Coast Guard Recruits begin receiving benefits as soon as the arrive at Camp May.
Recruit trainees are paid in accordance with current pay scales for the pay grade in which they were enlisted. Most recruits are enlisted as E-1. However, there are some enlistment programs which bring people in at pay grades E-2 and E-3.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
In addition to base pay, recruits with families may apply to receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). This is normally done during week one of training. The amount is based on the status of your dependents.
- College or Business Courses
- Technical or Vocational Courses
- Correspondence Courses
- Apprenticeship/Job Training
- Flight Training
Under this Bill, you may receive benefits for a wide variety of training, including an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university, or a cooperative training program. You may also take an accredited independent study program leading to a degree.
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.
Dependent ID Cards
If you have dependents, you will fill out the Application for Dependent ID Card after your arrival at Cape May. The application and letter explaining the procedure will be sent via mail to your spouse/dependent. They will take the application to the nearest ID card issuing military installation and get a dependent ID card. If they are unable to get to a military installation prior to your graduation, your dependent may get a card issued either at Cape May or at your first duty station.