Recruit Journal Juliet 188 Week: 03

Recruit Company Juliet-188 Week 03

Formed: May 21, 2013

Graduate: July 12, 2013

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Week 03 has been an eventful one for Juliet-188! We have lost shipmates, gained shipmates, made mistakes, paid in sweat, and have begun working as one company. In the beginning of the week, we had the opportunity to try on survival suites and learn basic survival floats. We have spent a significant portion of our time in class, including classes on the Montgomery GI Bill, Coast Guard benefits, and some history on the Coast Guard. In the back of every class, you will find anywhere between two and twelve shipmates standing at the position of attention so as not to fall asleep.

Sleep can be hard to come by because the Company has started standing watch at night and many more shipmates have come down with the dreaded ‘Cape May Crud.’ This proved to be a particularly challenging week for a few of our shipmates that were assigned to the Recruit Aptitude Motivation Program (otherwise referred to as RAMP). They were pushed physically and mentally, but they returned more motivated than ever to graduate with Juliet-188.

The most exciting class we had this week was Seamanship. We learned about the different assets of the Coast Guard, the many parts of a cutter, and operated a Helm Simulator. The Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard flew in from D.C. and very briefly visited our Seamanship class to observe the Helmsman simulation program. At the end of the week, we met our company mentor. We spent much-appreciated time with our Mentors and Company Commanders and asked many questions about life as a Coast Guardsman. We were all very impressed with our mentor and appreciate him volunteering his time to mentor us.

On D-Day, all the Companies on the Regiment packed into the Ida Lewis Auditorium and heard the story of a D-Day veteran’s experience sailing through the Guadalcanal as an 18-year old Navy sailor with a Coast Guard Flotilla on that fateful day.

Our Company Commander and Lead Company Commander relate everything we are doing to the Coast Guard and its functions. Sometimes that lesson comes in the form of a ‘hurricane’ and other times it means keeping our eyes in the boat or slashing our zeros.

No lesson or detail can go unnoticed here in the Coast Guard. As those appointed over us, our mentor, and guest speaker have said, these are things that could one day save a life.

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.