Zulu 188 Recruit Journal: Week 06

Formed: Oct. 8, 2013
Graduates: Nov. 26, 2013

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It’s the end of week 06 and Zulu is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. While we are still in the same strict and demanding environment, the focus of our training has shifted from shaping us up to sending us out. Every small action, whether it’s receiving our ID cards, verifying our travel arrangements, or speaking to our sponsors at our new units brings us one step closer to graduation. It’s almost surreal to think that next week is the last real week of training for Zulu. This is the time where we need to come together and keep ourselves in line. As our CC’s are very quick to let us know we are still only one mistake away from reversion no matter how far in training we are. So if we want to graduate like the senior company did yesterday we need to start acting like a senior company ourselves; if we want to see the family we were able to talk to today we better make sure we don’t let them down.

Week 06 has not been without its challenges, but we are learning to shake off the mistakes and keep pressing on. Now our eyes are set on a goal we are focused on the finish line and each day brings us closer. All I can say is that week 07 better be ready for Z-188, because we are coming through and not a single one us plans on slowing down.

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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