It’s time for Cadence Contest 2013!

 The Coast Guard will begin releasing the services Top 5 Cadences of 2013 from its Cadence Contest giving the service fans chance to vote on their favorite, get a sneak peek at basic training, and learn about Coast Guard history, missions and culture. A new cadence will be release everyday on Facebook and YouTube through Friday.

“The days of the Coast Guard adopting other armed forces cadences are gone,” said Capt. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer of Training Center Cape May. “The Cadence Contest has quickly developed a deep pool of original and motivating Coast Guard Jodie calls, which directly contribute to ensuring the Future of America’s Coast Guard is basic trained, physically fit and smartly disciplined.”

Few things are more military or evoke more boot camp symbolism

Coast Guard Recruit Company Quebec 188 recites "Old Man James" during film of the Coast Guard's Top 5 Cadences for 2013 at Training Center Cape May, N.J., Sept. 5. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska.

Coast Guard Recruit Company Quebec 188 recites “Old Man James” during film of the Coast Guard’s Top 5 Cadences for 2013 at Training Center Cape May, N.J., Sept. 5. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska.

than calling cadence, and nowhere in the Coast Guard is cadence more a part of day-to-day life than Training Center Cape May, N.J., the birthplace of the Coast Guard enlisted corps. That’s why the staff at the training center lead the Coast Guard’s Cadence Contest each year, which solicits original cadences from servicemembers from across the Coast Guard. Coast Guardsmen from across the service, including officer and enlisted members, submit their best cadences for consideration as the Coast Guard’s Top Cadence for the year, and 2013 was no exception.

“The creativity and capability of our servicemembers never ceases to amaze me,” said Prestidge. “Training Center Cape May asked for the best cadences this year, and the Jodie calls that were selected are among the best the service has to offer.”

The Top 5 Cadences of 2013 were meticulously scrutinized by the staff at the training center with several levels of screening and selection that included the most senior staff stationed here. Each cadence tells a story, and each story has a deeper meaning aimed at educating, motivating and better preparing the future of America’s Coast Guard.

Fans of the Coast Guard and Training Center Cape May can decide the service’s Top Cadence of 2013 by “liking” them on Facebook or YouTube through Oct. 14, 2013.

The Top 5 Cadences of 2013 will be released in the following order:

Monday: “Old Man James” by Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz, which chronicles the life and death of Captain Joshua James of the U.S. Life Saving Service

Tuesday: “Turn It Up!” by Petty Officer 1st Class Sergio Cosby, which is based on a narcotics interdiction operation Cosby was involved in aboard the Cutter Northland in 1999.

Wednesday: “Oh Dear Rachel” dedicated Mrs. Rachel Horne, which details the events leading up to the death of Mrs. Horne’s husband Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne, a Coast Guardsmen killed by suspected smugglers off the California coast in 2012.

Thursday: “The SAR Call” by Chief Petty Officer Walter E. Prim, Jr., which is based on Prim’s involvement in the search and rescue case for the fishing vessel Three V’s more than 20 years ago.

Friday: “In the Coast Guard” by Chief Petty Officer Barry Hollenbeck, an upbeat description of Coast Guard humanitarian and environmental protection missions.

Follow the future of America’s Coast Guard at www.Facebook.com/USCoastGuardBootCamp.

You can check out the 2012 Cadences below:

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2 Responses

  1. DigitalDave55 says:

    The Coast Guard Cadence Contest is awesome! I hope Tango 188 has the privilege of calling for the contest. They sure sounded strong & sharp on Sunday (9/22) during their off base run. Go Tango 188!

  2. Kalee Werner says:

    Where can I find the “Oh Dear Rachel” cadence?