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boot camp graduation
Last Post 30 Nov 2010 01:58 PM by chukles. 12 Replies.
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22 Nov 2010 01:12 PM
    so i am leaving for boot camp on Jan 4. and my mom was asking me when she should buy her plane ticket for my graduation.... and what hotel she should go to...how will she get from the hotel to graduation (if there is a shuttle)... also assuming i do not have any set backs my graduation date should be Feb. 25th right? is this accurate? thanks in advance
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    22 Nov 2010 01:53 PM
    Most people fly into Philadelphia and rent a car for the trip down to Cape May (I think it's about a 2 hour drive if I remember right, it's been several years). Philadelphia is a much larger airport with more flights and much less expensive. She should wait to buy her ticket until a couple of weeks before graduation, in case you don't graduate on your scheduled date. Unforseen circumstances can push your grad date further ahead than you plan, and changing plane tickets can be expensive. In the final two weeks of boot camp you will be allowed to call home and set up her travel arrangements. Good luck!
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    22 Nov 2010 02:04 PM
    thanks that sounds good.....does the base have a place for them to stay or do most people fly in and fly out same day?
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    22 Nov 2010 02:12 PM
    Scroll down to the "Coast Guard Family" section, and there is a forum about hotels and such in Cape May.
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    22 Nov 2010 08:46 PM
    The base will not provide lodging. Family members stay at local hotels, there are many in Cape May. Some will close for the season, but you will still find ample space to get a room. In & out the same day would be virtually impossible. Breakfast is at 8. A flight to Philly would have to land by 5am to get the car, drive to Cape May, get on base... you see the silliness in all of that if not the sheer impossibility of it. So family generaly flies in on Thursday, stays a night in a hotel, attends graduation on Friday and then fly out to home. Graduation is generally completed by noon. Don't schedule a flight out of Philly at 2 in the afternoon... you won't make it! Make it at least a 5pm flight out. Pepper is right, there is a thread about hotels in Cape May... there are lots of nice ones and some not so fancy but comfortable for one night. Also, make sure she mentions she is there for graduation, often there are discounts given to family members. Cape May really does look out for the CG and their families.
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    23 Nov 2010 06:21 PM
    another place people can fly into that everyone forgets is atlantic city and can also stay there.
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    23 Nov 2010 09:30 PM
    Atlantic City is a very, very expensive airport to fly into. It is used mostly for small commuter or high roller planes (gambling). Also, I wouldn't let my dogs spend the night in Atlantic City... if you like filth, hookers, gambling and excessive drinking... hey, it might be the place for you. For me, I would rather stay in Camden. Long held the record for the most deadliest city in America, just recently replaced by St Louis. Flights in and out of AC are very few & far between, search for flights, I doubt you will find even one.
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    24 Nov 2010 09:24 AM
    thanks for all the info...sounds like she is going to buy a ticket during week 5 and fly to philly
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    24 Nov 2010 10:48 AM
    Atlantic City International airport is a large airport. 747 pilots get their training there. It's also base for USCG helos in the region. Most of south Jersey people love to fly out of AC airport when they can, which is nowhere near the Casinos and the filth.
    It depends where your coming from. Don't rule out ACY, you'll be better off to fly to AC. I know of friends who fly to Myrtle Beach for less than $35 one way. Fla. is also a popular destination. $205 round trip from ACY.
    Happy Graduation, bring tissues.
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    24 Nov 2010 01:11 PM
    This is diectly from the ACY airport website... You can fly from ACY to Boston, Detroit, Ft. Myers, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach; with over 40 destinations via Atlanta and over 25 destinations via Ft. Lauderdale.

    So yes, you can get in & out of there with connectors. That tends to cost more because you still have to pay airport charges for each airport you go through. Personally, put me on a plane here, land me in Philly, call it good. I still stand by my original statement, I wouldn't go near Atlantic City if they paid me to go there. I was born & raised in NJ, I watched AC become what it is. You couldn't get me to stay there.
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    27 Nov 2010 01:39 PM
    During forming week you will send home a packet with your mailing address, company name, expected graduation date. Later you will send home an additional packet with all of the details necessary for travel arrangements.

    They advise very strongly not to make arrangements prior to week 05 (when you find out your duty station) because you might get reverted, re-phased, sent home, etc.

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    30 Nov 2010 12:59 PM
    I have stayed at both Summer Station on the main beach drag in Cape May and it was very nice, they are basically condo's that when the people aren't there are rented out and if you tell them your are there for a cg grad you get a discount and they allow a one night stay.

    I also stayed in Vineland about and hour away at the Ramada which is newly renovated and had nice rooms and I stayed at a Springhill Suite (I believe) that was next door and both of those were nice and ran about $80-90 a night if Im not mistaken.
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    30 Nov 2010 01:58 PM
    Knapster6,

    If you do not mind, could you post that info (and details, under the family forum for Hotels! That is awesome information!
    I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted Coastie, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.
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