Coast Guard boot camp, where recruits will transform from a civilian to a United States Coast Guardsman. Coast Guard Boot camp will be mentally and physically challenging as recruits will learn about the importance of hard work and working together as a team. Whether you’re headed to Coast Guard boot camp soon, or know someone who will be here is everything you need to know about the journey that lies ahead.
How Long Is Coast Guard Boot Camp?
Coast Guard boot camp is approximately eight weeks long. Each week recruits are mentally and physically challenged to see if they have what it takes to join the United States Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Boot Camp Week One
Recruits will spend the first week of Coast Guard boot camp going through in-processing. Dental and Medical processing will be done upon arrival at Cape May. Recruits will be given their first fitness test during week one, which will determine if they are fit enough to be at training. If a recruit fails the fitness test they will not be able to carry on with Coast Guard training.
During the first week, recruits will also be introduced to their Company Commanders (CCs). Company Commanders will be responsible for the transformation of recruits from a civilian to a military trained Coast Guardsman.
Coast Guard Boot Camp Week Two
Week two will consist of early morning workouts, a swim assessment, and adjusting to the new norm. During week two recruits will also be introduced to their Company Mentor. A Company Mentor is a Coast Guardsman who is currently in the fleet who will spend time with a company throughout their training to talk to them about what a career in the Coast Guard entails. Company Mentors will meet with recruits periodically throughout training.
Coast Guard Boot Camp Week Three
Week three will continue to be mentally and physically challenging. But by now, recruits should have a good grip on listening and obeying orders. Recruits will begin to work on drill, which will help them learn how to work together as a team.
Recruits will begin to dive deep into the knowledge that will be required of them in order to graduate, this includes learning about the types and parts of a line, deck seamanship, and different types of knots.
Coast Guard Boot Camp Week Four
If you think that boot camp will get easier as the weeks pass, you’ll be thoroughly disappointed. During week four of boot camp recruits will be tested physically, through a physical fitness test, and mentally during their mid-term examination.
Week four also gives recruits a glimpse into the future as a Coast Guardsman, as they’ll learn about the various enlisted careers, go over pay and allowances, do some career planning, and receive their assignments.
Coast Guard Boot Camp Week Five
By week five recruits should be fully acclimated to their new lifestyle. Drill rehearsal will be a primary focus for the week, as graduation nears. Recruits will receive their dress uniforms during week five, as well as assist with graduation events for the graduating class, giving them the motivation to continue to keep up the good work, and that the finish line is near.
Coast Guard Boot Camp Week Six
Week six will consist of firearms training as the recruits learn about firearm safety and how to properly shoot a gun. In between time in the classroom and at the range, recruits will get to fight it out in a pugil stick battle. Pugil stick battles help recruits learn how to fight with a rifle in a safe and controlled environment, as well as help increase recruit’s confidence in their ability to fight.
The rest of the week will consist of administrative work as recruits prepare their travel plans for after graduation.
Coast Guard Boot Camp Week Seven
A week away from graduation, week seven is all about ensuring that recruits will be ready to enter the fleet and properly execute their jobs. Every week of boot camp has lead up to week seven when recruits will take their final exam and go through a final confidence course. Towards the end of the week, recruits will begin to turn in their gear and prep for graduation.
During week seven recruits will also receive their orders and find out where they are headed in the fleet.
Coast Guard Boot CampWeek Eight
The most anticipated week of training, week eight brings the excitement of graduation. By this week recruits will have proven to their Company Commander that they have met all the requirements required of them. They’ve demonstrated how to work together as a team and have put in all the work.
Recruits will graduate Friday morning and will make the final transformation into a United States Coast Guardsman. Graduation is an exciting time for recruits, and their families, read our post on Coast Guard boot camp graduation to learn about what you can expect.
Where does Coast Guard do training?
Coast Guard boot camp is held at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Cape May is located on the eastern coast of New Jersey. Recruits are able to receive letters throughout boot camp, it is highly encouraged to send them motivation and support as they embark on this journey. Get the mailing address for Coast Guard Boot Camp.
What Are The Physical Requirements To Join The Coast Guard?
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Coast Guard Boot Camp Dates
Coast Guard Boot Camp Reversion
Coast Guard boot camp is mentally and physically demanding. It is not uncommon for a recruit to be reverted during their time at training. When a recruit is reverted, they are sent to the Recruit Aptitude and Motivation Program (RAMP). Recruits who are not meeting the expectations needed to continue on to the next week of training are sent to RAMP and given the opportunity to prove that they can meet the standards required of them.
A recruit in RAMP will still in RAMP until the Company Commander feels that they are capable of going back to a training unit. Recruits that successfully complete RAMP will then go back to the week that they were in before being sent to RAMP and continue on with the remainder of training.
Although it’s not a good thing to be reverted, reversion does not necessarily mean a recruit will be kicked out of boot camp. If a recruit continues to show the command that they cannot meet the standards of the Coast Guard and do not show any improvement, they will, after time, be asked to leave training.
Since reversion at Coast Guard boot camp is common, it’s important for friends and family to be cautious when making graduation travel arrangements. Being reverted will delay the graduation of the recruit, by at least one week if not more.
Coast Guard Friends and Family
Whether you’re a service member or family member of a Coast Guardsman, one thing you will quickly learn is that the Coast Guard community is relatively small compared to the other branches in the military.
The Coast Guard has done a great job of fostering a community for friends, families, and service members. The Coast Guard Family and Friends page will help you connect with others during boot camp, and beyond. Join the page and begin connecting with the rest of the Coast Guard family, welcome to the Coast Guard.
