Cape May

Hi, my name is Paul, I’m a retired Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps. Welcome to your first weekly briefing. You’re receiving this message, you have a loved one or a friend who has just started their journey to become a Coast Guardsman, and a member of one of the world’s strongest institutions.

As official members of the Sandboxx community, you’ll receive weekly updates about what your recruit is doing that week at boot camp. Make sure you have your Sandboxx app notifications enabled, so you won’t miss any of these important updates!

Week One Intel

After your recruit arrived at the USO Lounge at the Philadelphia airport, they boarded a bus to Cape May, which was their last bit of “free time” before they arrived on base around 8pm. Then, forming instructors greeted them, and were with them throughout their first three days of training called Forming. They received their Recruit Regulations, Required Knowledge Handout and Quick Reference Pocket Guide after that, which is their “survival kit” that gives them everything they need to know in order to succeed at boot camp.

Your recruit then “checked the box” for a few things, like medical processing, getting their seabag containing all of their gear, and getting their uniform issued. Then, they split into their companies and took a physical fitness test before Company Commander Indoctrination started, signaling the first official day of bootcamp. Recruits met their Company Commander and assistant on Friday evening, and their CC will quickly become their best worst enemy if they aren’t already. We’ll tell you why in future updates!

Last, your recruit started learning about the core values of the Coast Guard: honor, respect, and devotion to duty. They will spend the next seven weeks learning what this truly means, as well as if they have what it takes to become a United States Coast Guardsmen. Finally, they were taken to their squad bay, where they will live for the remainder of training.

In your Letter to your recruit this week, ask them about their new company and how they are adapting to their new squad bay. Your recruits will be very busy that first weekend, make sure to send some inspiring messages and motivation their way.

I’ll be back next week with your week two update. 

Semper Paratus,

Retired Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Paul Davis