Coast Guard donating stockings to deployed troops

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May News 
CAPE MAY, N.J. – Staff and recruits at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May will donate 200 stockings to the USO for distribution to fellow service members serving abroad this holiday season Monday at 12 p.m.

Operation Stocking Stuffers is a USO initiative aimed at providing stockings filled with items like candy canes, hot chocolate, DVDs and puzzles to deployed service members. Coast Guard units, support organizations and community members helped collect the contents for the stockings including the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, which is now deployed throughout the rest of the holiday season.

Coast Guard recruits participating in the service’s rigorous basic training program from India Company 187 helped stuff the 200 stockings Wednesday, and they will turn the stockings over to representatives from the Liberty USO at Training Center Cape May Monday at 1030 a.m.

Training Center Cape May is the Coast Guard’s only enlisted basic training center. Only about four percent of applicants are selected for enlisted service in the Coast Guard. Of the select few who make it to basic training, about 15 percent will either be reverted or re-phased, and another six percent will washout of training. Coast Guard recruits endure a rigorous and demanding eight-week training program that prepares them for military service in the Coast Guard through instruction in everything from water survival to basic marksmanship.

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