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Message to Parents > Graduation > Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days will my loved one be home after graduation?

Leave is the authorized absence of an individual from a place of duty.

All Coast Guard members earn 2.5 days a month which amounts to 30 days of leave per year. Each time you take leave, that time is subtracted from your available leave balance.

After completing recruit training, each graduate is permitted up to 05 days of regular leave. This leave will start the Saturday following graduation from boot camp. Servicemembers taking recruit leave must report to their new unit during regular working hours on a regular workday (Monday through Friday and not on a holiday).

Any graduate desiring to save leave may do so by reporting to his or her intended unit as soon after graduation as possible, even if that means reporting during off-hours, or during a weekend or holiday.

This policy aims to give each new military member choosing to take recruit leave the best possible exposure to his or her new unit. The policy of directing the graduate to report during working hours on a workday assumes that the new unit will be better able to provide an appropriate reception and first impression of the Coast Guard.

Note: After recruit training you will have earned 05 days of leave. Taking the full 05 days of recruit leave will give you a balance of 0 days of earned leave upon reporting to your new unit

Can my loved one send and receive mail?

Yes, you are encouraged to send letters to your loved ones. However, care packages (e.g., food, books, magazines, etc.) are not authorized and should not be mailed.

Mail correspondence to:

SR (Last Name, First Initial)
Company # and Hall (James, Healy, or Munro)
1 Munro Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204

Graduation Dates: are found under the Graduation Link Above.

Where can I find out more information about the Coast Guard?

Right now, you're probably filled with all kinds of emotions. Pride. Concern. Delight. Anxiety. And that's understandable. After all, your child is considering joining the Coast Guard. And while we can't ease all your worries and concerns, we can let you know what we're all about, what your son or daughter will experience in the Coast Guard, and what the answers are to some of your questions.

One thing we will tell you right off the bat, you deserve to be proud of your child. In joining the Coast Guard, he or she will become part of our organization whose main concern is the safety of this country. We teach honor, respect and devotion to duty. Our Coast Guard men and women save lives, protect waters and guard our borders. Their job and how they will face each mission are truly admirable.

Please visit Go Coast Guard for more information.


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