The Coast Guard premieres its top 10 videos of 2013 for more than 160 recruits at Training Center Cape May Dec. 18, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Jennifer Nease.

Recruits get sneak peek at Top 10 Videos of 2013

There were no paparazzi, limos or flashing cameras for this premiere event at Training Center Cape May, N.J. In fact, instead of flashy outfits, recruits wore the standard issue operational dress uniform and working the red carpet meant marching smartly into the training center’s Ida Lewis Auditorium. Despite the lack of fan fare, the recruits were attending a significant event for the Coast Guard – the premiere of the Coast Guard’s Top 10 Videos of 2013 and to cast the first votes of the Coast Guard 2013 Video of the Year Contest.


Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz’s cadence “Old Man James” is selected as the service’s Top Cadence of 2013 during a ceremony aboard Training Center Cape May. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Top 2013 Cadence: Old Man James

Thanks to all of your votes, the top 2013 Coast Guard cadence has been selected! Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz’s cadence “Old Man James” was selected by fans of the service on Facebook and YouTube as the Coast Guard’s Top Cadence, winning the competition by more than 300 votes.


Cadence Contest 2013: Old Man James featured image

Cadence Contest 2013: Old Man James

Fourteen. That’s the number of search and rescue cases that Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz has worked where he and his crew couldn’t rescue everyone. If he’s asked how many cases he’s worked where he’s saved a life, he just shrugs and says “I don’t really count them because I was just doing my job.”


Rope carry

It’s not JUST 8 weeks

Over the next several months, Training Center Cape May will provide applicants with the knowledge to prepare, but if applicants don’t have the motivation to prepare, they won’t have the drive to complete our program. This preparation program called “It’s not JUST 8 weeks” will include workout materials, preparation information and in depth insight into the program from training staff and recruits.


Cargo net

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Boot camp

As we’ve shared Coast Guard missions from around the country, you may have noticed one particular group of Coast Guard members was missing – the Coast Guard’s newest recruits. We’ve saved Coast Guard Training Center Cape May until today to share all of their photos together. Cape May is the nation’s only Coast Guard enlisted accession point so take a look at all the moments captured throughout the week.


Beach push ups

Introducing ‘Coast Guard Boot Camp’

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May is the nation’s only Coast Guard enlisted accession point and recruit training center. On average, 3,500 of the Coast Guard’s finest arrive in Cape May for the first chapter of their Coast Guard career, and now you have a chance to be part of their transformation! We are proud to introduce “Coast Guard Boot Camp” – a blog devoted to the home of the Coast Guard’s enlisted corps.


Memorial

He is our hero. We are his legacy.

This blog entry comes from a recruit who attended the building dedication aboard Training Center Cape May for Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who died during combat operations off the coast of Iraq. The ceremony was held today, the 13th anniversary of Bruckenthal’s graduation from basic training. Seaman Recruit Johnson was tasked with holding Bruckenthal’s company flag. Johnson’s company was also in attendance to the ceremony and they recited The Coast Guard Ethos. This is his story from that day.


Top 10 Videos of 2012 premiere

Coast Guard recruits get a sneak peek at the Top 10 Videos of 2012

Some may see Coast Guardsmen jumping out of helicopters, driving boats through breaking surf or firing dangerous weapons as intimidating, or even frightening, but to the more than 200 Coast Guard recruits who got a sneak peek of the Coast Guard’s Top 10 Videos of 2012, the thought of doing these things is motivating. The recruits packed the Ida Lewis Auditorium at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May for the second annual Coast Guard Top 10 Video Premiere at the only enlisted Coast Guard basic training facility in the nation.


Adm. Papp speaks at graduation

A foundation of proficiency

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, the Coast Guard’s 24th commandant, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony and offered insight, wisdom and knowledge to the recruits. He discussed the Coast Guard’s many missions and the challenging environment in which its people serve, as well as the Coast Guard’s foundation of proficiency.


VADM Brice-O'Hara

Ready for Action: Delta 184 recruits apply lessons learned

This post is the third and last in a three-part series focused on the interaction of Recruit Company Delta 184 and their co-mentors Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara and Senior Chief Petty Officer Tracy Ripkey as the recruits prepare for their […]


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