Mike 189 Recruit Journal Week: 05

Mike 189 Recruit Journal Week: 05
Formed: Feb. 25, 2014
Graduates: April 18, 2014

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Every week our company has a new schedule to adjust to. This week, our speed was truly put to the test when we were given a morning chow time of 0545. We woke up each morning at 0530 as normal, except we were given only 10 minutes to make our racks, be in proper uniform, and be lined up outside ready to march off to eat. It was difficult, and the first morning only 16 people made it on time!

However, the rest of the week we improved and made the time objective as a whole. This week has brought many other changes as well. We got fitted for our dress uniforms, and everyone got to see what we would be wearing for graduation. This renewed everyone’s excitement and motivation for making it through the remaining weeks to come.

Friday was the most challenging yet rewarding day of the week. We were told to anticipate an inspection of our racks and squad bays as there would be some senior personnel coming by to check everything out before we were allowed to move from James Hall to Healy Hall. No one expected that in the morning, about 15 staff members would show up and conduct a thorough search of our belongings in the manner that they did.

They tore through the place, checking each area to ensure everything met their strict standards. Needless to say there was also a lot of screaming going on. Some people were relieved to pass this inspection, but a few others were not so fortunate. Sadly, our company lost 07 people as a result. Immediately following inspection, the remaining recruits were given a short time to pack all of our things into our sea bags and move it to our new home across the parade field.

Healy Hall is a building reserved for senior companies on the regiment, and was a mile stone for the company as it meant we were progressing into the latter weeks of our training. After unpacking and cleaning our new living quarters, we were told to line up outside and prepare to continue on with the schedule of the day. However, these plans changed when we ended up marching off base to a memorial dedicated to fisherman lost at sea.

That was when our mentors Admiral Thomas and Master Chief Pearson appeared out of nowhere. Originally we were told we would not be informed of where we would be heading until the end of the weekend, and were very surprised when they pulled out a list of where everyone would be stationed once they left boot camp.

This was the moment that most people had been waiting for since signing up with the Coast Guard, and everyone was trying to maintain their military bearing and not show their excitement. The orders were read off, and we were allowed to clap twice for each person after their name and assignments were called. It was a moment of realization for everyone when we found out our shipmates would be getting stationed all over the United States, from Alaska, to Hawaii, to Puerto Rico. It finalized in our minds what we have accomplished already and what we still need to do to prepare for the final chapter in our time here at TRACEN Cape May.

The final thing in week 05 that has made us feel even closer to April 18 is the designing of our company t-shirts, which we will be receiving during our graduation week. We have passed the halfway point here, but the big leagues have just begun. Wish us luck!

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.