Mike Company 189: Week 07 Journal

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Graduation Program:

Throughout our entire training period, most mornings have started with a whistle or the yelling of “Fire, Fire, Fire!” On the few occasions where this did not happen, our company commanders were still always present to supervise our morning routines. Week 07 was different, in that we were treated as more responsible recruits preparing to enter the fleet. We were trusted with the task of waking ourselves up each day and getting over to the gym for a morning workout without our every move being monitored. In fact, when we woke up, our CCs had not even arrived yet! Another exciting moment of week 07 that made us feel like the senior company on the regiment was earning the privilege of eating a dessert with each meal. Up until this point, we were only allowed to look but never touch. Tuesday was a busy day. We had our final in our Seamanship class (which everyone passed!) We also completed our Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms test. The test was administered by our section commander, who told us that one of our movements, inspection arms, was the best he had ever seen with the M-16 pieces. We earned a ten, resulting in a new purple pennant to add to our colors! Although it only consisted of reviewing information and signing our names, Thursday was exciting because we got to officially sign our orders! Since then, it really seems as though things have started to take a new turn in training. Our company commanders allowed us to sit down and have a real conversation with them, where we were allowed to ask questions and talk about the different things that had happened throughout training. It was a really memorable moment for everyone we got to see a different side to the people who have spent the last 06 weeks yelling at us. Friday we had another final exam, this time encompassing not only what was learned in Seamanship but also included everything we have learned since day 01 at TRACEN Cape May. Afterwards, we had a group come by from a Coast Guard cutter that is here in Cape May. We got to talk to them freely and ask any question we had about the fleet and getting started. They answered many if not all of our questions and shortly after joined us in visiting the confidence course. It was a fun end to our day filled with jokes and good laughs. Saturday was the day that we all have been waiting for since our arrival. Our off base liberty started at 0930 when we were released as a company to go wherever we wished. Most of us spent our time going to different restaurants and eating different foods, watching a movie at the local theater, talking to our loved ones on the phone, and walking around the boardwalk. It was overall a well spent break from training and helped us to mentally prepare for the many hardships coming up during our final week.

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.