About NS Great Lakes, IL
Naval Station Great Lakes is located near Chicago, Illinois. It is one of the largest stations owned by the United States Navy and operates the Navy's only boot camp. It consists of nearly 1,200 buildings spread across 1,600 acres of land and functions as a small city in its own right.
The base has more than a century of history. Construction began in 1905 and consisted of 39 buildings, all of which are still standing. The original completion of the base was achieved in 1911 with the construction of the clocktower building, which is a major landmark of the base.
The primary mission of NAVSTA Great Lakes is the training of USN personnel. Around 40,000 recruits pass through the installation every year, with 7,000 on base at any given time. The base also hosts the primary technical training facilities of the USN, with 16,000 advanced students yearly and training coverage of most specialized vocations within the Navy.