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Pride

College is meant to be fun. Cadets who enjoy developing camaraderie and spirit on their campus have plenty of opportunity to do so at the Academy. Campus pride organizations bring a sense of accomplishment, community and friendship to those who choose to participate.

Campus Pride Organizations

The Cadet Blog Club is the featured journaling program of the Coast Guard Academy website. Members chronicle their experiences as cadets and interact with visitors to the site, primarily the young men and women considering attending the Academy. The club has a room dedicated to video blogging in Chase Hall that is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and computer software to support this new initiative.

Started in 2006 with six participants, the program has grown to over 50 members representing 25 states and six countries as well as all eight majors. Bloggers write on a wide variety of topics and contribute year round.

The Cadet Activities Council plans social events for the Corps of Cadets, such as the Holiday Ball, the Dinner Theater in February and themed mixers in order to support the morale of the corps. The club provides guidance and support for all class formals and plans the 4/c mixer, which is held the first weekend of the school year in order to allow the 4/c a time to relax and get to know one another after the completion of Swab Summer.

The Cheer Squad has been a tradition at the Coast Guard Academy since 1955. Cheer Squad raises morale within the corps; develops leadership, confidence, teamwork, and character; and supports shipmates involved in varsity sports. Being a member of the squad allows cadets the opportunity to use flexibility and form to not only cheer for athletic teams, but to accent a different and unique kind of strength.

The Dance Team performs at most home football games as well as at other cultural and sports events during all three sports seasons. Members of the team have been featured in student musicals and also participate in Eclipse week. The team invites spirited girls with all levels of dance experience and focuses on teaching and improving both beginning and advanced-level dance technique. In addition to regular dance rehearsals, the girls stick to a regimented workout plan that includes runs, push-ups and ab, back and leg workouts.

The USCGA Drill Team is a silent drill team composed of cadets that desire to compete and drill more than the average cadet. The team features two separate parts: the platoon and the squad. Platoon is the entry-level group which features a very basic routine, whereas Squad is for fast learners or those who are more experienced. The Squad’s routines are always more complex and difficult.

The Drill Team performs before Regimental Reviews, as well as at one or two collegiate competitions a year. In years past the team has taken third place at the Cornell drill competition for platoon fancy. The Duo routine, a two-man team made up of the most experienced members, has also taken third place at the Villanova competition, as well as first place at Cornell. The silent drill team requires skill and discipline beyond what is normally asked for at the Academy. It is a great experience to not only compete but also to help out when called to perform within the community.

The USCGA Social Committee is a group that works closely with the Academy Director of Social Development to organize cadet activities and outings. These individuals also plan and provide decorations for at least two seasonal formals, three theme mixers and the Parents Weekend Luncheon, as well as assist with each class’s annual formal or ring dance.
The Tide Rips Yearbook Committee is a group made up of members of Corps of Cadets Echo Company, which works closely with the yearbook coordinator to create an annual Academy yearbook, including photography, page layout and design, and works with the publisher to create a professional record of the past year.

Sponsor Family Application

Thank you for submitting your application to be part of the Sponsor Family Program. Your application will be processed in the upcoming week. Coast Guard Academy’s policy on background screening now requires all adults (everyone 18 and older living in the home) who volunteer to mentor, teach, coach or sponsor cadets, whether on or off Coast Guard Academy grounds, to be screened every 5 years. They are required to provide personal information (name, birth date and social security number) for the purpose of conducting a criminal background check.

The Security Officer at the Coast Guard Academy, CWO2 Gina Polkowski, is overseeing this process. Her email is: Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.

Sponsor Family designations fall into several different categories. Below are the guidelines to help you determine how best to meet the background screening requirement:

  1. If you are Coast Guard active duty you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  2. If you are a Civilian working for the Coast Guard you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  3. If you are non-Coast Guard Active Duty, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  4. If you are non-Coast Guard civilian who has a current security clearance or National Agency check, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  5. All civilians in the families who are 18 years or older and do not have a security clearance or a National Agency Check are required to be vetted through Mind Your Business, the third party vendor hired by the Coast Guard Academy for the vetting process.

After you complete your application, please e-mail the Sponsor Family Program Coordinator at CadetFamilySponsorProgram@uscga.edu. In your e-mail, you must include the e-mail address and phone number of every adult living in the home. The Sponsor Family Coordinator will then initiate the background check process and you will receive an email with further instructions.

Important things to note:

There is a Sponsor Family Training that is a one-hour training which we ask sponsors to attend once every four years. This training is designed to give you an overview of the program, what is expected of you as a sponsor, and what you can expect from your cadets. This training will also help familiarize you with the cadet regulations onboard CGA. You will be notified via e-mail once the training is scheduled.

The matching process of swabs to families will occur during July and August. Please bear with us and remain flexible through this process. There will be a meet and greet scheduled on Campus, typically in late August. This will give families an opportunity to formally meet their cadet if they have not already done so. Details on this will also be via email.

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