Anything not approved will be confiscated and stored until after graduation.
Within three days of arriving, you'll be sending a preprinted postcard home that has your company address on it.
It's a good idea to call your family from the USO after you arrive.
It may not be the friendliest of greetings, but you'll know you've arrived. You'll be issued a book known as the "Helmsman," and anytime you are not actively doing something, the CCs will expect you to be reading this book.
You'll spend your first hours of boot camp filling out forms and giving a urine to test for drugs and alcohol. Virtually every task you're ordered to do is timed; five seconds to write a name on a tag, ten seconds to find the paperwork, etc. It's all part of the process to build a disciplined member of the Coast Guard.
You cannot wear contact lenses during basic training.
You can only wear your civilian glasses until you receive a pair of military-issue glasses, which are what you'll wear for the majority of boot camp.
The Coast Guard recognized Michael Likens, of Shavertown, and Richard Snowden, of Dallas, with Certificates of Merit at a ceremony at King's College. The Coast Guard says only a few Certificates of Merit are given out each year nationwide.
Coast Guard honored two men in Wilkes-Barre Tuesday night after they saved their friend's life during a fishing trip.
Once you graduate basic training, you can wear your civilian glasses again, as long as they conform to military dress and appearance regulations. Just like the other military boot camps, you'll probably find that nobody does anything right during this first week of training.