States Navy and Naval Brochures from the Twentieth Century. Many have been transcribed in their entirity including photographs.


Aviation Brochures


Our Jets of the Unted States Navy

Our Jets of the United States Navy

In Our "Jets" are presented the most interesting of our fighting aircraft, the products of the minds and skills of a really free people. Although military restrictions limit the information that the author may give about some of these aircraft, rest assured that there are none better. (1950)


Wings For The Fleet

Wings For The Fleet

Wings For The Fleet. When the advanced courses in all training are completed, the student aviators and naval flight officers receive their Navy "Wings of Gold"—the final achievement after extensive, and at times exhaustive training. (1972)


Career Related Brochures


The  Navy As A Peacetime Career

The Navy As A Peacetime Career

In this booklet you will find information that may help you decide. It gives you something to think about. Frankly, our aim is selfish. We're still going to need good men to man the Navy. And we want you to know the facts about that Navy—the peacetime Navy—as an inviting permanent career. Armed with the facts, you will be in a better position to make your big decision. (1945)


Life in the Peacetime Navy

Life In The Peacetime Navy

Everything you want to know about Life in the peacetime Navy. Expert Training, 80 Skilled Jobs, Steady Pay, Good Food & Quarters, Exciting World Travel, Opportunities for Promotion & Early Retirement. (1945)


What Kind of Job Can I Get In The Navy?

What Kind of Job Can I Get In The Navy?

The United States Navy is an organization of experts. Almost every man is trained to become a specialist in his specific job. If you have had previous training or experience in a trade when you enlist, you will be given a chance to continue in the same type of work. If you have not had previous experience, you may qualify for training under skilled Navy instructors for the kind of job for which you are best fitted. (1950s)


Life in the Unted States Navy - 1956 Edition

Life in the United States Navy

The Navy today is the same exciting life it has always been. It offers adventure. It offers travel. It offers education and training. This brochure describes everything you want to know about life in the Navy today . . . and your opportunities as a sailor.(1956)


Sailor With A Future

Surface Nuclear Power Program

The Surface Nuclear Power Program offers one of the best educations available anywhere. The program offers a full year of nuclear power training leading to duty aboard nuclear powered aircraft carriers, cruisers, or destroyer leaders. (1966)


Naval Facilities


United States Naval Academy Guide - 1950

Visitor Guide to the United States Naval Academy

Situated on the Severn River, where it flows into the Chesapeake Bay, the Naval Academy adjoins the old Colonial City of Annapolis. The many fine examples of Georgian architecture, the quaint, narrow streets and cobblestone walks have been safeguarded by the citizens of Maryland's capital against the disenchantment of modernization.


Naval Reserves Brochures


The Naval Reserve of the United States Navy

The Naval Reserve of the United States Navy

The purpose of this pamphlet is to acquaint newly appointed Naval Reserve officers with certain basic information in regard to the Navy and Naval Reserve as an aid to them in adapting themselves to the Naval Service and increasing their proficiency as Naval Reserve officers. (1942)


Naval Reserve: Cruise To Faraway Places

Naval Reserve: Cruise To Faraway Places

By joining the Naval Reserve on your 17th birthday (while you're still in high school or a college freshman), you can work off some of your 'participating' time before you ever go on active duty: If you make ROC or NROTC or stay at the top of your college class, you can sometimes work off as much as five years of your participating time before going on active duty. (1950s)


Women in the Navy / WAVES / SPARS


Facts About The WAVES and SPARS

Facts About The WAVES and SPARS

The WAVES is an organization of women whose job is to replace Navy men at shore stations. The SPARS is an organization of women whose job is to replace Coast Guard men at shore stations. Discusses where you will serve, how you will live, Pay, and "Navy blue uniforms designed by the famous stylist Mainbocher to flatter every figure." (1943)


Serve Your Country InThe WAVES or SPARS

Serve Your Country In The WAVES or SPARS

To every woman who wants a part in winning this war. Never in history have American women been offered such a chance to serve their country. Never has there been such an urgent need for their service. (1943)


Front Cover, The Story Of You In Navy Blue - WAVES Recruitment Brochure - Serve in the Navy. Join the WAVES, 27 July 1944.

Story of You In Navy Blue (The WAVES)

The story of you in Navy blue is the story of the thousands of other women who serve their country and their flag as part of the United States Navy. (1944)


WAVES Quarters D

WAVES of Quarters D : Pass In Review

Lavishly illustrated brochure created in 1945 provides an incredible photographic record of the WAVE activities and life in Washington DC at WAVES Quarters D. The Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service were definitely a "Pass in Review." (1945)


Women's Reserve Separation Information Pamphlet

Women's Reserve Separation Information Pamphlet

A job accomplished, a victory won. As WAVES have accepted their responsibilities as citizens in a nation at war, so may they contribute their efforts to the fullest in building a world at peace. Good luck and Godspeed. (1945)


Front Cover, There's Something About a Navy Wave. 1967 Brochure.

There's Something About a Navy Wave - 1967

This 1967 WAVES enlistment brochure provides a transitional phase where the World War II era moves toward full integration into the regular US Navy. The emphasis on fashionable uniforms reflects the period from which this brochure represents.


