May 5, 2020 —
D49 (formerly N2) Q: How long will recruit shipping be rescheduled?
A: The Coast Guard will protect the health and safety of our recruits, our training staff, and our workforce. We are working with Cape May to revise the overall shipping plan, and we will receive new recruits at TRACEN Cape May as soon as possible. The safety of our members remains one of the Coast Guard’s highest priorities. New recruits will remain in a delayed-entry status and will work with their local recruiters to reschedule their basic training once Coast Guard training centers reopen.
D50 (formerly N3) Q: How does this delay impact current graduates going to the next unit? *
A: Graduates who are not able to travel to their new units due to current travel restrictions will remain onboard Cape May until safe and appropriate travel arrangements can be made. Recruits currently in training will complete training in an expedited manner and will transition to their new units when able to do so.
D51 (formerly N4) Q: What is being done with recruits currently in training?
A: Recruits currently in training will complete training in an expedited manner and will transition to their new units when it is safe to do so and appropriate travel arrangements can be made.
D52 (formerly N5) Q: What are training centers currently doing to stop COVID-19?
A: We are taking preventative measures to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible and limit any potential impact based on CDC guidance. We are constantly evaluating the environment and working with our federal, state and local partners to make the best decisions for all concerned in every case. Our goal is to limit, to the greatest extent possible, any outside factor that would impact our people and protect the health and safety of our members and families. Enhanced cleaning, sanitation, social distancing and hygiene requirements have been implemented at all levels.
Training that is not mission essential and time critical has been canceled or deferred. Mission essential and time critical training is being conducted with fewer students to help facilitate social distancing. For inherently close-contact training, we have instituted a 14-day restriction of movement period at the training center.
D53 (formerly N6) Q: What happens if a Coast Guard recruit is suspected or tests positive for COVID-19?
A: If a recruit meets current CDC screening guidelines for COVID-19, the training center staff will work with HSWL staff, in conjunction with state and local health department professionals, to provide the recruit with medical services. Training staff will first rule out other illnesses such as strep throat, influenza and ear infections before moving the member to isolation, observation and possible COVID-19 testing. If a new recruit is suspected of being exposed to COVID-19, they will be quarantined in a separate location from the regular recruit population pending their COVID-19 test results.