Coast Guard Training Center to celebrate Month of the Military Child

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard will host more than 30 military children aboard Training Center Cape May and several of its tenant commands as part of the Month of the Military Child Thursday at 9 a.m.

Coast Guard crews will be providing tours and activities for the children, so they can gain a better understanding of what their parents do on a daily basis. The tour is being coordinated in conjunction with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2012, which is a nationally coordinated event aimed at providing an informal education environment for children.

The Coast Guard’s participation in 2012 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day gives the service an opportunity to recognize military children and their many sacrifices during the Month of the Military Child. There are more than 1,100 military members stationed in the Cape May area, and many of them have children who endure frequent moves, long work hours and lengthy deployments.

“On Average, military children will move at least twice during their high school years, and most will attend six to nine different schools between kindergarten and 12th grade,” according to the National Military Family Association.

This is compounded by frequent deployments both nationally and globally in support of national and homeland security operations. According the Department of Defense, 765,000 of our military children have active duty parents, and approximately 225,000 have a parent who is currently deployed.

The crews of aboard several of the Coast Guard cutters homeported aboard Training Center Cape May spend more than six months deployed annually, and the training, medical and support staff here put in long hours to support the demanding basic training mission. Meanwhile, many of these Coast Guardsmen have a child at home anxiously awaiting their return.

Children will see demonstrations from the recruit silent drill team, meet Coast Guard firefighters, tour Coast Guard small boats and cutters, and receive the Training Center Cape May welcome from the company commanders.

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