John Philip Sousa's U.S.Navy Band of the Great Lakes Naval Training Station leading a World War I Liberty Loan parade on a city street (possibly in Chicago, Illinois). Behind them two cars are seen and other marchers carrying signs. One sign reads: "Chip In." Numerous spectators line the sidewalks. View from above of the band in formation for a concert. John Philip Sousa and his wife, Jane, pose in front of a residence. He wears the uniform of a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve. (Note: During World War I, the Navy asked Sousa to train bandsmen at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. On May 31, 1917, at the age of 62, he accepted a commission as a Lieutenant, in the U.S.Naval Reserve and organized a new band at the Great Lakes Center. His fame attracted so many band recruits that he was able to form several Navy bands for other Navy bases and units.)
The U.S. Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois, during World War I. (now called Naval Station Great Lakes, or NAVSTA Great Lakes). Trucks and cars are driven through the main entrance gate. Sailors in uniforms walk in and out of the gate. A building near the gate. A sign on the building reads: 'US Naval Training Station, Great Lakes Illinois'. A flag flutters from a flag pole outside a building. Smoke from chimneys of a factory. Wide ranging views of many buildings at the training station from elevated and ground positions. View of barracks.
Opening scene shows new recruit sailors making up their bunks, at the U.S. Great Lakes Navy training center during World War 2. A broom being used by a sailor. Six recruits using their feet to clean a floor with scouring pads. Recruits sitting out of windows as they clean them in their barracks. Others with pails and cleaning materials on the barracks porch and cleaning the barracks latrine. The barracks members are seen lined up for inspection, which is announced by a bugler. A Lieutenant, Junior Grade, is escorted through the barracks and salutes the barracks chief as he leaves. Next, an honor guard of recruits, in whites, and shouldered arms, raise a rooster flag, outside their barracks, indicating a successful inspection. Recruits are seen engaged in their turn at cleaning shared entities, such as the mess and cooking facilities and staffing them during so-called Service Week. A recruit standing watch outside a building presents arms in salute, as an officer passes to enter. He tries to be observant, taking notice as a truck passes, and of a work party nearby. Scene shifts to sailors on watch aboard a ship. A sailor aboard ship, speaking into an intercom system. Bow view of a U.S. Navy Cruiser, showing heavy guns in her triple turrets. The sentry continuing to walk his post in a military manner. A petty officer demonstrating the venerable art of knot tying to a class of recruits, who then practice tying them, themselves. more views of recruits performing chores. Scene shifts to recruits being trained to operate 40mm Bofors antiaircraft guns. One is seen at controls of a pedestal-mounted M-1917 water-cooled 30 caliber machine gun. The anti aircraft batteries commence firing at a drone biplane seen flying overhead. A flood of tracers is seen directed toward the target drone.
The U.S. Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois (Naval Station Great Lakes) during World War I. United States Navy Captain William Adger Moffett, commanding the training station, poses on the steps of the building. Other officers join him. The group including enlisted men poses.
American sailors at work in the United States near grounds of U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes training facility (Naval Station Great Lakes) in World War I. A group of sailors walks along a street. Buildings along street sides. The sailors carry boxes and lumber boards. They unload coal cars with shovels from raiload cars labeled C&E (Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad). The sailors aboard a small vessel 'SP-1011' underway in water. The vessel is tied up at a dock. A sailor mends his cap. A propaganda slate urges American citizens to support the country and the President.
The U.S. Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. Recruits at the training center. A sailor seated at a desk. The recruits gather nearby. They sign papers. A group of men undresses. They receive bundles from a man behind a counter. They take a shower. Men wrapped in towels present slips of paper at the counter. They receive clothing. The men dress in uniforms.