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Recruit Training Command

Navy Boot Camp, Naval Station Great Lakes

Building 7260
(847) 688-2405

Recruit Training Command transforms volunteers into highly professional Sailors through screening, equipping, education, training and attitudinal development. We instill in them and continually reinforce the highest standards of honor, courage and commitment with a basic professional background in support of fleet requirements.

Since opening on July 1, 1911, more than 3.5 million Sailors have started their Navy careers in northern Illinois. Recruit Training Command is a tenant command of Naval Station Great Lakes and reports to Commander, Naval Service Training Command, also headquartered at Naval Station Great Lakes.

Recruit Training Command annually trains roughly 38,000 recruits. An average of 10 divisions of roughly 88 recruits graduates on 48 Fridays throughout the year. On average roughly 420,000 visitors each year attend graduation ceremonies.

In 1993—in the wake of the drawdown after Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm—the Base Realignment and Closure commission decided to shut down Naval Training Center Orlando and NTC San Diego. As a result, Recruit Training Command is the Navy’s only boot camp.

The Recruit Training Command Recapitalization Program started in 1998, the most ambitious building program at Great Lakes since its founding in 1905.

Over 12 years, more than $770 million dollars was invested in Recruit Training Command’s infrastructure.

The Navy built 13 new barracks, each with a dining hall and computer and classroom areas. Three new drill halls were constructed, along with other new training facilities. A state-of-the-art Visitor’s Center and RTC Museum were also built.

Each new barracks can accommodate 12 recruit divisions of up to 88 recruits. The 172,000 square foot buildings support a much more efficient training day for recruits by reducing transit time between classes, meals and other activities.

Naval Service Training Command

Building 1
(847) 688-2500

Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) oversees 98 percent of all initial accessions training for the Navy. This training includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program with more than 4,500 midshipmen nationwide at 73 units representing 159 colleges and universities; Officer Training Command in Newport, R.I., which produces more than 3,000 officers each year; and Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill., which trains more than 35,000 enlisted recruits each year. Additionally, NSTC oversees the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps citizenship development program for more than 84,000 cadets at 612 high schools worldwide.

Navy Region Midwest

Building 1
(847) 688-4286

Navy Region Midwest (NRMW) was established in October 2003 as part of the Navy’s restructuring of shore installations under Commander, Navy Installations Command. It encompasses Navy organizations in a 16-state region.

NRMW provides coordination of base operating support functions, which includes providing expertise in areas such as facilities and land space management, exercise coordination, housing, environment, security, family services, and disaster relief coordination. The NRMW commander is also the regional environmental coordinator, working in concert with EPA regional planning agents.

The 16-state area of responsibility includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Tennessee.

NRMW includes three major Navy Installations; Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane, Ind., and Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, Tenn. NRMW headquarters, Recruit Training Command and one of the Navy’s largest training support centers are located on Naval Station Great Lakes. NSA Crane is home to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, NSA Mid-South is home to the headquarters for Commander Navy Personnel Command, Commander Navy Recruiting Command and more than two dozen other commands and activities.

NRMW also supports Commander, Strategic Communications Wing One (STRATCOMWINGONE), on Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., which provides operational control and administrative support for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons Three, Four and Seven. The wing’s 16 aircraft provide the communication link between national decision-makers and the country’s arsenal of strategic nuclear weapons.

Training Support Center

Building 3
(847) 688-4862

Training Support Center (TSC), Great Lakes was established on April 8, 2004 replacing Service School Command. The command’s mission is to provide management and professional military development of Sailors and functional support to five independently operated Naval Education and Training (NETC) learning sites including Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit (CSCSU), Center for Naval Engineering (CNE), Center for Personal Professional Development (CPPD), Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School (NSWPS), and Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving (CEODD).

