CAPE MAY – Seaman Ryan Wilson graduated U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May with the newest group of Coast Guardsmen during a ceremony on base, Nov. 22, 2019.
According to a release, Wilson, soon to be stationed in Atlantic City, took a bold step to help create a better life for his family. That step was deciding to join the smallest of the five military branches, the Coast Guard.
While he was enduring the rigors of recruit basic training, his family got a little bit larger when his wife had their second child.
After graduation was over and everyone was cheering for their loved ones, Wilson was reunited with his family and his newborn son.
Every member of the Coast Guard joins the service for different reasons. Some join to serve their country, education, medical benefits, affinity to the missions the service performs, to see the world, or for some, to create a life for their family.
Recruit Company Bravo-198 completed the eight-week training course while earning multiple awards such as high mid-term scores, donating blood, physical fitness, marksmanship, and seamanship.
They also volunteered at Veterans Day parades and helped overhaul a classroom inside Munro Hall.