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I leave for Coast Guard boot camp next tuesday. I am about six pounds under weight but am sure I would pass the tape test. Do any of you have any advice to definetely make weight.
It's been 20 years, but when I enlisted (USMC) I was 5 lbs under weight. When I went through my physical during the enlistment process I managed to put the 5 lbs on even though I lost it again prior to entering boot camp. By then it was too late and then I gained weight during boot camp.
I assuming you went through that process already, correct? I you are leaving next Tuesday that would mean you are accepted, right? If so then don't worry about it as long as you are in some type of shape. Weight will come as you are bing trained. Ah... to be 18 again.
If you are shipping by way of MEPS and you are under your weight/height requirement - you shouldn't be taped. Just eat lots of fruits and vegetables and don't eat after say 18:00 hours or so. Get up early run 3 or 4 miles and feel good about the decision you have made.
Good Luck and let us know how it went.
Good luck in Coast Guard Boot Camp. My wife is a Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer and from what she has told me about CG Boot Camp, a lame dog with heartworm could make it! ;) If you have any specific questions, send me an email and I will forward it to her.
With regard to the being underweight, for heaven's sake, DON'T run before you report aboard. That is advice for the folks that are OVER! Anyway, eat well before hand, maybe from protein shakes and potatoes. Once you are there, the physical activity (such as it is) will make you gain that weight the right way.
I didn't mean run the day off your shipping out, you have about week before heading out. If you are six pounds under you are fine.
Yeah I screwed this thread up big time. At the time of posting I was actuall six pounds overweight. I am now four pounds. I am still pretty sure I will pass the tape test but I would rather make it without being taped.
I figured I would come back and revive this old post. I am now SN Vermillion on active duty in the coast guard and loving it. I am stationed at a small boat station about 30 mi north of boston. We clean things and ride around on boats waiting for calls from mariners in distress, mostly fishermen. What a life.
One of my staff is a Coast Guard vet. He loved it until he smashed his knee during a storm. 20 years later and still gives him trouble. Enjoy and stay safe. Your close to Boston so drop in on Jeff Burger.
Jeff's in Boston? I go there on leave.
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