The training program is very strenuous. This, combined with the challenge of separation from family and friends, sometimes creates a need for recruits to seek counseling. There are several people you can see to discuss your needs.
The first person you should talk to is your Company Commander. Your CC has had a lot of experience dealing with issues and problems just like yours. If you feel uncomfortable discussing the problem with your CC, you can make an appointment to see a chaplain or another counseling resource.
These resources include a staff psychiatrist, equal opportunity advisor, social worker, and staff nurse. Appointments to see these people are made through your Company Commander. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone, and someone will always be available to assist you.
Many people find religious services uplifting and a good way to ease the pressures of training. The Training Center Chapel is staffed by both Catholic and Protestant Chaplains, and has services every Sunday morning which you may attend. Arrangements will be made for you to attend other types of religious services if available in the community, as long as there is no conflict with your regularly scheduled training. You may also join the recruit choir. Two recruits from each company are assigned as Company Religious Representatives and attend weekly meetings, lead company prayers, and work in the chapel at various times.
The Training Center Dispensary provides medical services delivered by family physicians, a physical therapy department, a dental clinic, optometry services and a psychiatrist. They serve recruits and active duty personnel with mild to moderate illnesses, including overnight treatment. Emergency room services are available at local hospitals.
While we protect the citizens of the United States, we must remember to also protect each other. Be aware of the warning signs and if a shipmate is in pain, help your shipmate!
Appears depressed, sad, fearful, hopeless, poor appetite, poor sleep. Threatens suicide. Talks about wanting to die or sleep the pain away. Shows changes in behavior, appearance, or mood. Abuses drugs or alcohol. Experienced significant loss or trauma or accident or experiencing legal issues.
WHAT TO DO if someone deliberately injures self: Provide A.I.D.
- ASK. Don’t be afraid to ask “Are you thinking about hurting yourself?”
- INTERVENE. Immediately.
- DON'T keep it a secret. Follow the acronym L.I.F.E.
- LOCATE HELP: Company Commander, Instructor or Permanent Party member.
- INFORM: Chain of Command of the situation.
- FIND: Someone to stay with the person. Do not leave the person alone.
- EXPEDITE: Get help immediately, call 911
Restricted Reporting is available for service members who desire medical treatment and counseling WITHOUT triggering the official Coast Guard investigation process and notification of the victim’s command. Victims CANNOT disclose the assault to an active-duty member. They must report the matter ONLY to an:
- CG Support: (609) 898-6731w/(609) 846-6418c
- Family Advocacy Specialist/ backup Sexual Assault Response Coordinator: (609) 898-6925w/(609) 675-1720c
- TRACEN Medical Clinic: (609) 898-6610/6366
(Duty and After Hours)
- Chaplain: (609) 898-6239
- Safe helpline available 24/7 for victims of sexual assault:
- Chat at www.Safehelpline.org or call 877-995-5247
- Text location to 55-247 inside the United States
Unrestricted Reporting is when a service member desires medical treatment, counseling, and an official investigation of his or her allegation. Report the matter using your chain of command. Once a Coast Guard official receives a report that a sexual assault has occurred; they SHALL report it to their command.
- CG SUPRT: 855-CGSUPRT (247-8778) www.cgsuprt.com
- Cape Regional Medical Center: (609) 463-2000
- Company Commanders/Chain of Command
Safe Helpline (operated by RAINN); confidential assistance 24/7 for DoD and CG service members
- Hotline 877-995-5247
- Secure instant messaging www.SafeHelpline.org
National Sexual Assault Hotline (operated by RAINN); confidential assistance for civilians
- Hotline 800-656-HOPE
- Secure instant messaging https://www.rainn.org
Coast Guard Victim Advocate (VA) (through your SARC) Medical Support from a designated medical facility CG SUPRT
- 1-855-CGSUPRT (247-8778)
- Web: www.CGSUPRT.com
Coast Guard Legal services
Coast Guard Criminal Investigative Service (CGIS)
Hazing is contrary to our Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. It negatively impacts esprit de corps. There is no place in the Coast Guard for dehumanizing treatment, and any incident of hazing shall be investigated and appropriate disciplinary action shall be initiated against the perpetrators.
Hazing is defined as any conduct whereby one military member or employee, regardless of service or rank, unnecessarily causes another military member or employee, regardless of service or rank, to suffer or be exposed to an activity that is cruel, abusive, oppressive, or harmful. Soliciting or coercing another to conduct such activity also constitutes hazing. This policy applies to all personnel at all times, on or off duty, at sea or ashore, on or off base.
Every Coast Guard member must inform the appropriate authorities of each suspected violation of the policy. Reporting procedure of hazing or suspected hazing while in recruit training:
May be reported to your Company Commander without fear of reprisal. Recruits who feel they cannot discuss this matter with their Company Commander should approach any of the following members:
- Section Commander
- Battalion Commander - Command Master Chief - Work Life staff