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Naval Station Great Lakes

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Navy Boot Camp Hands-On Recruit Training at Naval Station Great Lakes

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Navy recruits spend Thanksgiving on Naval Station Great Lakes base | ABC7 Chicago

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Becoming a Sailor, Part 1: Arrival Night at Boot Camp

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Navy Boot Camp Watch Standing Training at Naval Station Great Lakes

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Navy Boot Camp Battle Stations 21 at Naval Station Great Lakes

Naval Station Great Lakes is the home of the United States Navy's only boot camp, located near North Chicago, in Lake County, Illinois. 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 (6.59 km2) and has 50 miles (80 km) 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".
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    • Recruit Training Command 

    • Training Support Center 

    • History 

    • World War I 

    • Interwar period 

    • World War II 

    • 1946 to 1960 

    • 1960s and 1970s 

    • 1979 riots 

    • 1980s 

    • 1990s 

    • Base Realignment and Closure of 1993 

    • Base Realignment and Closure of 2005 

    • Athletics 

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