Question: My child is a staff cadet. Will they be able to leave after graduation?
Answer: No. All adult staff and cadets will stay after graduation to secure the training. This will take about 3 hours. Your patience is appreciated.
Question: My child is attending a training before and graduation is the morning of In Take Day for Fort Custer. Can they arrive late?
Answer: Possibly, contact the COTC for direction.
Question: My child is attending Culinary Training or is a Staff Cadet and they need to arrive earlier. Their sister/brother is attending NLO (or one of the other training) can they check in early with their sibling?
Answer: The short answer is no. Contact the COTC.
Question: What do I arrive in?
Answer: According to the Welcome Letter, UOD is NWU.
Question: Will my child be able to attend Mass or take communion?
Answer: Our Operations Officer is a Eucharistic Minister and can get blessed wafers. Catholic cadets who want to receive communion will be able to. This will be done at the base Chapel.
Question: Where can I find the Sea Bag List?
Answer: The Sea Bag List as well as the Welcome Letter can be found at two places. One is on the website, www.custercadet.com under Welcome Aboard tab. The second location is at the 2017 Fort Custer Trainings closed group Facebook page. Under the cover photo is a list of options, click on “Files”.
Question: Do cadets need to bring a lock?
Answer: No. All lockers will be unlocked and ready for inspection. All valuables & phones will be turned in during In Take and locked up until graduation.
Question: Can I pack my gear in zip lock bags?
Answer: Yes. This will speed up the In-Take process. Put all like items in one gallon sized bag. Roll the bag to eliminate all the air. With a Sharpie write the number and item on the bag. For example…8 black socks or 7 briefs.
Question: My unit does not issue CUU’s, do I still need to bring 3 brown t-shirts?
Answer: You only need to bring 3 brown t-shirts if you are bringing CUU’s.
Question: We are still using Utilities at our unit. Is it okay to bring them?
Question: The sea bag list calls for three sets of uniforms. We are only issued one or two sets. Do I need three?
Answer: We have limited access to the laundry at Fort Custer. You may not get a chance to wash your uniforms. You may bring NWU & CUU uniforms with the appropriate color t-shirt. If you still only have two we will make it work.
Question: What is the raincoat?
Answer: The Navy long raincoat or the NWU parka shell is acceptably. Don’t worry if you have not been issued one.
Question: Can I bring a Camelback style hydration system?
Question: I ordered the t-shirt & shorts from the website, but on the sea bag list it calls for three sets. What do I bring?
Answer: The t-shirt & shorts you ordered are the Fort Custer PT uniform. In addition, bring two more sets of t-shirts & shorts. The t-shirt can be from another training, your unit t-shirt, or a plain white t-shirt. Plain white crew neck is the least expensive and easiest to buy. Shorts should be navy blue gym shorts. One set is for sleeping in and the other set is extra PT gear.
Question: Where do the flashes go on the dress uniform?
Answer: Contact your unit supply officer
Question: Can I bring my ribbons and medals to NL Orientation to wear for graduation?
Question: What is the optional “Navy” sweat suit?
Answer: It can be the Navy sweat shirt with the Navy seal and sweat pants with Navy lettering down the left leg or your unit sweat shirt & sweat pants, or plain navy blue sweat shirt and sweat pants.
Question: How do I write my child’s name on black socks?
Answer: The Silver Sharpie writes well on dark colors. Write it on the sole of the sock.
Question: What time do I need to be at Fort Custer for In Take and where do I go?
Answer: The Welcome Aboard Letter has all the information regarding In Take day. Any last minute changes or updates will be posted on the FB page 2017 Fort Custer Trainings.
Question: How do I get on base?
Answer: We supply the main gate with a cadet access list. Give the guard your cadet’s name. You must have a Driver’s License, Registration and Proof of Insurance in case your car is pulled over for random search. 100% ID check is in force. Everyone in the vehicle must have ID except minors.
Question: I have a concealed weapon permit. Can I bring my weapon on base?
Question: Do I need to wait until my cadet is processed?
Answer: Yes. Be patient, bring a book, and bring your coffee. If your cadet packed his/her sea bag correctly this may not take long. If they did a poor job packing you will be sent to the store to purchase missing items. Yes, they will need more than one pair of underpants for the seven days they are with us. Common missed items are: underwear, socks, athletic shoes, shower shoes, sheets, blanket, neckerchief, and white hat (Dixie cup).
Question: Can I leave mail for my cadet during In Take?
Answer: Yes. We will have a box for mail. Be sure to include which training your cadet is attending on the envelope.
Question: My son/daughter just broke their wrist, elbow, leg, or ankle (insert any body part), can they still come to training?
Answer: The short answer is no, however, contact the COTC for guidance.
Question: My child has an inhaler but hasn’t had to use it in three years. Should they bring it?
Answer: Absolutely. Fort Custer can be very dusty, especially when they are marching. That plus the stress of being away from home can trigger an asthma attack. Trust me, it happens every year. It is better to be prepared and not need it then it have to rush your child to the ER. Cadets will be allowed to carry their inhaler.
NO asthmatic allowed in SCUBA training.
NO asthmatic allowed in SCUBA training.
Question: My child uses a nebulizer. Can they bring it?
Answer: Yes. It will be kept in Medical. The cadet will report to Medical for treatment.
Question: During stressful situations my child may wet the bed. Can they participate?
Answer: Yes. Contact the COTC for an action plan.
Question: My child is allergic to insert allergy. Can they bring an Epi-Pen?
Answer: Absolutely. Be sure to inform Medical about allergies to insects or foods that may require the use of an Epi-Pen. Cadets will be allowed to carry their Epi-Pen.
Question: Where can I send mail?
Answer: Mailing address is in the Welcome Letter. Mail is very important to the recruits attending NL Orientation. It keeps their spirits up after a long hard day of training. A happy recruit is a recruit who will learn more. Wednesday of the training week is the latest to send mail to receive before graduation.
Question: Will there be photos during the training?
Answer: A limited number of photos will be uploaded each day to 2017 Fort Custer Trainings Facebook page during the training. The base internet is very slow (turtle slow) and takes a long time to upload. All photos will be uploaded after the training.
Question: Where is graduation?
Answer: At Augusta Armory on base. Follow the Sea Cadet signs.
Question: Is there a limit to the number of guests?
Answer: Limit your guests to four (unless you have young children). Augusta Armory drill deck is the largest indoor space on the base to hold the graduation. There is limited seating and when those are filled, it is standing room only. The space is not air conditioned and gets hot. Bring a water bottle.
Question: Will my cadet be allowed to change on base after graduation.
Answer: No, they will need to change off base.