Naval Station Great Lakes, the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training station in the Navy, hosts the Navy's only Recruit Training Command. Each year approximately 38,000 men and women complete the requirements to become enlisted Navy Sailors at the Navy’s only boot camp. Naval Station Great Lakes is also home to the Navy's technical training schools for surface warfare excellence supported by Training Support Center Great Lakes. Yearly, more than 13,000 students attend these initial and advanced training schools where they learn the basic skills of their Navy jobs.
Since the first group of recruits reported for training July 1, 1911, more than 3.5 million Sailors have started their Navy careers right here in northern Illinois. Their experience in “boot camp” transformed them from civilians into Sailors, and it is an experience that continues to be a source of pride for all who have earned the right to wear the uniform of a United States Sailor. Naval Station Great Lakes is the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training station in the Navy. The installation includes 1,153 buildings with thirty-nine on the National Register of Historic Places. Naval Station Great Lakes sits on 1,628 acres and uses 50 miles of roadway to provide access to the station’s facilities.
In our continuing effort to improve communications and get the word out, Naval Station Great Lakes now has the capability to provide service members, civilians and family members with important information related to the installation through our two HOTLINE phone numbers.
The HOTLINE numbers are 847-688-2459 and 847-688-2467.
The HOTLINE will be used to provide critical information about emergencies, weather-related situations, military force protection issues, or any urgent message the Commanding Officer may want to promulgate to the community. Both numbers are capable of accepting more than one phone call at a time and will provide the same pre-recorded information. We hope this added capability, along with the Naval Station Great Lakes Facebook page and the Great Lakes Bulletin will enhance our ability to communicate information to the community.
Base personnel are also encouraged to visit Lake County Passage during weather-related situations for updated traffic information.
Tours for groups consisting of fewer than 15 persons or greater than 60 persons will not be routinely given unless approved by the Commanding Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes. Tours will not be given on weekends unless approved by Commanding Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes. The tour season for reunion groups will run from the beginning of April until the end of October annually. Tours outside of the tour season will be authorized on a case-by-case basis by the NSGL Commanding Officer.
Arrangements for Civilian Youth Groups--to include NJROTC, Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts and other youth groups--will be made through the NSGL Community Outreach Office at 847 688-3491. Overnight visitation in barracks or in the gym is no longer available.
Ships Reunion Groups. Requests for visitation of ships reunion groups may be authorized when accompanied by a Sailor or by a Navy civil service worker to visit NSGL for short duration. Space in the recruit graduation drill hall may be limited. All arrangements to attend a graduation should be made two months in advance through the Great Lakes Naval Museum and the Recruit Training Command Public Affairs Office. Call 847-688-3154 to arrange a tour.