Naval Station Great Lakes is home to the United States Navy's only boot camp located in North Chicago. From the moment these naval recruits step onto the base, they live by the credo "Non sibi sed patriae" or "Not for self but for country."
Today's Navy consists of over 400,000 active and reserve personnel. Once your new sailor graduates boot camp, he or she will be a member of an illustrious institution that faces a myriad of demands from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, to working with partners and allies, to dealing with multiple threats and potential conflicts.
When your Navy recruit graduates from Naval Station Great Lakes, it is not only a proud day for your family but a proud day for the nation. Make it a celebration in Lake County, Illinois and stick around for a few days.
Lake County, Illinois is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. The closest airports to Naval Station Great Lakes are O'Hare International Airport in Chicago and General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.
Lake County has so much to offer you and your family as you celebrate your sailor's prestigious accomplishment at Naval Station Great Lakes' graduation.