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Installation Overview


Naval Station Great Lakes is a military town, located on the shores of Lake Michigan, sits 1 hour North of Chicago, Illinois and 1 hour South of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Naval Station Great Lakes is located in the middle of two metropolitan areas Chicago and Milwaukee which can be consider as a high cost area. The base operator's phone number is 847-688-3500 or DSN 312-792-3500.


Great Lakes has been turning civilians into seamen and seamen into Sailors for more than 100 years. From its founding in 1911, Great Lakes has maintained its position as the Navy's largest training facility. Since World War I through today, it has trained and sent to the Fleet more than two million new Sailors through the Recruit Training Command (RTC), and nearly an equal number from its technical schools.

The largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training center in the Navy, the base includes 1,153 buildings on 1,628 acres, and uses 50 miles of roadway to provide access to the station's facilities. For more information on Great Lakes’ history and the installation itself, go to our homepage.


Our mission is to train Sailors for the Fleet. Naval Station Great Lakes (NS) is home to the U.S. Navy's only Recruit Training Command.

Population Served

Naval Station Great Lakes is home to over 4,000 active duty staff personnel and families, 14,000 recruits and students, 3,000 government civilian employees, and over 2,000 contractors.  Naval Station Great Lakes provides services to Active Duty military, their family members and retirees, from a surrounding 16 state area. 

Base Transportation

The shuttle bus on base is free and run by Naval Station Quarterdeck/CDO. Please call 847-688-3300 or DSN 312-792-3300 for more information.


Contact your new command for information on sponsorship assistance. You may also get help with obtaining a sponsor by going to the Navy Personnel web site and clicking on Sponsor Assignment Aid.

Postal Service Center:

Call 847-688-2197; DSN 312-792-2197. Members who will be living in Central Billeting (Gateway Suites & Inn) may request a Post Office Box prior to arrival. Send a letter to 320 A Dewey Ave., BEQ 438, Great Lakes, IL 60088. For all others, make arrangements to forward mail to the gaining command. The commands can only hold mail for up to 15 days.

Temporary Quarters

Upon arrival, Sailors should check-in at the Naval Station Quarterdeck, located on the first floor of Building 2000. Single Sailors will be provided BEQ located at Naval Station. The 24 hour contact number is 425-304-3366 or DSN 312-727-3366. All travelers (PCS, Space-A, TDY) are allowed to make reservations on-line, or call the Front Desk directly. It is recommended if you are PCS'ing with a family please contact NGIS for availability. They can be contacted at 425-304-4860 or DSN 312-727-4860. Pets are not allowed in NGIS.

The Navy Lodge at Smokey Point, near the NGIS, now allows cats and dogs up to 50 pounds in weight when traveling with their owners. All pets should be seen by a veterinarian and have up to date vaccination records. A heath certificate is also a good idea if you are traveling from state-to-state or across international borders. Finally, when you are at the Navy Lodge, treat the area where you walk as if it were your own yard and always clean up after your pet, using the bags provided. The following items are essential to have when checking in with a dog: A sturdy leash and extra collar; an old blanket or sheet for wherever the pet carrier will be secured; old sheets to cover bedding and furniture once you reach your accommodations; your pets own bedding; food and water bowl set; treats; toys or chew items; medications, supplements and preventatives; a flashlight for nighttime walk; brush, comb and lint remover. For a cat: a full litter pan with extra litter; liners and newspaper for underneath; waste removal bags; old towels, carpet cleaner, disinfectant spray and trash bags for accidents.

Not all Navy Lodges are "pet friendly" so please make sure to ask prior to your reservation request. Additional information can be found at the following website. You can contact the Smokey Point Navy Lodge direct at (360) 653-6390.

Relocation Assistance

The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is located near the main gate in Bldg. 26. The FFSC has many programs and services that will be a great help to newcomers, as well as for those who are getting ready to depart from Great Lakes. Relocation services include extensive community information and spouse employment assistance.

Newcomers Brief -- Contact your command for scheduled briefing time. Spouse Orientation is offered on a one-on-one basis.  Child care services are not available. Contact the Fleet and Family Service Center to make an appointment at 847-688-3603 ext. 100.

Critical Installation Information

Pets in Housing

Privatized housing management, Forest City enforces the following breed restrictions: Pit Bulls, Rottweiler, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, and Perro de Presa Canarios.

Associated Links

Military OneSource
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families, and if relocating, search for Culture Grams that can provide useful information about your new duty location.

Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

DS Logon (formerly DEERS)
TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides information on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

Military ID Card/CAC -- Locator
Find all military ID card and CAC facilities worldwide.

Navy MWR
Find MWR resources worldwide

Fleet and Family Support Center
Provides information on Navy family issues.

Navy Official Home Page
Generally applicable service wide information.

Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

Military State Policy Source
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Provides access to resources needed in times of emergency.

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