Coast Guard Graduation Opens

If a Hooah was ever appropriate, now is the time. It’s been more than a year since the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May suspended family attendance graduation events at Cape May, NJ to stop the spread of COVID-19. The following is from the official Coast Guard FORCECOM page.

Update as of December 2nd, 2020:

The base continues to evolve our training and operations based on the most recent CDC, Coast Guard, and New Jersey guidance.

As a result of our vaccine and mitigation efforts, starting June 4, 2021, recruit graduation ceremonies will be re-opened to limited guests and recruits will be permitted to invite 4 people to attend their graduation ceremony. If a guest arrives and they are not on the list, they will not be allowed to attend graduation. Recruits will confirm their guests’ attendance on graduation week.

Our main gate will open to authorized graduation guests at 7:30 a.m. to account for potential delays due to security and COVID visitor screening.  Guests should anticipate a COVID screening which includes proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID test within 3 days. Masks will be worn by all guests in all buildings regardless of vaccination status. Visitors to the Training Center must provide information on their vaccination status by showing a record of immunization and complying with the requisite safety protocols. 

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Shannon Kearney

Visitors who are unvaccinated or decline to provide their vaccination status must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from no later than the previous 3 days prior to entry. Unvaccinated visitors and anyone unable to provide vaccination status or a test are required to wear a mask and maintain 6-foot social distancing at events.

Upon arriving at the front gate, all guests must present a valid form of state or federal identification in order to gain access to the training center. All drivers must possess a valid driver’s license.

Firearms, weapons, and illicit controlled substances, including marijuana, are not permitted on base. Do not have them in your vehicle when you approach the front gate to enter the base.

Graduation is a formal military ceremony and will begin promptly at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium or on the parade field, as weather permits. The ceremony will last for about 45 minutes. After the ceremony is concluded, recruits are free to depart. If you are unable to attend the ceremony, your recruit will be provided travel arrangements to execute their orders for authorized leave and reporting to their first units.

Booking your travel to Coast Guard Graduation

As airlines increase their passenger loads, fares will be on the rise. Families and friends need to book their flight, hotel, and car to graduation now. Our team of military travel agents will ensure you can cancel or change your reservations based on the fluidity of Coast Guard updates on graduation. 

There are several airports to choose from.

Our certified military travel agents will make sure you can:

  • Cancel your hotel reservation without a fee
  • Avoid paying ‘change or re-booking fees
  • Cancel your car reservation without a fee
  • Qualify for a 100% refund on your airline ticket

Book now with no obligation and have peace of mind. Our agents will have your back!




Categories: Coast Guard, Recruit Training

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