TSC’s staff ensures Students maintain the highest standards of personal and military conduct while simultaneously acquiring the technical knowledge and skills necessary to perform effectively in the Fleet. Through the “Sailorization” process, Students receive advanced Naval Military Training, naval history lessons and heritage, mentoring, duty-section training and conduct watchstanding duties. Pride and teamwork is developed through summer Pass-in-Reviews held on historic Ross Field and through Students’ participation in a variety of sport and teambuilding activities to foster the bond of Shipmate camaraderie.

TSC has an annual throughput of approximately 14,000 students, with up to 5,700 students onboard at any time from the most junior Sailor attending a two-week apprentice training class, to foreign military officers studying propulsion and ordnance systems.

TSC has a staff of more than 400 personnel, including a mix of Naval Military Instructors, military technical instructors and contracted instructors, maintenance and administrative personnel as well as support staff.

Due to its extraordinary professional climate, TSC has been recognized as a prime duty station for those in the enlisted community to advance their Navy careers. TSC has received the Retention Excellence Award twice and six quarterly mentions on the Retention Honor Roll.


Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School (NSWPS) Great Lakes is responsible for preparing students for Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUD/S). About 250+ Sailors are at the prep school at a given time for about eight weeks of physical conditioning and mental preparation before transferring on to the BUD/S school in Coronado, Calif.

The course prepares students for the rigors of SEAL training. The majority of SEAL students are enlisted Sailors fresh out of boot camp from Recruit Training Command (RTC). Also present are fleet Sailors who have been selected for SEAL training. While most of the class is enlisted, all future SEAL officers are enrolled, joining their class during the last two weeks of BUD/S Prep to develop class cohesion, leadership and help prepare the class to function as a team when they report to BUD/S.

At the prep school, enlisted and officer candidates train together, with the curriculum providing each candidate the opportunity for success through daily physical and academic training.


Building 215
(847) 688-2021

Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Great Lakes ensures that recruit graduates transferring to TSC from RTC and fleet returnees are introduced to and made aware of the many resources available to them. The PFM curriculum, designed and distributed by CPPD, is taught by contracted instructors during the TSC’s indoc program. The NMT program itself also stems from the unit.

The Journeyman Instructor Training (JIT) course provides training and mentorship for staff instructors providing the Instructor designation, and the 9502 Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) code and is again written by CPPD.


Building 329
(847) 688-4686

Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving (CEODD) was designed to prep Sailors in the EOD and Navy Diving (ND) rating for follow-on training at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Fla. The course, which is conducted separately for each rating, consists of 12 days of Navy Diver preparatory instruction covering the fundamentals of diving in relation to anatomy and physiology, operational risk management, equipment operations, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and small arms qualifications.

Additionally, Sailors in the Navy Diver (ND) rating receive an introduction to engineering via a 20-day curriculum at the BECC prior to commencing the preparatory course.

A class at what is commonly known as “Dive Prep” generally consists of 35 Navy Diver and EOD candidates and five Dive Medical Technicians (DMT) from the Corpsman (HM) rating. Students are placed in the classroom phase of training, receiving general diving and safety knowledge for the first five days in the school. Then, for the next seven days they participate in the pool phase of the course.

Navy Diver candidates may come directly from “boot camp” at Recruit Training Command (RTC) or they may be assigned as fleet returnees.


Building 621
(847) 688-3535

Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit (CSCSU) Great Lakes provides apprentice and advanced technical training to several surface ratings. The command provides technical education in areas of Surface Common Core (SCC) for undesignated personnel and Apprentice Technical Training (ATT), a precursor to “A” school, for the following ratings: Electronics Technician (ET), Fire Control Technician (FC), Gunner’s Mate (GM), Interior Communications Electrician (IC), Sonar Technician Surface (STG), Mineman (MN), Electrician’s Mate (EM) and Gas Turbine Systems Technician Electrical (GSE) rates. Additionally, the command is the sole provider for “A” School training in the following rates: ET, FC, GM, IC, Boatswain’s Mate (BM), Operations Specialist (OS) and Quartermaster (QM). Seven additional courses taught onboard CSCSU which provide advanced training (“C” Schools) to IC Electricians on specific equipments and systems.


