Surface Warfare Officers School Unit Great Lakes, IL
Commanding Officer

Commander Terrance J. Patterson

United States Navy,
Commanding Officer,
Surface Warfare Officers School Command Unit Great Lakes


Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Andre "Michael" Devon Cleveland

Executive Officer,
Surface Warfare Officers School Command Unit Great Lakes
Senior Enlisted Advisor

Master Chief Machinist Mate Jose Lardizabal

United States Navy,
Senior Enlisted Advisor,
Surface Warfare Officers School Command Unit Great Lakes
SWOSU Overview

Surface Warfare Officers School Command Unit Great Lakes offers the Navy’s only apprentice training track for accession surface engineers, provides accession stage surface Navigation training at the QM ‘A’ school and awards 6 NEC’s through the delivery of 27 engineering ‘C’ schools. SWOSU averages 1,000 students on deck at any one time. The staff at SWOSU is comprised of six officers and over 200 enlisted personnel including Quartermasters and Sailors from all surface engineering rates, ranging in pay grades from E5 to E9. All assigned instructors have completed successful tours at sea and have earned the 9502 NEC by completing the Navy’s Instructor Training Course. Instructors qualify and are cross-utilized between 13 different schoolhouses and each instructor accrues between 21-35 instructional hours weekly.

SWOSU Mission
To provide a continuum of professional education and training in support of Surface Navy requirements that prepare enlisted Sailors to serve at sea, providing apprentice and specialized skills training to 7,500 Sailors a year.
Contact SWOSU
SWOSU Command Duty Officer - 847-257-3363
2331 Isherwood AVE
BLDG 236
Great Lakes IL 60088-2924
Main: (847) 688-7300
DSN: 7300
Email: swosugrlk@navy.mil
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