Army basic training at 55, could you do it?

Coast Guard employee completes Army basic training at 55 years old. “I came within just a few hours of not being able to join the Army,” said John Taffe. “It literally took a call to congress…”


It's Not Just 8 Weeks, video of the year competition. U.S. Coast Guard image.

2013 Videos of the Year: It’s Not Just 8 Weeks

The first video finalist to start things off takes us to Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J.,, as Capt. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer, addresses new recruits at the service’s only enlisted basic training center. The average Coast Guard recruit company will lose more than 30 percent of its ranks over the course the eight-week training program.


Learning the Basics

Learning the Basics: Becoming Coast Guard Men and Women

This post is the second 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 Tracy Ripkey as the new recruits prepare for their first assignments. The […]


Coast Guard Basic Training Interview Series

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go through Coast Guard bootcamp? Over the summer, five recruits were following through basic training at our Training Center in Cape May, NJ. You can watch their interviews and get a taste […]