Building 236
(847) 688-3466

Center for Naval Engineering (CNE) Great Lakes provides apprentice and advanced technical training to several surface ratings. The command provides technical education in areas of Basic Engineering Common Core which provides apprentice-level training to all engineering ratings and Machinist Mate (MM), Gas Turbine Specialist (GS), Engineman (EN), Hull Technician (HT), Machinery Repairman (MR), Damage Controlman (DC) and Electrician’s Mate (EM) Strands, and various “C” Schools.


Building 1A
(847) 688-2600

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Midwest provides civil engineering, public works and environmental support to Navy, Marine Corps and other Department of Defense activities across the 16 states that comprise Navy Region Midwest. Headquartered at Naval Station Great Lakes, the command’s 900 professionals include civilian architects, engineers, acquisition specialists, environmental specialists, public works tradespeople and administrative personnel, as well as active-duty Civil Engineer Corps officers, Seabees and Reservists.

Public Works Department

Building 2016
Offices: (847) 688-5395
Trouble Desk: (847) 688-4820

Public Works Department Great Lakes provides facilities engineering and support services to the naval station commanding officer and all tenants on base. This includes planning, construction, contracting, maintenance and repair of the base’s buildings and streets, janitorial, grounds maintenance and snow removal services, and stewardship of the base’s natural and cultural resources. The PWD produces essential utilities including steam, water and electricity for the base. One of PWD Great Lakes’ most visible recent efforts is the 12-year, $770-million renovation of Recruit Training Command, completed in 2010. This complete overhaul of Navy boot camp facilities is saving energy and has improved Sailors’ basic training.

Navy Band

Building 150
(847) 688-4760

U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes celebrates 100 years of “Pride in Service.” From its first performance in July 1911, to Lieutenant John Philip Sousa’s 300-piece Bluejacket Band, to today’s current mission of representing the Commander, Naval Service Training Command, the band enjoys a rich history of serving the Sailors and citizens of the Midwest with pride and distinction.

In the beginning, the band provided ceremonial support for boot camp graduations, as well as patriotic performances for the community on behalf of the base Commandant, Captain Albert F. Ross. The band, with bugle squad, quickly grew to 45 Musicians. Later, the bugle squad separated from the band to form its own group at the Bugle School, performing as a drum and bugle corps.

In 1917, because the base had grown from 1,500 to over 15,000 Sailors, Commandant W. A. Moffett appointed Lieutenant John Philip Sousa, USNR, as Director of Music. Sousa was tasked to increase the size and scope of Navy music by creating a Music School to provide only the finest musicians for the fleet. On station, the 300-member professional Great Lakes “Bluejacket Band” was the pride of the Navy and the nation.

During World War I, over 1,500 musicians trained at Great Lakes, creating 15 Regimental Bands, the 300-member Bluejacket Band, plus over a dozen Navy Bands to service the fleet. An important duty of the band was to support the Liberty War Bond drives, where they raised thousands of dollars for the war effort. The Bluejacket Band commonly traveled in eight railroad cars reaching 26 cities to perform more than 40 concerts in 20 days. During this period they were considered the “official band of the Navy Department.” President Wilson, after attending a concert in New York City’s “Hippodrome,” declared Great Lakes Navy Band as “America’s Band.”

In 1942, the Navy enlisted 5,000 African-American musicians, such as trumpeter Clark Terry, saxophonist Von Freeman and composer Gerald Wilson, successfully creating some of the best bands in the country and helping to end segregation in the Navy. Also of note, Musician First Class James Parsons, trumpeter, was later appointed by President John F. Kennedy as the first African-American Federal Judge with permanent tenure.

From the “Golden Age of Bands” to today’s technology-driven entertainment, U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes continues “Pride in Service” as a force for global good through community outreach, diversity, recruitment and honoring those who serve.

