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Photos reveal this year’s batch of US Coast Guard recruits

Incredible photos reveal this year’s newest batch of US Coast Guard recruits training at at the service’s only training facility.

The US Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey, produces 3,500 Guardsmen annually.

Every recruit must go through the grueling seven-week boot camp at this facility.

Images reveal the cadets training at an indoor pool, lifting heavy braided rope, fighting a simulated fire, reading in a class room setting and ultimately graduating as Guardsmen.

The training center’s Facebook page says: ‘Only four per cent of applicants are selected and those individuals are tested physically, mentally and emotionally for the honor to be a US Coast Guardsmen.’  

Seaman recruits are drilled by company commanders in the mess hall while carrying food and drinks 

Seaman recruits drop into an indoor pool.  Recruits are required to swim 100 meters in front crawl, breast stroke or sidestroke

Seaman recruits drop into an indoor pool.  Recruits are required to swim 100 meters in front crawl, breast stroke or sidestroke

A company commander instructs seaman recruits outside the barracks at the US Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey 

A company commander instructs seaman recruits outside the barracks at the US Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey 

Seaman recruits lift a braided rope above their heads during a drill while being instructed by a company commander

Seaman recruits lift a braided rope above their heads during a drill while being instructed by a company commander

3,5000 Seaman recruits graduate annually from the service's only training center located in New Jersey

3,5000 Seaman recruits graduate annually from the service’s only training center located in New Jersey

Training Center Cape May is the fifth largest base in the Coast Guard and the only accession point for the entire enlisted workforce. The center’s website says the training center is considered the birthplace of the enlisted corps. 

Their mission is ‘to transform the recruits of today into the Coast Guardsmen of tomorrow while providing superior mission support to our tenant commands’. 

One aspect of the training requires recruits to swim 100meters in front crawl, breast stroke or side crawl.

Images show company commanders drilling seamen recruits while in the lunch room, outside near barracks and also using a megaphone and whistle. 

Another photo shows a recruit at the New Jersey training center receiving heat therapy on his leg.

‘They are forged from the blood, sweat and sacrifice of the men and women who went before them, and they will leave their own legacy of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty through their service to our Nation,’ reads the Cape May center’s website. 

A seaman recruit fights a simulated fire during the seven week required boot camp. The Cape May Training Center is considered the birthplace of the enlisted corps 

A seaman recruit fights a simulated fire during the seven week required boot camp. The Cape May Training Center is considered the birthplace of the enlisted corps 

New recruits are pictured reading at the Cap May clinic. Their mission is 'to transform the recruits of today into the Coast Guardsmen of tomorrow while providing superior mission support to our tenant commands'

New recruits are pictured reading at the Cap May clinic. Their mission is ‘to transform the recruits of today into the Coast Guardsmen of tomorrow while providing superior mission support to our tenant commands’

A recruit is pictured receiving heat therapy on his leg. The training center's Facebook page says: 'Only four per cent of applicants are selected and those individuals are tested physically, mentally and emotionally for the honor to be a US Coast Guardsmen'

A recruit is pictured receiving heat therapy on his leg. The training center’s Facebook page says: ‘Only four per cent of applicants are selected and those individuals are tested physically, mentally and emotionally for the honor to be a US Coast Guardsmen’

Recruits are pictured during classroom training. The projector reads 'Devotion2duty2017!' 

Recruits are pictured during classroom training. The projector reads ‘Devotion2duty2017!’ 

New recruits at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May's swimming pool. Recruits are required to swim 100 meters in front crawl, breast stroke or sidestroke.

New recruits at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May’s swimming pool. Recruits are required to swim 100 meters in front crawl, breast stroke or sidestroke.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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