NEW LONDON, Conn. - During the cadets' first year at the Academy, they will experience a drastic transition from a civilian to a military way of life. Some cadets adjust well, while others have a more difficult time. The Sponsor Program provides cadets with families who can help provide some relief, advice, and guidance. It is also an important means of support, friendship, and learning beyond the Academy environment, and helps to make the cadets' integration into the military community easier and more effective.

To be eligible for the Sponsor Family Program, applicants, both military and civilian, must live within 30 miles of the Coast Guard Academy (exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis).

Active duty military applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

· E6/Petty Officer First Class that are 28 years of age and above with supervisor endorsement

· E7/Chief Petty Officer

· O1/Ensign and O2/Lieutenant Junior Grade that are 28 years of age and above

· O3/Lieutenant and above

All potential sponsors will be required to undergo a background security check and will provide two references with their application.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor family or have any questions about the program, go online to our website at: You can also fill out the online application form found at:

If you have additional questions, contact the Sponsor Program office at (860) 701-6119 or e-mail

Connecticut Media Group