Council on Recruit Basic Training Held at Training Center Cape May

Coast Guard Capt. Owen Gibbons, commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., attends a briefing during the annual Council on Recruit Basic Training, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. This year the meeting is being hosted by the Coast Guard and aims to share best practices for recruit training from across all armed services. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)

Coast Guard Capt. Owen Gibbons, commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., attends a briefing during the annual Council on Recruit Basic Training, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Council on Recruit Basic Training kicked off its annual meeting at the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Wednesday.

The CORBT mission is to address common issues found in recruit basic military training across all branches of service and to share policies, ideas, lessons learned and procedures which can improve entry-level service training programs.

“This council is important to improving our service by helping create an efficient training environment,” said Capt. Owen Gibbons, commanding officer Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. “By taking lessons from other services who may have encountered similar issues, we can improve our methods of training and ensure that we produce the highest quality Coast Guardsman ready for the rigors of our service in the safest and most impactful way.”

Membership in the CORBT consists of senior officers and enlisted from all services including Maj. Gen. Anthony C. Funkhouser, commanding general of U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Maj. Gen. Robert D. Labrutta, commander, Second Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., Rear. Adm. David Throop, commander, Coast Guard Force Readiness Command, Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, commanding officer, Naval Service Training Command, and Mr. Dennis C. Thompson, Executive deputy of Training and Education Command, Marine Corps Base Quantico.

In addition to the United States armed service branches, Major General T.D. Hyams, OBE, from British armed forces in charge of Britain’s Army Recruiting and Training Division is also present.

The CORBT is scheduled to adjourn their meeting Friday.

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