Naval Air Station Great Lakes
Naval Air Station (NAS) Great Lakes is located in Illinois, about 45 minutes north of Chicago (without traffic). It is the largest training station for the United States Navy and home to the Naval Recruit Training Command, Naval Training Support Center, and the Navy Recruiting District Chicago. Known as the Quarterdeck of the Navy (and to some the “Great Mistake”) this training command post is filled with new recruits and constant training missions. NAS Great Lakes is about 25 minutes from Chicago O’Hare airport, and close to both the Wisconsin and Michigan borders where many people take lake vacations.
NAS Great Lakes is known as the “Quarterdeck of the Navy.” With it being the only boot camp for the Navy, it is a place most sailors start their naval journey. It is also one of the Navy’s central most training commands. It has a high tempo environment, with companies and sailors training and completing exercise missions. Every year, from April through October, you have the opportunity to tour the Quarterdeck of the Navy via a guided tour. Tours are only for groups in sizes 15 or more. It is perfect for youth groups like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and NJROTC cadets.
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