Naval Station Great Lakes

Navy Boot Camp

2601 E. Paul Jones Street Great Lakes, IL 60088


Great Lakes was approved in 1904 by Theodore Roosevelt. Construction was supervised by Navy Captain Albert R. Ross. Chicago-area architect Jarvis Hunt designed the original 39 buildings and Lt. George A. McKay was the civil engineer for the construction on the 172 acres wilderness location. President William Howard Taft dedicated the Naval Training Station in 1911 and on 3 July 1911 the first recruit arrived.

Naval Station Great Lakes (NAVSTA Great Lakes) is the home of the United States Navy’s only boot camp, located near North Chicago, in Lake County, Illinois. It’s the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training center in the Navy. Important tenant commands include the Recruit Training Command, Training Support Center and Navy Recruiting District Chicago.

Naval Station Great Lakes is the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training station in the Navy. The base has 1,153 buildings situated on 1,628 acres and has 50 miles of roadway to provide access to the base’s facilities. Within the naval service, it has several different nicknames, including “The Quarterdeck of the Navy” or the more derogatory “Great Mistakes”. The base is like a small city, with its own Fire Department, Naval Security Forces (Police), and Public Works Department.

One of the landmarks of the area is Building 1, also known as the clocktower building. Completed in 1911, the building is made of red brick, and has a tower over the third floor of the building.

Over 4,000 active duty staff personnel and families, 14,000 recruits and students, 3,000 government civilian employees, and over 2,000 contractors.



All major airlines serve O’Hare International Airport, which is located about 30 miles southwest of Great Lakes. Taxi and limousine service are both available as well as bus and train.

Although driving in the Chicago area can be intimidating, Naval Station Great Lakes is easily accessible from a major interstate highway, and also from U.S. 41. The Naval Station is located approximately 15 miles south of the Wisconsin state line, several miles east of Interstate 94 and U.S. 41.

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.

The Naval Station Great Lakes Navy Housing Office (NHO) has a trained employee staff of available to serve military families new to the Great Lakes geographical area.


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The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website

To be enrolled in a Texas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.

Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state’s public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders. For more information click here.

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If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

Current servicemembers can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.

Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

Child Care Aware:
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.

There is also a special section on the website for military children covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

Bexar County Human Resources 210-335-2545
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 512-438-4800
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

San Antonio Humane Society 210-226-7461
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District 210-207-8780

Bexar County Sheriff Office 210-335-6000

Base Operator 801-777-1110


Chaplain 801-777-2106


Dental Headquarters 801-777-7011


EFMP Family Support 801-586-2611


Family Advocacy Program 801-777-3497


Housing Services Office 801-777-1840


ID/CAC Card Processing 801-777-1845


Legal Services and JAG 801-777-6626


Medical Appointments 801-728-2600


Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255


On-base housing is available and managed by Lincoln Military Housing. Visit for more information.


8.2 miles from Base

Gated, private community. Easy access to Randolph and Fort Sam Houston. Many military families. Close to shopping, restaurants and activities.

Spring Creek

7.8 miles from Base

Quiet, nice neighborhood with friendly people. Good quality schools within walking distance.

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San Antonio’s climate is classified as warm and temperate. The is a great deal of rainfall in San Antonio, even in the driest month.

Normally every day from April to October in San Antonio is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, as are most days in winter months. Summer temperatures top 79 degrees every day and remain above 69 degrees most nights. San Antonio sees an average of eight days a year with 100-plus degree temperatures.

The coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 38.6°F. In August, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 94.7°F.

The cost of living in San Antonio, TX is 5% lower than the average in Texas and compared to the national average it is 14% lower.

If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In San Antonio, TX goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Texas and are 4% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. Following the San Antonio River, the miles-long River Walk is a landmark pedestrian promenade lined with cafes and shops. HemisFair Park’s 750-ft. Tower of the Americas overlooks the city.

The city is home to three animal attractions. SeaWorld, Antonio Zoo and the San Antonio Aquarium.

San Antonio is also home to several commercial amusement parks, including Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Splashtown and Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park for children with special needs, and Kiddie Park.

San Antonio is home to the first museum of modern art in Texas, the McNay Art Museum as well as seven others. You will aslo find five missions – four in the San Anontio Missions National Historcial Park and the Alamo.

There is also plenty to do for the sports fans with both the professional and college level teams.

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