Recruit Journal Zulu 188: Week 04

Recruit Journal Zulu 188: Week 04
Formed: October 8, 2013
Graduates: November 26, 2013

International Maritime Signal Flag Zulu

International Maritime Signal Flag Zulu

Since Week 01we’ve been hearing this quote over and over.

“It’s not going to become easier, you’re just going to get used to it.”

This is finally starting to make sense to our company. This week was our time to set ourselves apart from the ALPHA and BRAVO-189 babies. Our week started off at the armory where we learned in great detail the safety and technique of how to use firearms. We all received as dose of confidence when more than half of the company shot “sharp shooter” on the simulator. Later that day we took our dress uniform photos which was a reminder that graduation is truly fast approaching and we all need to be on top of our game to earn our spot in the Coast Guard.

Probably the most feared events this week were our physical fitness test and mid-term. But since we were slow to learn our place here and got incentively trained for failing so many objectives in the early weeks, we are all in decent shape and most of us easily passed. After taking the mid-term we realized you’d have to be a fool to fail it.

By far the most exciting event of the week was filling out our assignment “dream sheets” for the geographical location and units we wish to receive after graduation. District 14 seemed to be the most sought after… Who wouldn’t want to be stationed in Hawaii?

To finish off our greatest week of recruit training we learned the art form of using a pugil stick. It was a great feeling stepping into the ring, heart beating out of your chest as your shipmates and company commanders’ egg on each battle. Win or lose it was still an awesome experience.

As our week concludes we still find ourselves making week 02 comparable mistakes. But as our pride continues to grow for the company and we learn from our downfalls and grow stronger from them.

Now it’s go time….
-Time to listen
-Time to learn
-Time to achieve

Those who endure, conquer. We are ZULU-188! Week 05, bring it.

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.