Surviving USCG Basic Training: Required Knowledge

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While I’m sure this isn’t the first thing most people would ask about related to basic training, it is a huge part of making your 8 week stay in Cape May a bit more bearable.  Required knowledge is exactly what it sounds like: the things you absolutely MUST learn during basic.  The sooner you know […]

It Begins

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Well, by now I’ll be in Cape May getting yelled at by Company Commanders as we start our processing week at Basic Training.  I got some stuffed pack for the move afterwards, and will finish packing during my 5 days of liberty.  Eric will take care of the rest.  Eric and I also got our […]

Arranging Finances for Basic Training

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On top of packing, I have a whole layer of preparation that the average 18-year old enlistee probably doesn’t.  A 26 year-old, college graduate’s finances are a bit more involved than the high school graduate’s.  Since I will be completely disconnected from the outside world while at basic training, aside from writing a few letters, […]

Packing Up for Basic Training

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Well, I’m officially 7 days from shipping out to basic training, although it’s really 6 since I need to get into NYC on Monday to stay in the hotel Monday night.  I’m closer to being ready after a busy day on Saturday, and yesterday I started to realize exactly how much I’m going to miss […]

2 More Weeks

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Exactly two weeks in the future I will either be finishing lunch or standing in one of the many lines that typify the first 3 days of basic training.  I meant to post a great deal about everything leading up to training, but getting everything done severely curtailed my ability to write.  I am focused […]