RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO Page: 42 of 81
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Training Center has tremendous military value and we will aggressively advocate for the
retention of these jobs and the instrumental services they provide our nation," Gov. Blagojevich
Gov. Blagojevich is continuing the strong partnerships that have existed between the State of
Illinois, the Congressional Delegation and the local community to preserve and strengthen the
Great Lakes Naval Training Center.
Great Lakes Naval Recruit Training Command (RTC) in Illinois is the central processing location
for Naval recruits. Approximately 50,000 recruits pass through Great Lakes RTC annually with
an estimated 15,000 recruits onboard the installation at any time and is the third largest base in
the Navy. Great Lakes Service School Command (SSC) is the central training location for Naval
enlisted students. Students at SSC either arrive directly from RTC or are returning from the fleet
for further training. While new recruits are onboard RTC approximately nine weeks for basic
training, SSC students will be onboard from two weeks to 14 months, depending on the
The Great Lakes Naval Training Center is home to the U.S. Navy's only Recruit Training
Command. 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 Center's facilities.
The Commission will publicly release its BRAC report by September 8th and will send it to
President Bush. The President has until September 23rd to approve or disapprove the list. The
BRAC list must then be sent to Congress by November 7th, who must also approve or disapprove
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United States. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO, legal document, November 4, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc24404/m1/42/: accessed May 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.