Coast Guard kicks off 2013 Cadence Contest

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  Recruits from Coast Guard Recruit Company Quebec 188 call photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska Recruits from Coast Guard Recruit Company Quebec 188 call

CAPE MAY – The Coast Guard Coast Guard Cadence Contest of 2013 started Monday with the release of a new cadence each day through Friday.

Fans of the Coast Guard can pick the service’s top cadence of 2013 by “liking” it on Training Center Cape May’s Facebook page at  or the Coast Guard YouTube Channel at  through Oct. 14.

“The Coast Guard Cadence Contest allows service members from across the Coast Guard to educate our newest recruits,” said Capt. Todd Prestidge, commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. “Everything we do here is aimed at educating and preparing future Coast Guardsmen for the rigors of service, and that includes when they call cadence.”

This is the second year Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, the Coast Guard’s only enlisted basic training facility, has hosted the contest. Authors from across the service submitted their cadence ideas, and a panel consisting of senior training center staff selected the top five cadences of 2013. Those finalists had their cadences filmed as they were sung by Recruit Company Quebec 188, which will be posted to Facebook and YouTube for public voting.

Fans of the Coast Guard can read more about the cadence authors and their inspiration for the cadence on the training center’s blog  Their experiences and inspiration range from search and rescue cases to oil spill response.

Training Center Cape May prepares more than 80 percent of the Coast Guard’s entire workforce to conduct the service’s frontline missions around the world. The Coast Guard is among the most selective and recruits the most qualified applicants of the five armed services, according to a press release. This rigorous training program educates future Coast Guardsmen in everything from basic water survival to marksmanship, and many graduates will be conducting Coast Guard missions just days after basic training.

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