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Advice for Boot Camp, Coast Guard, Cape May

July 28, 2019



what's up guys um so it's been a little while I've been trying to do updates and stuff but it's just been kind of hectic my last update I was in a school I gotten orders and like I've had a few people request me to make a video about bootcamp so I'll just kind of do a quick one and then like everybody's situations going to be different so I can just only speak from my situation and kind of give the advice from there so I'd kind of like people to ask me what they want to know so that way I know you know what I can be specific on I'm just going to go through like basic stuff so the first day is like it's a long day because you're flying what most everyone's flying some people are live close enough to they can just go to your port and get ride the bus but there was like two people out of like 120 so you're gonna fly from wherever you are to Cape May and you're going to be tired you're going to be going all day and then it's literally gonna kick off as soon as you pull into Cape May like as soon as you pull in you're gonna see those smoky bear covers and you're just gonna know that you know it's going to kind of sink in that hey I'm here for two months of health and not so much hell but just you know it's not it's not a fun time it's not a time that you would want to like you know go and share with family so um and the first thing you can do is like you immediately start getting bashed with tasks like you're going to be getting yelled at but it's yelled at you're going to be getting yelled at through like orders so like they're going to be like all right you have ten seconds to get off the bus alright you have five minutes to shower and brush your teeth all right you have you know in like the first I want to say it's the first because you get there everybody gets there on Tuesday and then Wednesday Thursday Friday is kind of like you're getting issued stuff and you're doing like initial paperwork and stuff like that and then Friday is the day that you actually get assigned your company and you meet you like you meet your company commanders um and that's like not so much in docked but it's like it's kind of like check-in stuff it like admin type stuff but at this point you're basically you have your sat down in a room and it's full of like full of smokey bear covers and they're just watching you and everything you do and you do something wrong that they've told you can't do you get yelled at for it and like there's a kind of a saying like it kind of goes around in a later week so it's called like certain man sandwiches because in that those first few days because like just to kind of get you indoctrinated how they want you to talk you you go you know and I don't know what it is now it's been a little while but it was like um sir aye sir sir i ma'am and then if they like to anything and and there's something else there's like a difference between like if they told you to do something or if they asked you to understand there was like different responses so it's like you immediately get kind of okay I can't even talk the way I used to talk anymore so it's a lot of that kind of shock and you know you're getting you know I mean that's that's the biggest thing I can say is those first few days it you know learn like be observant if you see somebody else getting yelled at for something don't be the person that makes that mistake because they're going to come down on you harder than they were on that because they figured hey you should be paying attention to what's going on so there's you know I mean and they're going to test basically everybody and that along with that tasking is following orders and following orders exactly as they were given so if they tell you to do something in a certain way do it in that way don't think that okay because he told me to take the bench off the desk this way that I can just take it off and set it down that's fine there's a specific way to everything and there's a reason for it and that's the biggest thing is like in later weeks when you're actually doing stuff and you're actually like trying to accomplish a goal if you don't do it the right way you're not going to accomplish the goal you're just going to do it a wrong way and you're going to have to redo it over again and like the easiest example off the top of my head would be like making making your rack making your rack something simple but if you don't follow the right steps it's going to look wrong and if it looks wrong you're jacked up and you're jacked up you know company commanders section commanders which are in charge of like the entire building they can walk into and they see your stoves jacked up that's on you it's not on anybody else telling you um so and like along with that don't be that guy that like like a lot of stuff in boot camp is team work and every company is different like in at the end of boot camp you'll kind of like get to talk to company commanders and they'll kind of tell you you know every company is different some companies mesh together some don't mind kind of did it took us if it took us a good you know three weeks to mesh and like by the fifth week we kind of got everything down um so teamwork teamwork is a big thing and you can't force teamwork teamwork has to happen it's just you all have to either reach a certain point of frustration or y'all just are all on the same level and think okay we can do this as a team like morning's morning's are like the worst because you haven't slept a lot you're still tired from the day before and it takes teamwork to get up in the morning and be ready in ten minutes and have your racks made and have all your stuff put put away in your rack where it needs to go and don't be that guy that's always asking for help like granted there's some things that you're not going to do as fast as other people but don't let that be everything find whatever you're good at if you're if you're the guy that you can you can make a rack in five minutes be that guy that makes your rack make your buddy's rack make everybody's rack make go behind everybody and check everybody's rack um you know and then like I've developed a way to make racks quickly so that's what worked for me um and but then I struggled with getting all this stuff put away in the morning because after you like do your morning routine you brush your teeth you shower you shave not shower but you shave you use the head and you get your uniform on I struggled with putting all my stuff away so I would take and make mine in my rack mix rack while he was doing his hygiene stuff in the head and I would just kind of set my stuff there and he would help me put it away when I got back from that from the head doing my hygiene stuff and there's a saying that goes along with boot camp and in the most general way the days are long the days are 18-hour days every day day in day out the only little bit of reprieve you get is it it starts at the end of week two and it goes to the end of boot camp and that's days that's your Divine hours but it's not really divine hours you get four hours to kind of do stuff you can't sleep you can't do anything you want to do it's hey here's four hours that we're not going to PT you and we're not going to yell at you so take take advantage of that but at the same time you're on you know I mean you always have to be inspection ready you always have to be on top of your stuff um and then chow like a lot of people are going to ask what the foods like it's not great but you're so tired and you're so hungry and you're so like you're you're only eating it because you need it to burn it you know I mean like you are constantly burning calories you were being so attentive in in your classes in your you know I mean you were on alert 24/7 when you are awake and believe it or not that burns a lot more calories than like you would think you know it's it's hard to explain how alert you have to be but like once you get there and once you're like in that kind of mode like where you have to sit up straight or you get yelled at or you have to hold your hands a certain way or you get yelled at or you can't hold a pen in your hand or you get yelled at or you can't look up from your food as you're eating it or you get yelled at you know it's a lot of like kind of procedural stuff that will get you in trouble and it's like that kind of stuff you have to guard yourself against it and that that burns in it so like the child don't be looking don't be going they're expecting you're going to get good food it's going to be crap and the breakfast is terrible you're gonna it's going to be 5:30 in the morning you're like my body I had a trouble I had a lot of trouble with eating breakfast because I would you know I mean because of how shock shocking the mornings are I would get up and we would be at Chow in like 10 minutes and I'm not awake and I can't eat and I would if I tried to eat I would throw up and you know I mean so you just don't don't don't worry about chout too much cuz like how good the food is goes out the window real quick and then the longer you're at boot camp like you're not going to be able to pay attention to it in the early weeks but the longer you're in boot camp the more you realized everything is regimented what time you wake up what time you get you know I mean least in the first few weeks what time you get PT what time you get beat what time you know I mean what time you go to chat everything is on a schedule and that schedule is a 24-hour day schedule for the entire two months so the quicker you can adjust to that schedule the better off you'll be because you won't you know I mean you won't be still trying to figure out what's going on what's going to happen when if you can anticipate what's going to happen next you're going to have a leg up on everybody else in your company and that will help you immensely also and your recruiters should help you with it a lot of them don't mind didn't required knowledge if you like granted some stuff you like how to like recite off you know I mean stuff about the weapons and the your you'll get a whole little packet and require knowledge packet which I don't have mine anymore but um you'll get a whole little packet and it'll be like all this stuff all this stuff and it'll be like week two you should know this week three you should know this week four you should know this learn it all before you go if you can learn it all stuff about the weapons you can't really worry about it but at least have it in your head so that you know what's on the paper um because then it's only an easy step saying okay well instead of saying it this way I have to say it this way you know I mean it's not like I cannot explain it it's it's not so much having to memorize it that point is to how to read it because you've already had it memorized um so no you're required knowledge I didn't do it so much because my recruiter never gave me a packet I only had the helmsman and that only kind of sort of helped so if you if you can ask for a required knowledge packet if not you can go on google and you should be able to Google a Coast Guard required knowledge packet and either the helmsman will pop up or hopefully the packet will pop up if not I know some recruiters give them out see if your recruiter can pull it up offline and print out for you mmm other than that that's that's about it um if anybody has any specific questions feel free to put them in the comments below or you know shoot me an email not my youtube email I'll put my email in the description below just because I don't check it so thanks

