From the CO: ‘It’s not JUST 8 weeks. Come Ready.’

Applicants,
The Coast Guard is the most selective and recruits the most qualified personnel of any of the military services. Our recruits have the highest ASVAB scores and the most education of any of our fellow services. Due to our selective enlistment process, the average applicant will wait six to eight months before reporting to boot camp, and many times this wait is even longer.

Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Luedecke, a company commander at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., motivates a recruit through incentive training, July 31, 2013. Training Center Cape May is the service's only enlisted basic training facility, which creates more than 80 percent of the Coast Guard's workforce. (Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska)

We expect all applicants to report ready to be pushed to their mental, physical and emotional limits because they are the best volunteers our Nation has to offer and they have had ample time to prepare. Applicants who report for training unprepared physically or mentally will only hurt their opportunity for success. This is not the place to “get into shape.” Training Center Cape May shouldn’t be the first time you take the physical fitness assessment, and you shouldn’t start studying your Helmsman the day you get on the plane to come here.

Over the next several months, we’re going to provide you the knowledge to prepare, but if you don’t have the motivation to prepare, you won’t have the drive to complete our program. We will include workout materials, preparation information, and in depth insight into our program from the training staff and recruits. Please follow our Facebook page, which will provide you a daily glance into the training process.

There are no guarantees here. If you do not meet or exceed every standard, you will not become a Coast Guardsman, and you will be reverted, rephased or washed out of our program. It’s not JUST 8 weeks. This is the challenge and opportunity of a lifetime. Come Ready.

Semper Paratus.

Best of Tides,
Capt. G. Todd Prestidge,
Commanding Officer
United States Coast Guard
Training Center Cape May

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2 Responses

  1. Nikkee Ramos says:

    This information is good to know before starting.

  2. Celya G says:

    Forwarding this vid to my sons’ trainers so they have a handle on how to best help him prepare for boot success – good luck to all!