Cape May

Hi, Paul here, back with your week five training update.

Week Five Intel

Your recruit’s week five will begin with a personal inspection, and additional classroom education continues throughout the week. Recruits will begin to plan post graduation travel and even assist with another company’s graduation. 

Personal inspections are crucial because they show how well your recruit pays attention to detail and how they take orders. It’s particularly important for your recruit to put their best foot forward here, as the battalion commander or senior chief – both of whom are pretty big deals – carry these out.

As you might have guessed, education is a big trend throughout Coast Guard boot camp. There’s a whole other wealth of knowledge that your recruit will absorb this week! Your recruit will learn different radio procedures and operational risk management (ORM), become involved with more drill rehearsals, and learn more about financial management and family benefits that comes with being a part of the Coast Guard. They’ll also undergo more physical fitness training, including TRX exercises, cycling, weight training and swimming.

This week your recruit will start to plan their travel arrangements for after graduation. After graduation, they will either go home during their 5 days of leave, or arrange travel directly to their new duty station. Recruits will meet with a travel staffer, who will help arrange their flights and other travel arrangements.

Once travel plans have been arranged, your recruit will head back into the “classroom” to learn more about Coast Guard rates and ranks, as well as flags and pennants. These flags and pennants are crucial for Coast Guardsmen, as they signal what’s going on. These signals will let your recruit know if a diver is down, dangerous cargo is being transferred, a man is overboard, there is personnel recall, a senior officer is present afloat, a commander officer isn’t on board, or if it’s time for colors or church.

To finish off the week, your recruit will turn their attention towards graduation prep. They’ll be put to the test and will show how much they’ve learned about military customs and procedures by being on hand to help during another company’s graduation as they complete boot camp. This is the first time recruits will be in the same space as civilians since arriving at boot camp. It’s a good opportunity for them to practice addressing personnel and civilians, being on watch, and staying concentrated while focusing on not breaking formation and staying concentrated.

In your Letter to your recruit this week, ask about their travel plans for after graduation and how they are finding all the physical training! 

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

Semper Paratus,

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