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Press Release | Sept. 13, 2023

Media Advisory: Coast Guard to naturalize two graduates upon completion of Basic Training


Editor’s Note: Media planning to attend should RSVP no later than 3 p.m. Thursday by contacting the Public Affairs Office at (609) 898-6362.

WHAT: Coast Guard will naturalize two graduates during their boot camp graduation ceremony.

WHO: Training Center Cape May Staff and Recruit Company Foxtrot-204.

WHEN: Friday at 11 a.m.

WHERE: U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Center Cape May 1 Munro Ave

Cape May, NJ 08204


CAPE MAY, N.J. – Two graduates from boot camp recruit company Foxtrot-204 will become naturalized citizens after completing Coast Guard Basic Training, a first in the Coast Guard's history.

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Warren D. Judge, Commanding Officer, Training Center Cape May, and Keith Dorr, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Sector Field Office Mt. Laurel, will be presiding over the event.

The event will be attended by the graduating recruits, their families, and permanent party staff.

In partnership with USCIS, the U.S. Coast Guard allows eligible residents to obtain their citizenship by successfully completing basic training via the Coast Guard Expedited Citizenship program. During the eight weeks of basic training, recruits meet with the Staff Judge Advocate, complete all required forms, screenings and interviews, and need to satisfactorily pass the citizenship test. Along with their graduation certificate, they will also receive their naturalization certificate.