Established in 1911, Naval Station Great Lakes, the "Quarterdeck of the Navy," is the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training station in the U.S. Navy. Located on 1,600 acres on the shore of Lake Michigan between the City of North Chicago and the Village of Lake Bluff, Naval Station Great Lakes supports over 50 tenant commands and elements, as well as over 20,000 Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and DoD civilians who live and work on the installation.  Naval Station Great Lakes is home to Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp.

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