33 Comments

  • Reply TAHJ HOWELL July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I am joinbthe program very soon but i am not too good at swimming..Any tips??

  • Reply kimberly buck July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    My boyfriend is on his second full day in Cape May.. he TEXTED ME today saying he’s going to get in trouble and it sucks so much… but I thought his phone is supposed to be locked up.. I’m kinda freaking out so if you or anyone could give me some advice on what happened that would be amazinggggg thank you

  • Reply BIG DADDY July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Shipping April 16th, 2019! Just an island boy from Guam. Let’s get it!

  • Reply Jason Wilson July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Do not get caught outside without a cover on, you wont make it far before several CC's are screaming at you from a 100 yards away from all directions. Get used to being pissed off, tired, thirsty and hungry all the time.

  • Reply Sandra Brooke July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    i'm confused as to why i'm able to view this video yet when i click onto your channel is states that you have no content.

  • Reply john m Massa July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Are you issued a lot of clothes/uniforms in boot camp?
    Should I bring an empty bag to my sons graduation?

  • Reply The lambo boy July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    My mom went to cape may

  • Reply gjforeman July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Probably the best thing I ever did. Now 67, I was in Bravo 72, Alameda Boot Camp, graduated Dec 1969. Sent to a long-ago scrapped buoy tender, (USCG Walnut) in San Pedro, CA. Due to a miraculous set of circumstances, I was selected for Avionics Tech school in Elizabeth City, NC. Stationed at CGAS Port Angeles, WA, and finished my 4 years at Air Station LAX, Los Angeles. Lots of fun, lots of growth. Lots of life-long friends all over the US.

    Best advice I can give? Realize that to mold you all into the best possible crew members, they first have to break down what makes you all different, them build you up and train you into your best possible selves who can work as a team. It can be grueling, it can be humiliating, it can be just a huge challenge. But as long as you all keep your sense of humor, joke among yourselves, and know that graduation is not that far off, you'll do fine. I know we used to wonder, in our few spare moments, if 1973 would EVER arrive. It did. And I was a civilian again. It was a very strange sensation. Like leaving a large and extended family.

