Commandant (DCMS-DPR-5)
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Stop 7907
Washington, D.C. 20593-7907

Command Assignment Preparatory Training (CAP-T) (502809)

About the Course

The purpose of the course is to provide current/prospective Commanding Officers (CO) and Officers-in-Charge (OIC) with leadership tools to carry out their role as a unit leader within the organization.  This course will prepare CO and OIC personnel to safely and effectively conduct operations at their assigned units by fostering a positive workforce environment. The course will focus on three themes related to proficiency in leadership: Command & Leadership, Command Climate, and Mission Support.


In the paygrade of E-6 and above assigned, or in receipt of, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders as a CO or OIC to any ashore unit with the exception of boat forces units. This course is one of many approved command leadership courses.  Priority is given to those personnel who are not eligible to attend a job-specific command preparatory course.

Application Procedures

Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access.

Class Convening Dates

CAP-T is a completely virtual course via online sessions and self-study blocks. Students will utilize the CAP-T homepage on MILSUITE where they can access course content (slides, documents, references etc.) and participate in discussion boards/dialogs regarding the units of instruction. Given geographic diversity of students, the virtual/online sessions will take place between 1130-1300 and 1330-1500 (Eastern) each day. The scheduling and delivery specifics will be provided to students before the course convenes.


School Chief - CDR Chris Pasciuto, (860) 701-6675,
Assistant School Chief - LT Jeremy Somplasky, (860)444-8222, Instructors - BOSN4 Ian Christian, (860) 444-6872,; BMCM Matt Avery, (860) 701-6476,

Program Manager

LCDR Merrill Gutowski, email