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Travel and Planning
Coast Guard navigators plan voyages and flights. Think of these pages as your flight plan. The Academy’s goal is to help you arrive safely in New London, get the most of your AIM experience, and return home with some great sea stories!

Select the blue headings below to learn more about each topic.

What to Bring 

Athletic gear is worn all day during AIM. Schedules don’t include time for laundry. Please pack accordingly. The weather is usually humid with temperatures in the 80s. Arrive wearing athletic attire (sneakers or running shoes required) with your gear in one bag.

The Academy provides these items for you:

  • AIM shirts (5)
  • AIM shorts (5 pair)
  • Ball cap (1)
  • Canvas bag (1)
  • Water bottle (1)
Packing List 

Medication: If you need prescription medication, please carry a seven-day supply and bring a letter from your physician documenting the prescription, frequency, and dosage.

Electronic devices: Personal electronic devices are not allowed during AIM. Please leave them home, with the exception of your cell phone, which the Academy will store when you arrive.


  • Register for a session by May 19 (first come, first served)
  • Submit the Scholarship Application by May 19 (if financial need exists)
  • Make payment of $525 by June 1
  • Schedule physical exam
  • Obtain a personal copy of your medical insurance card
  • Download, complete and mail or email forms by June 1
  • Download and review Packing and Planning Checklist
    • Medical Release and Emergency Contact (physician signature required)

Getting Fit 

You’ll get the most from AIM if you arrive hydrated and physically fit. Stamina counts! Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Work out during the month before you arrive. Consider using the Physical Fitness Guide. These guidelines will also help you do your best on the Physical Fitness Exam, which is required to apply to the Academy.
  2. Acclimate yourself to summer heat. If you sleep in an air conditioned space, turn it off.
  3. Hydrate! Avoid caffeinated beverages and three days before you arrive drink 8-16 ounces of water every two to four hours and more when you work out. Travel with your water bottle.

Room and Board 

Your first meal will be at 6:30 p.m. day of arrival. All meals are served in the Cadet Wardroom. Seating and etiquette are consistent with wardroom traditions at sea. You may not store or prepare food in your room. Sample Menu 

You will be assigned to one of eight companies (Whiskey 1, Whiskey 2, X-ray 1, X-ray 2, Yankee 1, Yankee 2, Zulu 1, Zulu 2), and live in Chase Hall, the cadet barracks with one or two roommates. AIM is led by second and first class cadets known as cadre. Logistics support is provided by a team of over 40 volunteers from around the country. This highly experienced team of Coast Guard auxiliarists, active duty personnel, and Academy alumni are referred to as Partners. Their deep experience means your cadet cadre have the time to focus on your introduction to Cadet life.

The Week at a Glance 

Your company schedule will be set when you arrive. A typical week consists of:

  • Day 1: Uniform issue, opening ceremonies and cadet cadre introductions
  • Day 2: Campus tour, Physical Fitness Exam, introduction to engineering team project, drill practice, intercompany athletics, FIT workshop
  • Day 3: Engineering design session, museum tour, range tour, drill practice, sports, FIT workshop
  • Day 4: Inspection, indoctrination test, sailing, engineering build session, FIT workshop, Vespers
  • Day 5: Indoctrination test, formal room inspection, Hopley Yeaton ceremony, meet with intercollegiate coaches, presentation of diploma
  • Day 6: Family Day; AROW demonstration; group photos; graduation ceremony

Plan of the Day 

The Plan of the Day (POD) is issued by unit commanders to organize their officers and enlisted personnel. Your POD will usually look like this:

  • 0600 – Reveille
  • 0610 – Calisthenics
  • 0700 – Morning meal
  • 0800 – Morning session
  • 1200 – Formation and noon meal
  • 1300 – Physical activity
  • 1545 – Sports
  • 1730 – Formation and evening meal
  • 1815 – Cadre time
  • 1900 – Evening session
  • 2200 – Taps, lights out


Your safety and well-being is the Academy’s top priority. To participate in AIM, you must have current medical insurance evidenced by an insurance card. Our medical support team includes:

  • Athletic trainers: On site during athletic and physical fitness sessions
  • Medical staff: A team of five led by a board certified physician is on call 24 hours a day
  • Medical transport team: Partners accompany you whenever medically necessary, on and off campus
  • Lawrence and Memorial Hospital: Acute and emergent care is available 24 hours a day. The hospital is located 3.8 miles from campus, a seven to eight minute ride.
  • Pequot Health Center: A non-emergency medical facility located 5.8 miles from campus, a 7 minute drive.
  • Academy medical clinic: Eligible military dependents may be treated at the Academy clinic with a valid military identification card


You will be expected to do your best to live by the Academy’s core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. In the spirit of good order and discipline, please observe these rules:

  • The use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and smokeless tobacco products is prohibited
  • Independently departing Chase Hall or the Academy grounds is not permitted
  • Do not hang objects in or out of the windows
  • Food may not be stored, prepared or consumed in barracks rooms
  • Rooms that are not your own are off limits unless invited and escorted by the occupant
  • Rooms are kept neat and orderly according to the standards the cadre share with you
  • Valuables should be secured when your room is vacant
  • You should be in your room with lights out by 10 p.m.


With the exception of scholarship recipients, you are responsible to arrange your own transportation to and from the Academy. The Academy will provide transportation for students only to and from T.F. Greene, Providence, Rhode Island (PVD), or Bradley International, Hartford, Connecticut (BDL) airports.

Commercial Transportation:

Airports: T.F. Greene, Providence, Rhode Island (PVD), Bradley International, Hartford, Connecticut (BDL). Buses and Academy staff will meet arrivals at the baggage claim to provide bus and van service. Please book flight arrival times before 2 p.m. on day of arrival (Sunday), if unable to, please document the arrival time in the travel form and Academy staff will be sure to accommodate travel arrangements from both airports.

Ferry service:  Cross Sound Ferry, New London, Connecticut

Train service: Amtrak, New London, Connecticut (NLC)

Taxis are available at the New London transportation center. Plan on a $10 fare. For more information on the center, see

Preferred arrival time is between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. The check-in desk will open at 1:00 p.m. in Dimick Hall. Ample parking is available. Early birds are welcome to check in, tour the area, and return by 3:30 p.m. You will head to Chase Hall (cadet barracks) at about 4:00 p.m.

If the plans provided in your Travel Worksheet change, or you are delayed, promptly contact the AIM Watch Office at 860-701-6284.



Shuttle service to the airports begins after graduation, from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Those who are flying should schedule accordingly, allowing for about one hour of driving time. Flights departing at 5:30 p.m. or later are recommended.

Those unable to leave on graduation day may remain at the Academy until 12:00 p.m. the next day. A single shuttle to each airport will leave at 8:00 a.m.

Those who are driving home should arrange for pick up from the Leamy Hall parking lot at an agreed upon time between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Separation Policy 

The Academy plans for every participant to complete the program. Sometimes, a student is unable to do so. After reasonable effort to accommodate, the Academy may send a student home early. In this case, the Academy is unable to provide housing, but will provide ground transportation to Providence and Hartford airports or the New London bus and ferry terminal. The student will be expected to make arrangements for transportation home at his or her own expense.

Did you know? 

Learn about one of the Coast Guard's most celebrated navigators, Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf, who led the arduous "Overland Expedition." Graduates serve aboard the new National Security Cutter Bertholf, named in his honor.