Seaman Rafael Omar Gomez Negron at U.S. Coast Guard Station Washington. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick.

Category 5 lifestyle

Rafael Omar Gomez Negron left his home in Puerto Rico to join the U.S. Coast Guard with a very limited English vocabulary. He struggled through boot camp only to have more stress heaped on him when his family on Puerto Rico were in the direct path of Hurricane Irma last September. Negron put everything he had into learning English to excel in his job as a watchstander and boat crew member at his first station in Washington, D.C. Learn more about Negron’s extraordinary journey into America’s Coast Guard.

The search for 4,000

In 2018, Coast Guard recruiters are estimating they would need to find nearly 4,000 recruits, an unenviable task. Read more here to learn about the recruiting process and the programs to become active duty enlisted, officer and reserve.

Patriotism drives Coast Guardsman to complete extreme run

Lt. Cmdr. Russell Merrick ran for nearly 105 hours straight, battled hallucinations, locked knees, blistered and severely swollen feet and pushed through pure exhaustion to complete the Bigfoot 200 Endurance Run that spans from Mount St. Helens in the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington to Randle, Washington. His drive and determination make him an inspiration to his fellow shipmates.

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…”

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.”

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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.

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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.

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