Written by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska, Training Center Cape May.
Do you ever march around singing cadence in your head? Have you found yourself singing “left, right, left” while you jog? Here’s your chance to put your skills to the test and share your talent for cadence calling with the world. Training Center Cape May is hosting its 2nd Annual Coast Guard Cadence Contest, and the American public will get to choose the Coast Guard’s Top Cadence of 2013.
Last year’s Top 5 Cadences were videotaped being called by Recruit Company Bravo 187 and posted to Coast Guard social media sites. The videos received approximately 100,000 views, and our 2012 cadence authors were the subject of news coverage, blogs and social media chatter. The 2013 Coast Guard Cadence Contest will be no exception.
Aside from a creative outlet, the Cadence Contest helps produce new and original cadences for Coast Guardsmen and recruits to call while in training. Historically, the Coast Guard has relied on other armed services to provide cadences; however, the Cadence Contest helps develop original Jody calls that educate and motivate the future of America’s Coast Guard.
A panel of senior staff at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May will select the Top 5 Cadences of 2013 based on your submissions. The cadences will then be videotaped being called by the senior recruit company at Training Center Cape May and posted to Coast Guard and training center social media sites. The American public will be asked to decide the Coast Guard’s Top Cadence of 2013 by “liking” the cadences on Facebook and YouTube. The cadence with the most likes will be named the Coast Guard’s Top Cadence of 2013.
Please submit your cadence today! You can find rules and submission guidelines below last year’s Top Coast Guard Cadence of 2012, “High Side Right Side.”
1. The Cadence Contest is open to all Coast Guardsmen, civilian employees, cadets and recruits.
2. Cadences must be original, appropriate and not include copyrighted material.
3. Both marching and double-time cadences will be accepted.
4. Extra points will be given to cadences that incorporate Coast Guard missions, history or culture.
5. Members may submit multiple cadences.
6. Cadences are due by Aug. 21, 2013, if they are to be considered for the contest.
7. Authors of the Top 5 Cadences will be notified of their selection by Sept. 5, 2013.
1. Cadences should be submitted via email in an attached word document to TracenPublicAffairs@uscg.mil.
2. The document should include the title of the cadence, author’s name, rank, unit/division, a brief description of assigned duties, and prior recruit company, Coast Guard Academy class, or Officer Candidate School class if applicable.
3. For questions about submitting, please contact Training Center Cape May at the email provided above.