The Instructional System Branch provides the recruit
with the academic and practical knowledge needed to be a productive
apprentice in the Coast Guard. The indoctrination to the culture of the
Coast Guard and the basic knowledge of rules and regulations are taught in
many classes in the following areas:
Coast Guard History
Ranks & Rates
Coast Guard Missions
Coast Guard Organization
Total Quality Management
Sexual Harassment/Civil Rights
Small Arms Training
Ship Board Firefighting
There are two major exams, mid-term and final. Both are 50 question written tests.
Recruits practice firefighting techniques in the full-scale mock- up. Fighting fires aboard a ship requires diligence and TEAMWORK!
Much of this training is "hands on". You will learn marlinspike seamanship, line handling, watchstanding, helm commands, lookout procedures and deck maintenance. You will also learn proper shipboard fire fighting techniques. After receiving classroom instructions in these areas you will then have the opportunity to practice on simulated mark-ups. Recruits must pass a practical seamanship exam.
Recruits will spend a full day at the Training Center’s range facility. Detailed instruction on proper sidearm handling and firing techniques are followed with actual firing. Those who attain qualification will be awarded Coast Guard pistol medals and/or ribbons.