Yes......first off be in good physical shape.......run, lift, swim etc. Some folks leave due to being terribly out of shape.
Attitude wise: Be positive.....realize that you must conform to a new way of life.....a good one and I did it for 30 years and continue to use the tools I have learned over the years. Realize that the company commanders will push you all for good reasons. The also want to make all of you in your company to become a TEAM. You can quietly foster that amongst all your fellow recruits and eventually emerge as a leader in your own company. Help everyone, carry your own load and volunteer to help those that train you: Ie: ask for more responsibility once you get a feel for things. The Coast Guard is a great career.......not one regret from me or any of my family members. Go Coast Guard. Opportunity abounds and alot of it depends upon your own initiative.....you need to be even keeled, respectful, honorable, have high integrity and devoted to the mission.........Set your priorities and for now it is to have a good boot camp and come out of there as one of the top performers......stand out without being boatful, be humble.
CWO4 retired (in 2004)