Zulu 188 Recruit Journal: Week 03

Formed: Oct. 2, 2013
Graduates: Nov. 26, 2013

Progress was the theme of the week for Zulu company. Now that we’ve gotten used to our lifestyle here in Cape May we have started to build upon it. We aren’t the “new kids” at boot camp anymore and the company is finally starting to become more squared away.

International Maritime Signal Flag Zulu

International Maritime Signal Flag Zulu

Earlier this week we had a couple visits with our section commander who really helped us out with our company’s formations. Almost 95% of the time here we all transit by marching, and it was explained to us that we should take pride in our ability to move as one. It feels special for 35 people to all hit the deck one foot in front of the other at the same time, creating that little thunderous rhythm as we march along. Yeah, it can get better and we aren’t the most coordinated, but all we can do is continue improving from this pint.
Now that we have been around each other for the past couple weeks we have been able to figure out what we’re good at. I’m sure tomorrow during divine hours we’ll have people that are ironing wizards do most of the uniforms. In return, the people who can’t use an iron for their life may be professional boon docker shiners. Everyone here has their strengths and weaknesses, and we are in the process of figuring it out.

Lastly, our coast guard core values are starting to show. Honor because of the way we’ve learned how to conduct ourselves. Respect, because we have finally started to address our company commanders correctly, and devotion to duty, since we’ve finally been on time for some things.

Although we are nowhere near perfect we are given the opportunity to build upon the progress that has been accomplished so far. Zulu will never settle because we all want to keep improving. Week 03, you’ve been tough one. Week 04, bring it on!

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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