Defense Logistics Agency

Defense Logistics Agency,
Document Services
Building 2A, Suite 100
(847) 688-3715 or (847) 327-7226

Defense Logistics Agency, Document Services provides a full portfolio of document services ranging from traditional offset printing, through on-demand output to on-line document services. Further, DLA Document Services is recognized as a transformation agent actively moving the DoD toward the use of on-line documents and services. Initiatives include an on-line customer eBusiness interface, Electronic Document Management Centers of Excellence for customer shared capability, Distribute and Print services (distribution of a digital file to multiple production facilities and print on demand), Equipment Management Solutions (best-value document support equipment in customer workspaces) and document conversion services (one of the largest providers in the federal government). Defense Logistics Agency, Document Services offers unique solutions, tailored to your organization, that are cost effective and secure.

Defense Logistics Agency,
Disposition Services
Building 3212A
(847) 688-3655

DLA Disposition Services (formerly known as the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service) is part of the Defense Logistics Agency. Our mission is to anticipate needs and deliver great performance to our customers through the reuse, transfer, donation, sale or disposal of excess property.

Defense Commissary Agency

Building 3451
(847) 688-2644

The Great Lakes commissary is located in Burkey Mall. Commissary patrons include members of the military services, the Reserve and National Guard, military retirees and members of their immediate families. Commissary savings rank, along with medical care, at the top of military members’ most valued items of non-pay compensation. It is also a key part of military retiree compensation.

Marine Air Control Group 48

Building 3200
(847) 688-7129

Marine Air Control Group 48 (MACG-48) Headquarters along with two of its subordinate squadrons Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron and Marine Wing Communications Squadron (MTACS-48 and MWCS-48), is located aboard Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill. Comprised of seven units located in eight states across the United States and totaling over 1900 Marines, MACG-48 belongs to 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve.

MACG-48’s mission is to coordinate all aspects of air command and control defense within the Marine Aircraft Wing. Additionally, MACG-48 provides the command and staff functions for the MACG commander when deployed as part of the Aviation Command Element (ACE) of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF).

MACG-48 was activated on Sept. 1, 1967, at Glenview, Ill. From the late 1960s through the 1980s, MACG-48 Marines participated in many training exercises, honing their combat skills, refining their tactics, techniques, and procedures in order to keep abreast of the ever changing C3 community (Command, Control, and Communication).

From August 1991 to April 1991, MACG-48 Marines deployed in support of operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, augmenting the active duty component. In August 1995, MACG-48 relocated to Fort Sheridan in Highwood, Ill. After five years in Highwood, the Group moved again to its current location aboard Naval Station Great Lakes.

MACG-48 has mobilized over 1,800 Marines and Sailors in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM to support the Global War on Terror. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States. Once again, Marines from MACG-48 were called upon to provide command and control expertise and long haul communication capability in support of disaster relief efforts.

In June 2010, MACG-48 stood up a new unit, Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 4 (VMU-4), in Yuma, Ariz. VMU-4’s mission is to operate and maintain an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to provide unmanned air reconnaissance support to the MAGTF.

Today, MACG-48, along with its subordinate units, stands ready to mobilize in support of any contingency.

Military Medical Support Office

(847) 688-3950 or (888) 647-6676

The Military Medical Support Office (MMSO) supports remotely located active duty, Reservist, and National Guard service members in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard who must receive health care through civilian health care systems. MMSO also provides support to other service member populations such as new acquisitions en route to their first permanent duty station. MMSO functions include, but are not limited to, authorization of specialty medical care, dental care and claim payment determinations.


Building 2, Suite 300
(847) 688-3805

Servicing two Flag Officers, 59 ROTC units and more than 100 Navy commands throughout a 16-state region: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana  and Ohio.

