RECRUITS WILL ONLY HAVE FIVE DAYS OF LEAVE
AFTER THEY GRADUATE! Leave will begin the day after graduation.
Everything you need to know about Coast Guard Recruit Training can be
found in the
recruits in training receive and send mail?
Yes, letters are welcome but "care
packages" (food, books, magazines) are not. The mailing address is:
Recruit Company ____________ (assigned upon arrival)
Munro / Healy / James Hall (assigned upon arrival)
USCG Training Center
1 Munro Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204-5083
Mail is delivered to Training Center Cape May Monday through Friday, but
due to the volume of mail, it may take an extra day to reach the
I find out the company and hall
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isn't my recruit receiving mail
Mail is delivered to the member Monday – Friday. We do not pick up mail
on weekends or on Federal holidays.
We understand the importance of mail, and we do everything possible to
get it to them in a timely fashion.
recruits make and receive telephone calls?
Phone calls are not permitted unless it is
an EMERGENCY. In the later weeks of training (weeks 4 or 5), at the
discretion of the Company Commander, recruits may be allowed to use
payphones. Upon arriving at the USO in Philadelphia Airport recruits are
reminded to call their loved ones to let them know they arrived safely.
In fact there is a sign that reads "USCG RECRUITS, it is advisable to
call home from here, as you may not have time until week five of Basic
Training. Your loved ones need to know how your flight was and that you
have arrived in Philadelphia." Once at the Training Center, the Coast
Guard will account for each recruit on the shipping report. A letter
from the commanding officer is sent home by each recruit within the
first few days of entering recruit training.
is good news! A recruit will
call home for one of the following reasons: Recruit has received orders
to his/her first unit; Recruit is being sent back into another company;
Recruit is being discharged; or Recruit has a medical issue.
I reach a recruit in case of a family emergency?
The American Red Cross relays emergency
messages and information to U.S. military personnel worldwide, including
to ships at sea. If there is a family emergency, you should contact your
local Red Cross office.
recruits get time off during training?
Recruit Training is a highly structured
program, even scheduled time off is regulated. Recruits are allowed to
attend church services and in the later weeks of training may be given
limited on-base or in-town liberty (free time).
recruits paid while in training?
Yes, as members of the U.S. Armed Forces,
recruits are given a salary (base pay) and allowances depending on their
marital or family status. All pay is automatically deposited in a
checking or savings account designated by the recruit.
Cash can be obtained from an Automatic Teller
Machine (ATM), therefore it is important that every potential recruit
establish an account and obtain an ATM card before coming to Cape May.
family member departed Cape May and I want to know how he/she is
Your recruit will be permitted to write letters
home when their schedule permits, mostly on Sundays, and will receive
phone privileges after their fifth week of training. If for any reason
a recruit is moved to another company or is being discharged, the
recruit will be allowed to make a phone call home to discuss their
No news is good news. We understand that parents
are concerned about their children, but we request that they not call to
get updates. If a family has an emergency they need to contact the Red
to attend the graduation, where is the nearest airport?
We recommend that parents fly into
Philadelphia International Airport, which is approximately two hours
from Coast Guard Training Center Cape May.
Click here for directions:
My recruit called me and asked me to purchase plane tickets for him/her
to come home on leave at the conclusion of boot camp.
We highly recommend that recruits work with
the SATO travel agent that is located here at the training center to get
home and to their new unit.
Since the recruit has limited phone privileges and
time, it’s easier on all parties if the recruit works directly with the
SATO travel agent.
However, family members who are attending the
graduation and have already purchased tickets can send their recruit the
information by mail. The recruit can then work with the travel agent to
get on the same flight, if it is available.
family and I can’t attend the graduation. How will my recruit get to the
airport once he/she graduates?
A bus picks up the new graduates on Friday
at 1 p.m., and drops them off at the Philadelphia International Airport.
to make travel arrangements, and I want to confirm that my recruit is
going to graduate on time.
We do not guarantee when a recruit is going
to graduate because unforeseen incidents may occur. We highly recommend
that family members wait until they hear from their recruit at the end
of week five. The recruit is going to be able to tell the family if
they’re passing their academic and physical fitness requirements and if
they’re doing well in their company.
the military, and I want to present the graduation certificate to my
Members in all uniformed services can
present the graduation certificate to their loved one as long as they
present the certificate in uniform. The company commanders will ask the
recruits if they have someone in uniform that would like to present the
certificate, and if the answer is yes, the company commanders will add
the name to the graduation script.
The graduation uniform from 01 April - 31 October
is Tropical Blue Long with Combination Cover. (For non-USCG personnel,
the equivalent is: short-sleeve shirt with nametag, ribbons and cover).
The graduation uniform for 01 November - 31 March
is Service Dress Bravos with Combination Cover. (For non-USCG
personnel, the equivalent is: button-down jacket with nametag, ribbons,
shirt, tie and cover).
All members who are presenting a certificate must
check at 0930 in the foyer of Ida Lewis Auditorium before the parents
discharged from the Coast Guard and I have not received my last
Please contact the Coast Guard Personnel
Service Center at (785) 339-2200 and ask for the Separations
recruit contacted me and has informed me that he/she is being discharged
and I want to know why.
Due to the Privacy Act of 1974, we can not
give out personal information about the recruit or their situation. In
most cases, we have the recruit contact the loved one directly to
explain his/her situation.
recruit has a medical issue and I want to discuss it with someone.
Again, due to the Privacy Act of 1974, we can not
give out personal information about a recruit. The recruit will make
contact with family members to discuss situation.
didn't call home, he called his girlfriend and told her he was getting
discharged. Is he required to call us?
Recruits decide who they want to call, we
don't require them to call a specific person.
daughter hasn't called to let us know what flight she's coming home on,
who can I call for this information?
Every recruit is given the opportunity to
call their loved ones to let them know when they're coming home.
We do not have people on staff that will call
parent's to provide flight information, it's the responsibility of the
didn't get a chance to buy a video of my daughter's graduation ceremony.
Who do I call?
You can contact VTS Productions at (609)
military member and need the phone number for the Coast Guard Exchange?
The number for the Coast Guard Exchange is
have temporary quarters or lodging for military members attending
Yes we do, please email our MWR
IF YOU CAN NOT FIND AN ANSWER TO YOUR
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I'm interested in joining the Coast Guard, who do I contact?
For more frequently asked questions, check out the
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IS THERE A PLACE WHERE PARENTS CAN GET MORE
INFORMATION ABOUT THE COAST GUARD?
Yes, on the Coast Guard recruiting Web site there
is a section for parents, please click
ARE THERE OTHER SITES THAT HAVE INFORMATION
ABOUT COAST GUARD RECRUIT TRAINING?
Yes, please visit