Mike 189 Recruit Journal Week: 04

Mike 189 Recruit Journal Week: 04
Formed: Feb. 25, 2014
Graduates: April 18, 2014

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Just like every other week that we’ve been here was filled by our company’s flaws and punishments. There’s never a day that we do not mess up in some way, and even though we are constantly reminded on the right way to do things, Mike 189 always finds a way to screw everything up. Lately our company commanders have been a lot stricter on the cleanliness of our squad bays. One day while we were out doing our daily schedule, our section commander visited our living quarters and found some discrepancies that weren’t to his liking. As a result our company commanders came up with a plan to put us in our place and teach us a lesson. We got back home before lunch and were told to gather in main Muster squad bay as normal. Going up the ladder well, we thought everything was quite dandy, but once we got to main muster we quickly found out that everything was not fine at all. M 189 filed into the squad bay to be greeted by absolutely nothing. The thought going through everyone’s head was “How the heck does fifteen racks that weigh nearly 1000 lbs just up and disappear?” Everything was gone! Eventually one our company commander walked in and instructed us that we only had 01 hour to get everything sorted out. We had no idea what he meant because nothing was there to be sorted out! Eventually we were dismissed to begin cleaning our squad bays. Half of the males stayed in main muster (the room they sleep in), the other half went to secondary squad bay (their sleep quarters) and the females went to theirs. When the males got to secondary squad bay, they were greeted by a white bed sheet that had the words “I WARNED YOU” written on it with spray starch. After pulling the sheets down we quickly realized where everyone’s racks were put. All 40+racks were mixed up in that one compartment. At first we thought it would be easy to identify whose rack was who’s, and where it belonged, but our company commanders were tricky and took everyone’s rack card off, ripped them up and threw them on the ground. Amongst the chaos was flipped mattresses, trash everywhere, and mirrors cake by some mud like substance. In the center of it all was every single one our running shoes carefully tied up into one giant ball of disaster. We were all so shocked that we had to stare and take it all in for a few seconds.

At one point we all snapped back into reality and got to work the first thing we decided we had to do was figure out who’s rack was who’s . We did this using many methods, methods such as spreading out trying to use our combination to open every single rack, looking for little identification marks that we remembered about our racks, and even looking through the crack of the locked racks to see whose name was on the operational dress uniforms inside. After we got the racks sorted out and into the proper squad bay, things stared to take shape again fairly quickly. The hardest part was sorting out the shoe situation. Have you ever had to untie 85 pairs of identical go-fasters (running shoes)?… Not fun. At this point we’re all pretty sure that we’re not wearing the same pair of go –fasters we were given in the beginning of training, but it doesn’t matter because all of our feet smell the same. The only thing that matters here is moving fast, sounding off, paying attention to detail, and contributing to our company in every way possible and Mike 189 is gradually getting to that point as company.

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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