Recruit Journal Juliet 188 Week: 02

Recruit Company Juliet 188 Week: 02

Formed: May 21, 2013
Graduate: July 12, 2013


International Maritime Signal Flag

International Maritime Signal Flag

What a crazy week it has been here at Juliet 188! We have gotten through our Indoctrination Week, which was a tough, but necessary part of recruit training. You see, during Indoctrination Week, we had a variety of Company Commanders, and were identified as simply the Indoctrination Company, which often made us feel like an arbitrary bunch of recruits with no unified identity. Indoctrination Week is like being asked to run around a maze with a bag on your head, along with 45 other recruits who also have bags on their heads. We felt lost and did not have any real sense of identity.
However, after having finished Week 02, we feel have a greater sense of identity, since we now officially have the identity of JULIET-188 and were assigned a Company Commander and Lead Company Commander. And in a place like basic training, where everyone is boiled down to look and act the same, having a sense of identity makes a bit of a difference.
This weekend we met our Company Commander, Chief Machinery Technician Gallego and Operations Specialist First Class Lewis. We spent a good lot of time doing IT, or “incentive training.” We woke up to it and went to sleep with it. In an odd way, these exercises can be comforting at times, since we are so familiar with them. And as Chief Gallego said recently, “It’s even better than the P90X, right?”
Maybe. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing the two workouts compared side by side!
We also learned (and are still learning) about proper time management skills. Just about every task we are given has a time limit and if we are unable to complete it, we sadly have to sound off with ‘Mission Incomplete Chief Gallego.” Despite some time trials being tougher than others, we probably have about a 0.500 record, which wouldn’t be spectacular and unprecedented if it was a batting average but it’s not. We know that the US Coast Guard is able to accomplish its missions with better than a 0.500 average and we are endeavoring to get better.
Another highlight of this week included the issuing of our pieces, otherwise known as a deactivated M1 carbine. We are learning all the moves with it such as “present arms” and “left-shoulder arms.” Naturally, when we get out of line, our piece provides our Company Commanders with some fresh incentive training moves to make us sweat. As Chief Gallego once said to another Company Commander, “Juliet-188 stands for JACKED!” Between the incentive training, insane bike workouts and swim workouts, one can only hope that by the end of 08 weeks that we’ll all be a little tougher with a little more muscle.
At the end of the day, we all feel exhausted. Not tired, exhausted. For some of us, our mettle will be put to the test again tonight when we start standing watches here at Munro Hall. This is not a relaxing environment. It’s not meant to be. The U.S. Coast Guard is not a bunch of ripped guys and gorgeous women running along the beach saving lives. That would be Baywatch®. The U.S. Coast Guard is perhaps the most elite military service and I might even go so far as to say the least understood.
When we get out there in the field, there will not be a boring day, or even a “normal” day. We are training to join the ranks of a service whose missions are present every day and touch the lives of every single American. Whether it be maritime law enforcement, environmental protection, enforcing boat safety laws, repairing buoys and aids to navigation, maritime drug interdiction, anti-terrorist and port security and, oh yeah, ensuring that every American life that is put in peril by the sea or weather is rescued, the US Coast Guard has *ahem* a lot on its plate!
So when it comes to training, it is only natural that we are stressed as hell, but we know that there is a method to all this madness. It is so that our Company Commanders know that when we get to our stations and report to our first billet that we are physically fit, mentally sound and morally straight so that we may serve our nation well as members of the United States Coast Guard.

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 to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.

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