In October 2012, the Judge Advocate General’s Corps reorganized the Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) to meet the Navy’s evolving demands for expeditionary legal services support while continuing to provide quality military justice service. To prepare the JAG Corps to meet the challenges that lie ahead, the JAG Corps replaced the Naval Legal Service Offices (NLSOs) with Defense Service Offices (DSOs). The DSOs’mission will be to defend service members in military justice proceedings, represent them at administrative boards, and provide other representational services, including advice on non-judicial punishment and adverse personnel actions.

NLSO transferred the mission of providing legal assistance services to the Region Legal Service Office (RLSO). Legal assistance services include wills and powers of attorney, and matters involving consumer, family, landlord-tenant, and predatory lending law.

This realignment will change the way Sailors receive defense services in 12 locations around the fleet. This change will be similar to the way Sailors currently receive personal defense services when they are at sea. Sailors requesting defense services such as representation for courts-martial or administrative boards will make initial contact with an attorney by telephone or other remote communication technology, with subsequent in-person consultation arranged, if necessary. These locations are Everett, Whidbey Island, Port Hueneme, Lemoore, Corpus Christi, New Orleans, Millington, Kings Bay, Guantanamo Bay, Newport, Earle, and Sigonella.

Navy commands will retain their current staff judge advocate support. RLSOs will continue to provide court-martial prosecution and command legal advice to Navy region and installation commanders, and tenant commands such as ships and squadrons.

Navy Drug Screening Laboratory

Building 38-H
(847) 688-2045, ext. 112

The Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, Great Lakes, provides rapid and accurate drugs of abuse testing using state of the art testing procedures.

The laboratory utilizes advanced clinical chemistry analyzers and modern gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers to provide accurate drug testing results.

Each year the NDSL Great Lakes tests well over 500,000 specimens and confirms approximately 500 positive results per month.

The laboratory has the capabilities to analyze urine samples for marijuana and cocaine metabolites, amphetamines, methamphetamines (including ecstasy), heroin, phencyclidine (PCP), oxycodone, oxymorphone, codeine and morphine.

We have a staff of senior scientists trained to provide expert witness testimony at military legal proceedings and to provide technical consultations regarding legitimate prescription use.

The laboratory conducts and participates in scholarly research to develop and implement new drugs of abuse testing methodologies and technologies.

Navy Operational Support Center

Building 190
(847) 688-3760

“Ready Now. Anytime, Anywhere.” The mission of the U.S. Navy Reserve is to provide mission-capable units and individuals to the Navy, Marine Corps Team throughout the full range of operations from peace to war. In today’s environment, the Navy Reserve is called on to play an increasingly active role in the day-to-day planning and operational requirements of the active Navy. The Navy Reserve represents 20 percent of the Navy’s total assets and is a significant force multiplier the fleet must have to meet its growing global obligations. Nowhere is this more evident than aboard NOSC Chicago, the “Gem of the Mid-West” and finest Operational Support Center the Navy has to offer. NOSC Chicago’s mission is to provide administrative and logistic support to more than 1,700 Navy Reservists from 48 units throughout the upper Midwest for mobilization readiness and operational support to the Fleet. On any given month, there are 200 to 300 of NOSC Chicago’s Selected Reservists mobilized in support of various Naval missions throughout the world.

Navy College Office

(847) 688-4681 ext. 216
Fax Number: (847) 688-5339
Email: nco.greatlakes@navy.mil

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to noon. Closed All Federal Holidays

The Navy College Office (NCO) Great Lakes provides a wide range of educational services for Navy personnel, dependents, retirees and veterans. The Navy College provides Sailors with opportunities to earn college degree through a variety of options. The program’s mission is to provide continual academic support to Sailors while they pursue a technical or college degree, regardless of their location or duty station. 