It looks like if you are not in boot camp by October 11 you have to wait until January to go. Is this correct? This may not even be the right forum for questions. If not, I apologize.
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Robert Montgomery says
I need to know if a man who claims to be in the reserves the following answers to questions….
1 ) If someone claims to be in the reserves, is it possible to be in the reserves and wait til you are sent to boot camp or is boot camp automatic?
2) How physical is boot camp when the man is 39 – 40 yrs old.. How does anyone think it would wreck havoc on his body?
3) Who remembers taking the ASFAB and how much of it is based on mathematics?
4) If a man had a race car accident and injured his back severely but not broke it, how could he pass his MEPS?
Who remembers their ASFAB score that have been in Coast Guard for any length of time? I am ex Army 67 years old and still know my ASFAB score was 150.
Can you join the reserves at 36 and still have a normal 9-5? My job is flexible, so just curious.
SK 2 James Monko veteran says
Been out of CG 50 plus years. Suggest these things to recruits. If you get injured or sick in CG go to sick call. Get all illness and injuries in your health record. It will help you later on in life if you have to get a disability payment from Veterans Administration. If you do get out after 4 years a good place to work is for the Federal government in Civil Service. Your training in CG will get you a good, secure job to help our great nation. You will continue to use your training in your community to save lives. Put out fires, give people CPR etc. Your mind will always think Semper Paratus. Even in your day to day activities. Your finances, taking care of your family, and your community.
Jeremy Hernandez says
I am an active-duty USCG IT, and actually went through the same BootCamp company that is in the image on this blog post! W-196 going through the winter of 2018.
I created the Bootcamp Study Guide to help prospective members of the USCG ready for their upcoming 8-Weeks in Training Center Cape May for Bootcamp. With this, you will be confident about what you can expect when going to Bootcamp. Directly from the Recruit Guide, you will be studying exactly what you need to succeed through your next 8-Weeks.
Its been used by over 200 future USCG Bootcamp Recruits! I am an active duty IT and many people I have shown in the CG really think that they would’ve benefited greatly from this app before joining.
Try it free on the App Store!
H. LoBrutto says
Do you have this study guide available for Android users? My son is considering young into the CG so this would result help him if he did join.
I’m a highschool student in Rotc will that put me a little higher in the ranks?
Yes. Depending on how many years you did ROTC.
High school student in Houston, Tx says
On the lines of rank-up, I am an Eagle Scout and have heard that being in Eagle Scout automatically gets a few ranks upon completion of boot camp, is that true?
I am a USCG veteran. I served 1966-1970. I served aboard the USCGC STATEN ISLAND, WAGB278. I went to electrical school in Groton, Connecticut, shortly after Boot Camp in Cape May, NJ. I became an electricians mate, in the USCG. I highly recommend the USCG, if your intent is to serve in the military.
Dean F. Wolff says
I was an Engineman on the Staten Island on her last south patrol and north patrol. 1973 -1974.
Ron Davis says
Because of the epidemic and canceling of training opportunities for qualification in the Olympics, Jack joined the coast guard as soon as he turned 18. He made Eagle Scout and performed at a high level academically, but fate intervened. Now he will graduate from Cape May and be assigned to training to become a rescue swimmer. While jack loves the challenge, I think the USCG is a big winner.
I miss you Crabby – come home safe
John Osborne says
I completed 13 weeks of boot camp at Cape May in 1961 and was the only
recruit to qualify as a sharpshooter with the M1 rifle in my 50 man company.
Served 2 years on 180 ft buoy tender (Madrona) out of Portsmouth, Va.
The captain awarded me with proficiency pay for one year after I finished first
in the quarterly physical fitness test 5 quarters in a row.
Then I served two years on the weather cutter Chincoteague out of Norfolk
and made several trips to ocean station Bravo between Labrador and
Greenland surrounded by icebergs. Quartermaster 2nd class.
A Taylor Lapham says
Foxtrot 63 April 25, 1966. bootcamp was 13 weeks back then at Cape May.
One year CGC Balsam, Adak, Alaska – 10 months Frankfort Michigan – One year Squadron I Cat Lo Vietnam on the Point Grey. – 6 months Boston Newburyport, MA.
Got out in April 1970 as a 2nd class Engineman.
Stephen Nichols says
I was in from ‘59 to ‘63. I chose USGC because I didn’t want to go to sea for 6 months in the Navy or live in a foxhole in the Army or Marines. Plus the boot camp at the time was in Alameda Calif. which was my hometown. I went from there to Groton Conn. for petty officer training as an Electricians Mate. First duty station was back at Alameda aboard the USCGC Gresham. Back then all our large cutters were hand-me-down Navy ships. Your ships today sure look great.
Michael Lofing says
I got out of boot camp in 1965 lima 39
Paul Rollins says
When I was in USCG Boot Camp in 1964, we were taught to fire a piece, not a gun. A “gun” is the large object of ordnance on the bow of Coast Guard Cutters.
Paul A. Rollins, FT3
USCG 1964 – 1968
Randy lennox says
This is my piece, (pointing to the rifle), this is my gun (pointing to my crotch). This is for killing (pointing to the rifle). This is for fun (pointing to my crotch)’
Cape May, Hotel Company 78
Kevin A Eppley says
We had a guy stand in his skivvies on the quarter deck do the same thing. Funny as hell. Whiskey 21, 1973