Zulu 188 Recruit Journal: Week 04

Recruit Journal Zulu 188: Week 05
Formed: Oct. 2, 2013
Graduates: Nov. 26, 2013


Week 05 had been full of ups, downs, highs, and lows for Zulu company. In a way, this week has been our confidence course. We’ve had plenty of hurdles to overcome unfortunately not all of us made it to the other side. We lost many of our own this week due to reversions and injury. In one morning alone, 07 shipmates were sent away because they were not up to the company standards.

Like an old Japanese man trimming a bonsai tree, our company commanders are pruning any imperfections among us, except there is definitely no Zen and the Japanese man is our cc’s running around with chainsaws.

What stands out more than the obstacles though are the victories we have seen. Those of us who passed the inspection, ramp rounds, and all the other rigors of training have come out stronger on the other side. We are starting to come together, both as individuals and as a team. Our futures are even starting to come into view. First thing Friday morning we marched onto the parade field and formed up in front of a ceremonial bell. Our company commanders called us up one by one and passed down to us our first set of orders. Each of us then proudly rang the bell.

The resounding sound that followed marked the start of something new and exciting for each individual of Zulu. The final challenge we faced this week was the actual confidence course itself. The course was more than just crossing obstacles from one side to the other. It was about us pushing ourselves to accomplish what looks impossible. It was about us coming together as a team, cheering on our fellow shipmates toward success. It was about the sense of accomplishment we had at the end.

That sense of accomplishment would have been enough of an award, so you can imagine our surprise when we were handed our colors at the end! You would have thought the flag belonged to Poseidon himself the way we hoisted up our newly won trophy.

There was not a soul among us who wasn’t brimming with pride. Week 05 wasn’t easy by any means, but here we are on the other side. The challenges we have faced have only made us better as a result and the course we have been through makes us confident that we can handle anything week 06 has to throw our way.

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.