Navy Exchange

Burkey Mall
Building 3452
(847) 578-6280

Student Store
Building 400
(847) 578-6329

Home Gallery
Building 3212A
(847) 578-6241

Housing Mini-Mart/Gas Station
Building 8150
(847) 578-6247

Recruit Store/Photo Lab
Building 1326
(847) 578-6180

Navy Exchange (NEX) retail stores found on Navy installations worldwide, offer a wide variety of products and services to authorized customers. NEXs offer prestige brands, national mass brands and private brands, all at significant savings. The NEX offers customers Best Brands at Best Buys. While many retailers offer best brands and many offer best buys, only the NEX offers both. On average, customers save 20 percent, not including sales tax, when shopping at a NEX.

Seventy percent of the profits generated within the Exchange System are given back to Sailors in the form of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) distributions. In fact, in its 63-year history, the Navy Exchange has contributed over $2.2 billion to the MWR Fund. The remaining thirty percent is retained by the Navy Exchange System and funds new stores, renovations, and other capital and major improvement projects.


Building 3400
(847) 688-7100

The command’s mission is to recruit men and women who meet mental, moral, physical and other specific standards for enlistment and obtaining the best qualified applicants from civilian sources for enlistment of officer candidates, and for direct appointment as officers in the regular Navy and Navy Reserve.

Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Chicago is one of 26 recruiting districts under Commander, Navy Recruiting Command. The 61,945 square miles assigned to NRD Chicago includes Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana, Eastern Wisconsin and the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Within the district, there are 65 recruiting stations that are divided into ten zones, and two Military Entrance and Processing Station (MEPS) Offices and the district’s headquarters.

NRD Chicago has assigned 238 total personnel consisting of 196 enlisted personnel, 29 civilians and 13 officers, also comprising of 37 support and MEPS personnel, who annually provide their share and more of the finest of today’s young men and women for the Navy of tomorrow.

Chicago Recruiting Battalion

Building 3215
(224) 538-3501

The Chicago Recruiting Battalion conducts immediate and effective operations throughout its area of responsibility to recruit highly motivated, committed, qualified men and women, both officer and enlisted, to serve in the United States Army and Army Reserve, whereby providing the force to an expeditionary Army committed globally to the “War on Terror,” professionally and with integrity.


NCISRA Great Lakes
Building 2, 2nd Deck
(847) 688-5655

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service Central Field Office has an expansive area of responsibility encompassing the Gulf region through the central United States, and including 22 states from Panama City, Fla., to Corpus Christi, Texas, to Chicago, Ill.

Agents in the Central Field Office work cases in the three primary disciplines: criminal operations, economic crimes, and foreign counterintelligence. In addition, the Central Field Office and its subordinate components support specialized units for cold case and computer crimes, as well as Domestic Violence Units (DVU), a polygraph unit, a computer investigations and operations unit, and Major Case Response Teams (MCRT).

Personnel Support Detachment

Customer Service Desk-RTC
Building 322
(847) 688-5550

Provides pay, personnel and transportation services to designated active and reserve commands, and all other eligible Department of Defense customers in the 16-state Region Midwest area of operation.


Building 177
(847) 688-4591

Our mission is to expeditiously process Sailors in the transient pipeline to service schools, fleet assignments or for separation. TPU also serves as a Navy Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS), a Regional Restricted Barracks, and Military Confinement Liaison. 

U.S. Military Entrance

Processing Command (USMEPCOM)
Building 3400
(847) 688-4874

Headquarters, United States Military Entrance Processing Command is located in Building 3400, at the corner of Green Bay and Buckley Roads, just south of the Great Lakes Navy Exchange. A joint service Department of Defense command, USMEPCOM is staffed by representatives of the five service branches and Department of the Army civilians. Two Sector headquarters, also located in Building 3400, provide intermediate management in operating 65 Military Entrance Processing Stations located throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

USMEPCOM ensures the quality of military accessions during peacetime and mobilization in accordance with established standards. About 250,000 new recruits successfully pass through “Freedom’s Front Door” annually on their way to fill the ranks of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

The Command’s motto “Freedom’s Front Door” reflects the fact that all applicants for enlistment in the armed forces first must meet Department of Defense and service enlistment standards, which begins by entering a MEPS front door. Once inside, each applicant is administered the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, receives a physical examination, initiates a background check, meets with a service representative to complete the enlistment contract, is administered the Oath of Enlistment, and will depart “Freedom’s Front Door” en route to their service’s individual entry training.

