Recruit Journal Juliet 188 Week: 04

Recruit Journal Juliet 188 Week: 04

Formed: May 21, 2013

Graduate: July 12, 2013

International Maritime Signal Flag

International Maritime Signal Flag

This week of training has had its ups and downs but it was by far the best week yet. We kicked off week 04 with a day of weapon safety and simulator training in which we competed for a score based on the different shooting tests we had to complete. The highest score one could achieve was 150 and we needed to get a score of 114 to qualify. As long as everyone followed proper safety rules they passed the course even though they did not get a score of 114. Leaving the class the weather was not in our favor. The rain was pouring down and half of us forgot to bring our gortex pants and jackets. We decided we are a team so we marched back to the squad bay without them. By the time we got back we were all soaked and had to change into a dry operational dress uniform. We were all afraid we were going to have to sweat for our forgetfulness but thankfully we did not.
Later on during the week we had our professional photos taken, getting our photos taken felt like an achievement for most of us recruits. It made us realize how fast time has been flying bye and how far we have come. We have achieved more than we ever thought we would at our point in training; we are starting to come together… finally.
We now have a colors team and were taught how to properly do colors. Colors is an important responsibility because it is taken very seriously; it’s a part of our country’s history. I envy those on the colors team because they get to participate in one of the many great opportunities at boot camp; fingers crossed they don’t screw it up when it is their turn.
This week, as many friends and family members of my shipmates are counting down the days till graduation, was our midway point. We are half way done!! On Wednesday we had our physical fitness exam which consists of one minute pushups, sit-ups, and a mile and a half run. You all will be glad to know everyone passed the run! We gave our company commander something to check off his list since we are his first company where all recruits have passed the run. It was a great accomplishment for Juliet-188 and it got us pumped! On Friday we took our midterm exam. It was open book and only 50 questions. Everyone passed! Yay!
Those of us who are active duty filled out their dream sheets this week. They are all nervous but also excited to find out where they will be stationed.
We also had our Squad Bay Inspection. Since there was soap and baby powder all over the heads, we assumed our squad bays did not meet our section commander’s expectations. We learned our lesson and are tired of continually cleaning after it looks like a hurricane went through the squad bay; we are going to pass inspection next time! After inspection, we experienced an intense cybex workout with our Section Commander which consisted of burning 500 calories on the stationary bikes at the gym. After a five minute warm-up we had to peddle on level 20 for one minute then go back down to level 8 for one minute and keep alternating every minute until we reached 500 calories. Our physical fitness gear was wet from head to toe. There were puddles of sweat on the ground that we had to mop afterwards, and I am not exaggerating. To our surprise, we had to do the bike workout again in the morning but had to burn 550 calories. We were told by the time we graduate we have to burn 900 calories, not looking forward to that day.
Other events that happened this week was we unfortunately lost 04 shipmates to RAMP. They did not pass so they were reverted to Kilo Company who is two weeks behind us. It was shocking news especially because we thought our shipmates would not have a problem and return back to us. Although we have lost some shipmates we keep on gaining more from other companies. Our new shipmates seem to be adapting well to how our CC’s run things around here and get along with everyone. Males got their hair cut again, they all look the same. The highlight of the week was when we got to fight one another with pugil sticks. It was great for us to get some anger out and cheer on and support our shipmates. Everyone was paired with the same sex and size/weight so no one would have an advantage over their opponent. There are only 03 females who qualified to participate so one of my shipmates volunteered to go twice. Jokingly my lead company commander asked me (I’m a female) if I would want to fight one of my male shipmates who was equal to size and strength. I’m always up for a challenge so I said yes. With the support from all of my shipmates and company commanders cheering me on and saying words of encouragement, I beat my shipmate. Winning against a male was by far the highlight of boot camp so far. It was great seeing our Company Commanders smile and laugh because we had never seen them do that before. It was a great way to start the day and end the week. Another week is over and another is about to begin. Bring it on!
WE ARE JULIET 188!

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.

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