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Getting from home to Cape May
Last Post 31 Jan 2017 08:27 PM by m1ashooter. 2 Replies.
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31 Jan 2017 07:06 PM
    I'm just curious:  How does a recruit get from home to Cape May?  Suppose it's a kid who's in, say, the Texas Panhandle and has never been beyond Amarillo, but wants to both serve his country and get out and see the world and has decided the Coast Guard is the best option for him to do both?  He's ready and eager to go as soon as he walks off the high school graduation stage, but what happens next?  Does the recruiter drive him from his small town to the airport?  Does he have to pay for his own plane ticket?

    And what if he hasn't had that many opportunities to swim, beyond a local pool that's only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day?  What happens to him then?  Is he out of luck and sent home at his first swim test?  Is he at least able to get some time in a pool at basic training before the swim test?

    Thanks in advance for your answers.
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    31 Jan 2017 07:40 PM
    Posted By Oarboar on 31 Jan 2017 08:06 PM
    I'm just curious:  How does a recruit get from home to Cape May?  Suppose it's a kid who's in, say, the Texas Panhandle and has never been beyond Amarillo, but wants to both serve his country and get out and see the world and has decided the Coast Guard is the best option for him to do both?  He's ready and eager to go as soon as he walks off the high school graduation stage, but what happens next?  Does the recruiter drive him from his small town to the airport?  Does he have to pay for his own plane ticket?

    And what if he hasn't had that many opportunities to swim, beyond a local pool that's only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day?  What happens to him then?  Is he out of luck and sent home at his first swim test?  Is he at least able to get some time in a pool at basic training before the swim test?

    Thanks in advance for your answers.

    He will be given a flight paid by the government from the nearest airport in relation to the meps , i think his might be Albuquerque New mexico and the recruiter there  , its closer than dallas to amarilo i believe if not it could be dallas i would call both. You will have to drive him to the recruiting office . 

    Get him into the pool to brush up. If he can swim he will be fine. If not he will go to remedial swim and be taught until he learns.  He is given the test first no free swims.
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    31 Jan 2017 08:27 PM
    You get to the MEPS station on your own. At least thats what my son did. Then you will be transported to the airport, board a plane and held to Philly. Then bus to Cape May. Do you have a local YMCA or hotel with a pool. If you have a hotel pool you might ask them if you can swim in it. I can't think on someone in the Panhandle tell a young person about to enter the USCG no you can't use my pool.
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