Naval Training Center – Great Lakes IL

Naval Station Great Lakes is the home of the United States Navy’s only boot camp, located near the city of N. Chicago, IL, in Lake County. Important tenant commands include the Recruit Training Command, Training Support Center and Navy Recruiting District Chicago. Naval Station Great Lakes is the second 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 original 39 buildings built between 1905 and 1911 were designed by Jarvis Hunt.

The base is like a small city, with its own fire department, Naval Security Force, 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 that stands 300 feet over the third floor of the building. The large parade ground in front of the administration building is named Ross Field.

In 1996, Recruit Training Center (RTC) Great Lakes became the Navy’s only basic training facility. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission of 1993 resulted in the closure of Naval Training Center San Diego, California and Naval Training Center Orlando, FL, their associated Recruit Training Commands, and the consolidation of US Navy enlisted recruit training to Great Lakes. Approximately 40,000 recruits pass through Recruit Training Command annually with an estimated 7,000 recruits onboard the installation at any time. RTC Great Lakes has been active for over 100 years.
 
For more information and History go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Station_Great_Lakes
 
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