Mike 189 Recruit Journal Week:03

Mike 189 Recruit Journal Week:03
Formed: Feb. 25, 2014
Graduates: April 18, 2014

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In week Ø3 MIKE -189 started to see a shift in our day-to-day schedule. Each day there seems to be less physical demands and more mental ones. Most mornings still start out with a whistle and the screaming of “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!”, followed by some incentive training, however shortly after we are finding ourselves spending more time in the classroom. We had some classes on family benefits, leave and liberty, the G.I (government issued) bill, and are learning more about the perks that come with becoming Coast Guard men and women.
We also started our Seamanship classes, where we are learning many skills that will help us in our careers, such as knot tying, ship steering using a helm simulator and standing watch. We are also learning a lot of nautical terminology. We received a deactivated M-16, and have been practicing our manual of arms, demonstrating different synchronized movements and studying the nomenclature of the piece (practice M-16).

We have also been studying all previous material learned, and have until Monday of week Ø4 to prove we know the information necessary to move forward. Probation has started and people who do not know what is required may be held back. Discipline measures have also changed, and many are finding themselves in RAMP (Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program), which is an extremely intense workout! On Sundays we have divine hours and it has been a great source of stress relief. Many look forward to this day all week. Some attend worship services, and recruits have some free time to square away their racks and uniforms. These are also the days that we get to write letters to our friends and family. After Sunday, week Ø4 will begin, and hopefully our company will only continue to get stronger!
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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