  • Reply aepjcb July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Do they teach you how to swim?

  • Reply Don John July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I know this video is old, so I'd understand if you don't comment back. I'm prior service, Army, I'm thinking of joining CG in a few months. What can I expect in terms of swim qualifications? Is it best to teach myself how to tread water before seeing a recruiter?

  • Reply Jim Waters July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Funny about Cape May.. I was in. Car with my dad..Capt. Jim Waters..on our way from Boston ..CO of the Castle Rock.. heading to Hawaii. We were directed to head to Cape May..ugh. Summer, hit, in NJ. In 1963. Btw..my Dad was childhood friends of Pres. Kennedy..friends very close with the top two heads of the USCG. Thing is he found the training at Cape May was a joke, sloppy, like Boy Scouts..not for Dad. He flew down to SC. USMC Recruit Depot. He arranged to have our DI’s sent for special training T Parris Is. no one liked it, but with war growing in Nam.. drugs growing. Dad had spent missions for Kennedy in South America, Central America, we were at Bay of Pigs Invasion. I was on board the entire time. I lived the USCG..till I grew..became an Army Officer..then DIA. Dad died and a Capt. told me no one could do his funeral. Well, a buddy of mine was Congressman head of CG..committee. He was retired from Cg like my dad. Dad spent 32 yrs.. from Seaman to Capt. Only one other guy did that. In short we saw them Grow Into sea scouts almost. So..took years till I liked them again. Still not much. Have fun..oh,. He had me test out Basic at age 15..higher ups said ok..so that summer I had to do basic. Way too young but a test for his son. No one was told either, but I was an honor Grad.

  • Reply Anna angel July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    How rough is boot camp ? How are you able to take care of your hygiene as a women as in do they give u a place to keep ur products because I understand they expect u to put ur “civilian stuff” in a locked room

  • Reply Shalma Van Dusen July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I am 34, wanting to do the CG Reserves. I'm not in the best shape and got nervous after reading the comments of others getting sent home for not doing physically well in bootcamp. Do you think I am too old for bootcamp, any advice on preparation at my age? Thank you.

  • Reply Juan Hurtado July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    In boot camp when you take test is it open book and the mid term exam is it open book as well also are the answer choices multiple choice

  • Reply Treasure Geo July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Say that you are Jewish then you will get to go off base for church on sunday

  • Reply US Coast Guard July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    What is it like going through USCG bootcamp.

  • Reply Snake July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    What can I do to get into an A school besides the asvab. Im going in as a nonrate and nervous about what job im going to be doing. I want to go in marine enfircement specialist, AST, or MST. I heard there is a 5 point waver you can get from your commander to boost up your score.

  • Reply S u p r e m e x July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Does height matters ??

  • Reply Bubsack July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Is cape May the only training center

  • Reply ScienceGuy July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    18 hour days meaning that you get, at most, 6 hours of sleep? Yikes! I need at least 8.5-9 hours per night….

  • Reply ScienceGuy July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    What kind of food do they serve at "chow"? I can't have dairy…..Do they serve a lot of milk products like milk and cereal and mac & cheese, mashed potatoes with powdered milk, those sorts of things?

  • Reply Gabe Lacombe July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Is this Guam barracks?

  • Reply Hank Hill July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    This was very interesting. Im planning on going in once I finish high school.

  • Reply Jackson Zenisek July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I heard Coast Guard boot camp is second hardest in PT training of all branches. Is that true?

  • Reply shakenama July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Was in the last company ("Alpha 140")at Alameda in San Francisco in 82'. He's right about the first day. Formation Company is hectic. Just realize that it's all psychological. The CCs want to see if you can follow commands and work together when under pressure. He's absolutely right though.

  • Reply Rampage Playz July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    hey man I know im a little late but im 17 and a junior in hs and am looking to join when I graduate. any advice as far as physical, swimming or running. if you could name some workouts to go ahead and start doing what would they be

  • Reply Preston Shankle July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Shipping out march 20 i have questions 😂

  • Reply The softest part of a woman's breast is? July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Was there many race of people at your camp?

  • Reply Snake July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Hey Grayson. Im going into the coast guard this coming new year in a few months. Do you get to do college in there for stuff like marine biology or something like that?

  • Reply Pablo Saracho July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I'm going to boot camp the 28th of this month, and I signed a 6 year contract, since i have like 3 weeks before i leave, would it be possible to change the contract from a 6 year to a 4 year?

  • Reply privateer177666 July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Chow = Just like Mama used to make, she couldn't cook either……

  • Reply MoonMonkey July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I'm allergic to tree nuts and I have asthma, how hard will it be for me?

  • Reply Military Journeymen July 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Hey Grayson thanks for sharing your advice! Hope you're enjoying being an OS. I'm leaving for IT-A the end of next month. & If anyone has any questions that Grayson hasn't covered about the Coast Guard or bootcamp feel free check out my videos as I make videos helping people people interested in joining the CG. Leave a comment and I'll try to get back to you ASAP.

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