Naval Station Great Lakes

Where to stay and what to do when boot camp is through...

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."

38,000 – 40,000 recruits become Sailors at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes annually with graduation ceremonies held 48 times a year – generally on Thursday mornings.

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.


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