Recruit Journal Juliet 188 Week: 06
Formed: May 21, 2013
Graduate: July 12, 2013

International Maritime Signal Flag

International Maritime Signal Flag

The beginning of this week was by far the best start of a new week yet. Sunday night after our run off base, we were pushed to our limits and challenged with an intense IT (incentive training) session. We had to work as a team in order to complete the task. Once we completed the IT session successfully, we received our colors! This means that instead of marching with a “J” on our flag, we march with our company flag which has blue and white stripes. It was a great motivator and represented all the hard work and sweat we all have put out over these past few weeks. Earning our colors felt like one of the greatest accomplishments we could earn as a company. Our spirits are high and we are more motivated than ever before. We are going to have to work that much harder to keep our colors because they can be taken away. We are going to prove to the battalion and remind our company commanders why we earned our colors and that we are keeping them!
To add to more positive news, we also had our Manual of Arms (MOA) test which consisted of marching, pivoting to our left and right, about facing, and piece nomenclature. We were scored on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being “perfect” and 1 being you don’t have a clue what you are doing. I am proud to say we scored a 10! All those hours of practicing paid off!
Other events that took place during the week were pugil sticks round two, military ID cards, travel arrangements, sponsors, fire classes, and on base liberty. Pugil sticks wasn’t as much fun as it was the first time, no males were defeated by the females. We all got our military ID’s and of course the majority of us dislike how our picture turned out. Many of us are busy with making travel arrangements home and to units and anxiously waiting to receive a sponsor letter from their unit so they can finally find out more details about reporting. All classes this week consisted of firefighting. We learned the four different classes of fire, their smoke color and extinguishing options, and the fire tetrahedron. The training for these classes involved properly putting out a fire by using the different types of fire extinguishers and putting on all the gear/equipment a fire fighter wears and then put out a fire. Unfortunately it was not a real fire; it was a simulation.
To end the week we had on base liberty on Saturday. It was from 1500 to 2100. We were all very anxious to get our cell phones back and call our loved ones. We marched as a company to the USCG Exchange, a small department store, to get money from the ATM to purchase anything we have run low on. The majority of us bought ice cream and candy bars since we have been deprived from eating sweets since the day we arrived. For those of us with sweet tooths, and having experienced weeks without eating chocolate or sugar, eating sweets has become a small luxury. There weren’t many designated places we were allowed to go. We spent the majority of our time at the Harbor View Club which is located right on the harbor. There was food, video games, and music. It was a great place to relax and call family and friends. We are all looking forward to off base liberty next Saturday. Only two more weeks till we graduate!
We are highly motivated, truly dedicated, Coast Guard recruits! 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.