Parent and Academy Resources

This page contains a number of parent resources that may be useful during your cadet's time at the Academy.

Cadet Handbook & Parent Handbook - Created by the Academy for the Class of 2019

2011 Commandant's R-Day Briefing - This is a copy of part of the Commandant's Briefing handout from 2011 - very good information!

The Roller Coaster - The 'Roller Coaster' ride of Academy life from the perspective of parents and family

Diary of a Swab's Mom - Here is one mom's diary of R-Day and what followed - 2015

Name Tags - This link will take you to a link for on-line name tag ordering and contact information.

Acronyms, Jargon, and Terms - What do they all mean? This page will help you figure that out.

Cadet Insignia and Shoulder Boards - This is a link to a graphic that illustrates all of the CGA Cadet Insignia and Shoulder Boards

Virtual CGA Campus Tour - Can't get here in person? Check out the Academy virtually here.

Adjusting to Parenting a Cadet - Comments and suggestions from an experienced CGA parent

A Cadet Talks About Quitting - Comments and suggestions from an experienced CGA parent

You know you're a swab parent when... - Some comic relief for those parents going through their cadet's Swab year

CGA Hotel Discounts - Visiting your cadet? These local hotels offer a discount to Coast Guard friends and family.

US Coast Guard Academy Girlfriends and Boyfriends - This is a support group for CGA Cadet's Boyfriends and Girlfriends on Facebook. It is a closed group and you must ask permission to join

Generic Parents Weekend Schedule - Use this generic Parents Weekend Schedule to make plans.