Juliet 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Juliet 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 7, 2017

Graduates: December 28, 2017

 

JULIET-195  Week 05 Blog

The week flew by as quickly as the sweat dripping down our faces. It was search and rescue week, where we woke up at 0530 and had to be at morning chow by 0545 in full operational dress uniform and boondockers after a speedy muster. Most of the week we waited for our “random” rack inspection by our Section Commander, many other Section Commanders, and Chiefs. They screamed in our faces, incentively trained us with our pieces, and pointed out violations of regulations. We were sweating with nerves, worrying if we would be asked required knowledge. After our rack inspections, we had to pack everything into our seabags and do remedial training for embarrassing the company.

We spent this week learning radio procedures, history of the U. S. Coast Guard, and a small bit on travel to our first duty stations. We got our orders on Friday, which kept many shipmates motivated. The majority of Juliet-195 ended up with orders to the Pacific Area. Although some were disappointed in their orders, they understand they are here to save lives.

The days felt never ending all week, as we would sweat until we met the standards given to us, like time objectives or keeping military bearing while in class. The eyes of everyone were like lead bags, barely being able to open even after a cup of galley coffee. We managed to earn our mid-term pennant for earning a certain average score for the mid-term exam. We were also fitted into our dress uniforms this week, feeling confident and proud to wear the “Bravos” in front of each other as we wait for the day to show our loved ones on graduation.

In addition to the dress uniforms and orders this week, we also got our company colors. The morning we earned our colors, all of our Company Commanders marched us down to the beach with our pieces in a speedy marching pace. As snow flew into our eyes, we had no clue as to where we were going or what we were going to do. Our Lead Company Commander gave us a speech giving us all a boost in motivation, and then incentively trained us with our pieces on a snow-covered beach. As we did our squats, we saw to our port side our company colors blowing in the wind. As soon as our Lead Company Commander told us to go grab our colors, we sprinted as fast as we could, chanting “Juliet” along the way. Some shipmates cried tears of joy at our most memorable moment. We have to be on our toes at all times, as we can lose them at any moment and earning them back will be even harder than before. As the thought of every sweat session washed away with our pride of receiving our colors and the ending of one of the hardest weeks, we are getting closer to graduation and heading off to our duty stations.

 

Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.