How to Prepare for Coast Guard Basic Training Mentally
So you want to know how to prepare for Coast Guard Basic Training from a mental standpoint? Well you've come to the right place. Make no mistake, to be fully ready for Coast Guard Boot Camp, you need to master both the mental and physical aspects of preparation. I cover physical preparation here, but on this page and the subsequent lessons introduced here, you will dive into the preliminary knowledge you'll need to show up ready on day ZERO ONE.
When you arrive at the Cape May Training Center, your brain will be on absolute overload. Apart from the intentional chaos and screaming you'l endure, you will also have to learn a lot of information. As I write elsewhere on this website - the more you learn now, the easier it will be for you when you get there.
I'm not going to go over every single thing here because frankly there isn't enough room for it all on a page, but some of the information you should be acquainted with prior to arrival are your required knowledge items (11 General Orders, Rates and Ranks, Chain of Command), how to speak and respond correctly (including all Cape May / Nautical Slang), how to say numbers properly, what maintaining your military bearing entails, what goes on during a rack inspection and how to pass them, what standing watch duty is like and your responsibilities during a shift, what goes on in the galley (cafeteria), how to minimize and cope with extreme sleep deprivation, what 'attention to detail' means in USCG Basic Training, and basic marching commands. There is more than this of course but I would say that this is a solid foundation to show up prepared.
To give you an idea of where you stand with your current preparation, I've created a Knowledge Check Quiz. Scroll down this page to take it so you can see how prepared you are for Coast Guard Basic Training. After you submit it, you will immediately receive your result as well as the correct answers.
If you're not confident enough to take the quiz yet, you can also use the menu below to read through the various mental preparation lessons I've put together to help you prepare for Coast Guard Basic Training.
Good luck and let me know if you need any further help.