US Navy Boot Camp Yearbook Archival Collections
The GG Archives houses a collection of Navy Boot Camp (USNTC) graduation books from four navy boot camp locations.
Physical training, inoculation against diseases, and training in first aid, physical hygiene, and related subjects form another major part of the recruit training program. These articles highlight boot camp life, procedures, traditions, and more.
Collection of Navy Boot Camp Yearbooks - The "Compass" with rosters and photographs of recruits at the Naval Training Center at Bainbridge, Maryland. Our collection dates from 1951 through 1956.
Collection of Navy Boot Camp Yearbooks - The "Keel" with rosters and photographs of recruits at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois. Our largest collection of the boot camps encompasses the years 1947-2010.
Small Collection of Navy Boot Camp Yearbooks - The "Rudder" with rosters and photographs of recruits at the Naval Training Center at Orlando, Florida. This collection dates from 1970-1986.
Collection of Navy Boot Camp Yearbooks - The "Anchor" with rosters and photographs of recruits at the Naval Training Center at San Diego, California. One of our larger collections of boot camp books dates from 1955-1991.
Our small but growing collection of group photographs from Naval Training Centers. The photos in this section are large format. Small group photographs can also be found in many of the boot camp books in our collection.
Archive of Requests for Replacement Books or Scanned Copies of Specific Sections of the Boot Camp Graduation Yearbooks for Great Lakes, San Diego, Bainbridge and Orlando Naval Training Centers. We are no longer updating these Pages but will leave them up indefinitely so that those who have inquired can continue to receive leads.
Also check our resource guide Finding United States Navy Boot Camp Graduation Books.
Browse our entire collection of U.S. Naval Training Center boot camp graduation yearbooks from Bainbridge (The Compass), Great Lakes (The Keel), Orlando (The Rudder), and San Diego (The Anchor).
Brief History and Location of Navy Boot Camps
San Diego: Boot Camp San Diego was used from 1923-1997 and is now the site of Liberty Station. The base, located at the northern end of San Diego Bay trained tens of thousands of sailors. The site was also used as a location for a number of movies including Top Gun. Location: 3455 Senn Rd., San Diego 92136, 32°44′8″N 117°12′44″W.
Great Lakes: Currently the only remaining Naval Training Center located in Waukegan, just north of Chicago. The original building dates from 1905. This station along with San Diego comprises the bulk of our collection of NTC yearbooks. Location: 3410 Sailor Drive Great Lakes, IL 60088-3510. 42°18' 36″N 87° 51' 00″W.
Newport: Naval station (NAVSTA) Newport traces its history back to 1881 when the navy acquired coasters harbor island from the state of Rhode Island. On 4 June 1883, the island became home to the navy's first recruit training station. A year later, on 6 October 1884, the naval war college was established on the island. Today, NAVSTA Newport is home to nearly 50 U.S. Navy, Marine corps, coast guard, and army reserve commands, and federal activities. It remains a U.S. Navy premier site for training officers, officer candidates, senior enlisted leaders, and midshipman candidates and supporting training for several enlisted personnel rates. NAVSTA is also the home to the naval undersea warfare center, division Newport which is one of two U.S. Navy full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support centers for submarine warfare systems and many other systems associated with the undersea battlespace. 41° 31' N; 71° 20' W.
Orlando: Originally an Army Air Base, it was transferred to the Navy in 1968 when it became the Naval Training Center Orlando. This Naval boot camp was utilized until 1998. It had the distinction of being the only NTC providing training for female Navy recruits. The former Naval Training Center (NTC) Orlando is comprised of four non-contiguous facilities: the Main Base, Area C, Herndon Annex, and McCoy Annex. The Main Base was located approximately three miles east of downtown Orlando. Area C is located approximately one mile west of the Main Base, Herndon Annex is located approximately 1.5 miles south of the Main Base and McCoy Annex is located approximately eight miles south of the Main Base. 3720 Lower Park Rd, Orlando FL 32814. 28° 34.491' N, 81° 20.268' W.
Bainbridge: Active from 1942 to 1947; and 1951 to 1976. USNTC Bainbridge was located about 35 miles northeast of Baltimore, Maryland. The majority of the recruits who went through boot camp at Bainbridge, about 244 thousand, did so during World War II. Location: Bainbridge Rd, Port Deposit, MD 21904. 39° 35.966' N, 76° 6.628' W.