Welcome to the Navy - Women at Orlando Naval Training Center

Welcome to the Navy - Women at Orlando Naval Training Center

This 1978 brochure offers a glimpse of life at the Orlando Naval Training Center in the late 1970s before women were allowed to serve on most ships except for submarines. (1978)


Recruits, Naval Training and Special Programs


Men Make The Navy - The Navy Makes Men

Men Make The Navy - The Navy Makes Men

Never in all history has the call for defenders of freedom been so urgent as at this moment. Brave men are needed — stout-hearted men —men who would rather fight to stay free than live to be slaves. NOTE: The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has two versions of this booklet: 1942-10-05 and 1942-08-06. (1942)


Study and How

Study And How

"Study-And How!" is a Comic book style, tongue-in-cheek look on how to manage time and learn the materials required to transform yourself from recruit to seaman. Issued during World War II in 1943. (1943)


Hit Da Deck ! Cartoons of Life at the Naval Training Center

Hit Da Deck ! Cartoons of Life at the Naval Training Center

On the pages of the book may be seen the way that many Recruits look upon their first eight weeks in the Navy. However, these cartoons reflect the lighter side of Recruit Training. Includes Autographs collected by the original owner at boot camp. (1944)



U.S. Naval Training Center: Farragut, Idaho

History and scenes of the Farragut USNTC including buildings, receiving new recruits, daily activities, recreation building, Shops, Cobbler, Tailer, Photograph, Mess Hall, Physical Exercises and Drills, Dispensary, Dentist, Sick Bay, U. S. Naval Hospital, Operating Room, Hospital Ward; Outgoing unit; Signalman School; Radio School; Quartermaster School; Main Post Office, Hostess House, Rifle Range, C.P.O. Recreation, Central Auditorium. (1944)


The Story of the Naval Air Training Center at Pensacola

The Story of the Naval Air Training Center at Pensacola

This was a pamphlet put out by the U.S. Navy in February 1944 and titled "Story of the Naval Air Training Center, Pensacola, Florida [The Annapolis of the Air]". The book was limited to 30,000 copies and has 44 pages and has information about officers and history of the base.There are pictures on all the pages

Because of the tremendous turnover of personnel and the rapid pace of training prompted by the exigencies of the war, altogether too few officers, cadets and enlisted personnel have the time to absorb the history, color and traditions that abound in Pensacola, the old Navy Yard, the Naval Air Station and the Naval Air Training Center. This Brochure Tells the Story. (1944)


Helpful Hints to the Navy Recruit - 1945 Edition

Helpful Hints To The Navy Recruit

Distributed by U. S. Navy Recruiting and Induction Service. 28 Pages provide an introduction and good things to know for the new recruit - what to expect on arrival and frequently asked questions. (1945)


Navy Life Begins At Boot Camp

Navy Life Begins At Boot Camp

This booklet shows only one part of Navy training, the basic indoctrination you receive in Boot Camp. Throughout your naval career you will receive other valuable training which will help you to become a skilled specialist and Navy-man. Sea duty, service school, on-the-job training, will all play a vital part in your transition from civilian to sailor. Good Luck . . . and Good Sailing.(1957)


Naval Sea Cadet Corps of the U.S. Navy

Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) of the U.S. Navy

The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) was federally chartered as a non-profit organization in 1962. It is a volunteer youth training program for young men 14 through 17 years of age. Sea Cadets are afforded the opportunity to train in the Seaman, Airman, Fireman and Constructionman rates, (E-1 through E-3). (1971)


Other Brochures


Front Cover, USN Brochure: Welcome Aboard, USS Shangri-La (CVA-38), nd circa late 1950s.

USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) Welcome Aboard - 1950s

Your new ship is a mobile air base that can move rapidly on offense and defense. Our air group gives us a tremendous striking power that can be projected great distances with conventional or special weapons. In time of war this striking power would present a devastating threat to any enemy. In time of peace it forms a powerful deterrent to any aggressor.


Directory of Officers, Fifth Naval District, Naval Station, Norfolk VA

Directory of Officers, Fifth Naval District, Naval Station, Norfolk VA

Listing of US Navy Officers assigned to the Fifth Naval District includes File No, Name, Rank, Duty. Office Phone, Residence Address and Residence Phone.. Published June 1946.


Our Navy at War

Our Navy At War

A Report to the Secretary of the Navy, Covering our Peacetime Navy and our Wartime Navy and including combat operations up to March 1, 1944 By ADMIRAL ERNEST J. KING, U.S.N. Commander in Chief U. S. Fleet, and Chief of Naval Operations. (1944)


Submarine S-49

Submarine S-49

Submarine S-49, decommissioned, 15 pages. Photographs of S-49 Running on the surface; Motor Room; Engine Room; Control Room; Battery Room; and Torpedo Room. (1940)


US Navy Illustrated

US Navy Illustrated

The United States Navy Illustrated. A New Series of Over Fifty Reproductions from Original Photographs. New York: The Continent Publishing Company © 1898 by W. J. Lawrence


1972 Unofficial Directory & Guide, U.S. Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland.

1972 Unofficial Directory & Guide, U.S. Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland.

The booklet was prepared by the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland and published by Boone Publications, Inc


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