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COMPANY COMMANDER SCHOOL

The Company Commander School trains the petty officers and chief petty officers that train the recruits. All enlisted personnel assigned to Training Center Cape May as Company Commander, Section Commander and Battalion Commander must attend Company Commander School. This eight week program consist of classroom lectures, practical exercises, role-play scenarios, and case studies involving military drill, leadership, coaching, Standard Operating Procedures for Recruit Training, time and stress management and physical fitness. In addition to successful competition of the school, the prospective Company Commander must be certified as an instructor and must be approved by a Board composed of the Regimental Officer, the Battalion Officer and the Battalion Commander. After being certified the Company Commander will serve several tours as an Assistant Company Commander before becoming a Lead Company Commander. Company Commander and other Recruit Regimental assignments are special duty assignments. Members interested in Company Commander duty must meet the requirements as outlined in Articles 4.E.2.a and 4.E.8 of COMDINST M1000.6, Coast Guard Personnel Manual. In summary, members must meet the eligibility requirements for special duty assignments and meet the additional following qualifications:

For initial assignment as Company Commander, be an E-4 or higher. Have a high level of maturity and even temperament. Have no physical limitations that would prevent participation in rigorous physical training such as running and swimming. All Company Commanders must pass a semi-annual physical fitness test. Have exceptional personal appearance. Have demonstrated an interest in teaching. A recent tour of sea duty is desirable. Members interested in CC duty should submit an assignment data card, CG HRSIC-2002. A commanding officers endorsement giving the following information must accompany the ADC. A definite recommendation. A copy of the closed out CG-3306 showing average marks and a copy of the most recent CG-3306 showing recent factor marks. Comment on any pronounced speech patterns such as accents or defects. Comments on member's leadership abilities and his/her ability to train junior personnel. Comments on member's performance. Marital status and dependents. The commanding officer of the member who request CC duty must conduct an interview to determine if the candidate is fully qualified as described in Articles 4.E.2.a and 4.E.8 of the Coast Guard Personnel Manual. Members interested in this assignment or who desire additional information are encouraged to contact the Company Commander School Chief, at (609) 898-6589.



You will begin your adventures with the United States Coast Guard by arriving at the Philadelphia International Airport. Once you arrive, you are required to retrieve your bags, then report immediately to the USO which is located in Terminal D. If your flight is delayed and the USO folks have gone home, they will leave directions for you on the USO door.

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BM2 Rule Gets Some Face Time With a Happy Recruit! USCG photo by BREWER, BRANDON PA1

Enjoy the bus ride to Cape May. It is the last bit of freedom you will have for the next eight weeks. In the Coast Guard, the fun starts immediately when the bus arrives at the Recruit Processing Center on Cape May. As soon as the doors to the bus opens, you will be greeted by that unique military animal which wears a Smokey-the-Bear hat. In the Air Force, they are called Training Instructors (TI). In the Army, this animal is called a Drill Sergeant. In the Marine Corps, he/she is referred to as Drill Instructor. In the Navy, it's Recruit Division Commander. In the Coast Guard, this screaming machine is known as a Company Commander.
Surviving Coast Guard Boot Camp


  Cape May Info

The Coast Guards presence in Cape May has continued to positively impact the economy, local businesses and schools throughout the years. Of the 645 Coast Guardsmen and families in Cape May, 348 live off-base and 135 attend Cape Mays public elementary school all boosting the Cape May City economy.

The tip of Cape May has always been a reference point for mariners sailing the coastal waters. The Cold Spring Life Saving Station (now the home of the Kiwanis Club on Beach Drive) was built by the federal Life Saving Service, a forerunner of the Coast Guard. It held a lifeboat which would be quickly launched through the surf and rowed to a ship in distress.

The eastern-most part of Cape May where the base is located has been called Sewells Point since 1868 when William J. Sewell built his Fish House restaurant there. On April 14, 1917, the Navy took over Sewells Point and converted it into a training base. On the Naval Base grounds, over 300 men built the largest aircraft hanger in the country to house the dirigible ZR-2. When the airship crashed into the English Channel on its trial run, interest diminished and the structure remained empty for years and was eventually demolished.

During this time the Coast Guard also established air facilities for planes used in coastal patrols and in support of the Customs Department. This continued until February of 1941, when more acreage was filled in and a larger airstrip constructed, serving as a training base for Navy aircraft carrier pilots. During this time, the Coast Guard maintained an anti-submarine base here. In 1946, the Navy again relinquished the base and a handful of Coast Guardsmen stayed. The Coast Guard base has remained in Cape May since 1948.



SUBJ: ASSIGNMENT YEAR (AY) 2005 RECRUIT COMPANY COMMANDER RE-SOLICITATION. A. IN TERMS OF PURE LEADERSHIP, THERE IS NO JOB IN THE COAST GUARD MORE CHALLENGING AND SATISFYING! RECRUIT COMPANY COMMANDERS ARE THE LEADERS, ROLE MODELS, AND COACHES WHO TRANSFORM AMERICA'S VOLUNTEERS INTO COAST GUARD MEN AND WOMEN. 4. APPLICATION PROCESS. ELIGIBLE MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO FEDEX AN APPLICATION PACKAGE TO CGPC-EPM-2 (ATTN: SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS), VIA THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND. NLT 01 APR 2004

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The first week will be the toughest. Just like the other military boot camps, you'll probably find that nobody does anything right during this first week of training. During this time, the CC is going to be evaluating everyone to hand out additional duties (including leadership positions) later in the week. Every day starts at 0530 (except Sundays when you get to sleep 15 minutes later!), and lights out are at 2200 (10:00 PM).

In Navy boot camp, recruits live in what is called a "ship." Although the Coast Guard is also a seagoing force, you'll call your living area a "squad bay." Just like any military boot camp, your squad bay will be "ship-shape" at all times.

In the Air Force, it's called "Dorm Guard." In the Army, it's called "Fire Guard." In the Navy and Coast Guard, it's called "Standing Watches."

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Click on Picture to read this article which will give you a glimpse of the first several days of Coast Guard basic training as the recruits see it.


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