Where Does The Coast Guard Do Their Basic Training?

Where Does

The

Coast Guard

Do Their

Basic Training?

The Location Of Coast Guard Boot Camp

The Location Of

Coast Guard

Boot Camp

Cape May, New Jersey

A commonly asked question when people first begin to research getting into the Coast Guard, is where does the Coast Guard do their basic training?


The most direct answer to that question is stated in the headline of this paragraph, which is Cape May, New Jersey. More specifically, it is referred to as TRACEN Cape May, or Training Center Cape May. The official tagline is “The Birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard Enlisted Corps”. This is where all Coast Guard recruits who plan to join the enlisted ranks attend basic training. This is regardless of whether it’s the standard 8 week course or the shortened 3 week DEPOT course, or if the recruit plans on being active duty or being in the reserves. It all happens at TRACEN Cape May.


The exception is those who are looking to become officers. Those recruits attend Officer Candidate School or “OCS”, which is located in New London, Connecticut at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. It’s been there since August of 1998. Before that, it was located at the Coast Guard Reserve Training Center (RESTRACEN) in Yorktown, Virginia.

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Please note that although I’ve done my best to provide the most accurate answer possible to this question, I cannot fully guarantee its accuracy because at any given moment, some aspect of Coast Guard Boot Camp or the Coast Guard in general could change. For this reason, please remember that the most up-to-date, accurate information will come from a Coast Guard recruiter and / or other official USCG personnel. Always listen to what they have to say over what you find on any website, including this one.

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