Recruit Journal Juliet 188 Week: 07

Recruit Journal Juliet 188 Week: 07
Formed: May 21, 2013
Graduate: July 12, 2013

International Maritime Signal Flag

International Maritime Signal Flag

I am sad to say that this will be the last blog posted by Juliet-188 before we graduate. Our classes this week consisted of First Aid and CPR. We learned how to properly perform CPR on an adult, child, and infant. We also learned the proper way to treat wounds with different types of first aid materials. On Tuesday we had our Close Order Drill (COD). During this test we were tested on our marching by performing side steps, dressing to the right at close intervals, and performing open and closed ranks. We did not do as well as we thought we would; we scored a 7 out of 10. The males got their haircuts again. They all got the high-and-tight cut. When they returned to the squad bay all of them could not stop looking at themselves in the mirror. And people say girls look at themselves too much…
This week started the beginning of earning the Battalion Commander pennant. To earn this pennant we have to complete three parts. The first part was on Wednesday. What we had to do was take everything out of our rakes and put it in our sea bags, move everything we own on the quarterdeck, and move everything out of the head including the toilet paper rolls already on the dispenser. Our Battalion Commander explained what was going to happen and what we had to do. We had 49 minutes to clean our squad bays and put everything back into our racks perfectly. When I say perfectly I mean we had to put everything back according to the Coast Guard Manual and our squad bays had to be inspection ready clean, all in 49 minutes. For every minute that exceeded 49 minutes, it would be a gig and points would be deducted. It took us one hour and three minutes to complete this task. Our squad bays were clean and our racks were put back the way they were supposed to be but we did not meet the time objective. We do have the opportunity to gain some points back on Monday when we have the second part which is a bike workout. The company average has to be at least 650 calories. If our average exceeds the minimum requirement, we will earn points back. The third part is on Wednesday when we will all be verbally tested on our required knowledge. Our Battalion Commander will ask us three questions. If we get questions wrong consecutively, we will be reverted two weeks and put in Kilo Company. This week is definitely more stressful than any of us thought week 08 would be.
Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. It didn’t feel like a holiday here in boot camp. Our company commander had us split into three teams and we did a series of competitions. The first consisted of swimming 7 laps in the pool, moving one rack to the other side of the quarterdeck and making it perfectly, and running four laps around the track, two pull-ups, another four laps (one mile), and then finally two more pull-ups and we were done. The team that performed the best in each area won. It was obvious which team came in last but to quote one of my shipmates, “We are all winners.”
This week we did the confidence course again. Everyone made it through. We are now the senior company on the regiment so our flag was raised and of course we had to do Incentive Training and yell as loud as we could until it made it all the way up the flag pole. It’s hard to believe that we are the senior company. It feels like yesterday we arrived here; scared and anxious to begin the next 8 weeks that would prepare us for our futures.
On Friday we had our final exam. It was 50 questions, 30 open book and 20 closed. Every one passed! On Saturday we had off base liberty. We all marched as a company in the Armed Forced Day parade in Cape May. We were cheered and thanked for our service as we walked by the crowd. It was hot that day. We were told we were not allowed to faint during the parade so we all made sure we were hydrated. After the parade we all split up into our own groups and went our separate ways. Many of us stayed in Cape May, went to the movies, or went to Wildwood to walk on the boardwalk. It was great being able to talk to family and friends one last time before we see them at graduation Friday afternoon. Just in case you were not told by your coastie this weekend, our graduation will be taking place inside the gymnasium as opposed to having an outside ceremony. We were all slightly disappointed when we were told our graduation would be inside, but then we all realized we don’t care where our graduation is because we are finally graduating.
It is hard to summarize our experience here at boot camp in Cape May, NJ. It was definitely an experience one should go through. We could not have asked for better company commanders. From day one we all said how lucky we were to have the company commanders that were assigned to us. They both have pushed us, mentally and physically, farther than we ever could have imagined. Every IT session, all the yelling, all the performance trackers that were given, and missions served a purpose. Words cannot express how thankful we are for all the hard work our company commanders have put in to preparing us for our future in the Coast Guard and molding us into the next generation of Coast Guardsmen. We have bonded and formed friendships that we hope will last for many years to come. We will never forget all the sweat, tears, jokes, laughs, and hard work we have put in to these past 7 weeks. Some of us thought we would never get this far, but we proved ourselves and our company commanders wrong. Only four days until graduation. We are counting down by the minute.
I thought I’d end the last blog with our muster routine that we say every morning and night. Sounding off the words to Article VI is what woke us up in the morning and at night it motivated us to start another day. It is my pleasure to say that Juliet-188 is Semper Paratus.


Article VI


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.