More than 500,000 enlistment ASVAB tests are administered annually by MEPS. It is offered as a Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT-ASVAB) at the MEPS and as a paper and pencil version at more than 470 Mobile Examining Test sites throughout the country. Both versions provide basic qualification and assurance that enlistees have a strong chance of success in specific technical training and occupations.

Additionally, more than 650,000 high school students are administered the student ASVAB annually under the Department of Defense Career Exploration Program. The student ASVAB provides a counseling tool for guiding students in their academic and vocational programs while furnishing a “talent pool” of qualified potential enlistees to the military recruiting services.

Thorough medical examinations are used to determine applicants physical qualifications for enlistment. More than 500 MEPS physicians administer an average of 350,000 medical examinations annually. These examinations help ensure that applicants can meet the demanding physical challenges of basic training and military service.

Background screening of applicants is equally important to military entrance processing. It includes pre-enlistment interviews, fingerprinting and initiating Entrance National Agency Checks.

Processing today’s armed forces applicants for enlistment requires USMEPCOM to have a highly competent, technical and motivated team of professionals. Each MEPS military and civilian member is a vital part of attaining the ultimate goal…bringing the nation’s best young people on to the country’s defense team.

Goodwill Industries

The U.S. Navy, Goodwill and NISH are partnered at Great Lakes through the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Program. This program provides good employment opportunities for people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment through training so that they become independent and self-sustaining individuals who contribute to their communities. Goodwill provides trained professionals who work directly and closely with individuals with severe disabilities.

While a Navy base may not be a place where you would expect to find a Goodwill operation, Goodwill provides food service, laundry, administrative and logistic services to both Sailors and recruits at Naval Station Great Lakes. In fiscal 2008 more than 900 Goodwill employees with disabilities provided over 10.1 million meals in 13 galleys, issued 3 million uniform items and processed over 4.5 million pieces of mail for the Sailors and recruits. The 25-year relationship has been repeatedly recognized and honored by multiple organizations as a stellar example of a partnership at its best.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Building 158
(847) 688-4431 or (312) 353-6400

Responsible for water resources development in the Chicago metropolitan area, an area of about 5,000 square miles with a population of about eight million. The district’s primary mission areas are flood damage reduction, navigation, shore protection, emergency management, environmental functions and support for others.

Relief Society

Building 26
(847) 688-6830

The Society’s mission is to provide—in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps—financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Service of the United States, their eligible family members and survivors, when in need; and to manage funds to administer these programs.

USO Great Lakes

Building 27
(847) 688-5591
Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Located just inside the main gate at Farragut Avenue, on the second deck of historic Building 27, the USO of Illinois Great Lakes Center provides a “home away from home” for thousands of military personnel and their families since it opened here in 1985. The USO Great Lakes Center, which is open to all military personnel whether active duty, reserve or retired, operates 365 days a year. Guests are greeted like family by volunteers and staff as they enter our relaxed atmosphere.

The USO Great Lakes Center also provides many free programs and supports local events aimed at enhancing the lives of military personnel and their families. A few of these popular programs and events include: car seats and diapers for military families who find themselves in need; convenient and entertaining free holiday parties for dependent children; Thanksgiving Day traditional turkey dinner; and free “No-Dough Dinners” served the night before payday.

The USO Great Lakes is just one of four USO of Illinois centers. The USO centers at both O’Hare and Midway airports cater to the needs of our traveling military, and the USO Navy Pier accommodates our military personnel on liberty. The USO of Illinois also has programs that provide free or discounted tickets to local theatre, concerts, and Chicago and Milwaukee sporting events. Please visit the USO of Illinois website at www.uso.org/illinois for the latest information. The USO Great Lakes looks forward to welcoming you.


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