Photo Release: USCG Recruit Training Board of Advisors Meet in Cape May

November 13, 2014

CAPE MAY, N.J. — The U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Board of Advisors is holding their semi-annual meeting at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, Nov. 13, 2014, to review and validate the vision, mission, strategic plan and purpose of recruit training.

The board provided input and support to several training center initiatives including the training center's changes to its physical fitness hold policies and the process for selecting and training potential company commanders who would be responsible for preparing recruits for service.

"As the sole accession point for the enlisted workforce, it is our duty to make sure that we have a physically fit, smartly disciplined and basically trained Coast Guard man or woman who is ready to live up to our core values," said Cmdr. Joe Meuse, executive officer Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. "Here at the training center we maintain the Coast Guard's standards, and we keep those standards safe. In order to do that, the support and advocacy of the board is crucial to our mission success."

The meeting is scheduled to end Friday.

Cmdr. Matt Smith, Coast Guard Training Center Cape May's training officer, provides an outline of the training center's roles and responsibilities to the Board of Advisors, Nov. 13, 2014. The board meets twice a year to review and validate the vision, mission, strategic plan and purpose of recruit training. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)

Rear Adm. Stephen Metruck, Coast Guard District District 5 commanding officer, Rear Adm. Scott Buschman, Force Command commanding officer, and Rear Adm. James Heinz, director of Reserve and Military Personnel for the Coast Guard, listen during a Board of Advisors meeting at the Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, N.J., Nov. 13, 2014. The board's purpose is to review programs that impact the enlisted recruit training experience including the military, academic and physical fitness programs. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)

The United States Coast Guard Recruit Training Board of Advisors are conducting their semi-annual meeting at the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Nov. 13, 2014. The board reviews, validates the vision, mission and strategic plans of recruit training to ensure it supports the Commandant of the Coast Guard's strategic guidance. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)