Zulu 189 Recruit Journal Week 03


Zulu 189 Recruit Journal Week 03

Formed: June 17, 2014

Graduates: August 08, 2014


Zulu-189 blog week 03


Today marks the beginning of week 03. It’s no joke when they say the days are long but the weeks are short. Tomorrow a new group of recruits will join us here so we are slowly working our way out of the spot light. Now we are held to a higher standard. We should know how to dress, walk, and talk in a military manner. If we can’t things go downhill fast. The last thing anyone wants is a reversion to Alpha Company but it could happen. We have been given a new responsibility of the nights watch, which is good training but, at the same time it sucks because it cuts into our sleep. All any of us want is to go to bed one night and wake up to graduation day.



A new month has begun today. If you ask me it is an exciting time to be a Coast Guardsman, even a recruit here in Cape May. There will be a big parade on Independence Day that hopefully we will be part of. We are all trying our best with our marching and Manual of Arms drill. I don’t even know what it is called but, I love learning it. Some of us are catching on to it and some are taking a bit longer but, we will ALL be there and move as one not just 90 individuals. Today we also started learning the history of the United States Coast Guard, from life-savers who braved dangerous conditions on a constant basis, to a recruit during hurricane Katrina! Did you know the Coast Guard is only about 30,000 people? Not bad for some puddle pirates.



Today we woke again to shrill whistles and the screaming of FIRE, FIRE, FIRE! At this point in our training we are all frustrated that we do not move faster, act quicker, or scream louder. This may be a good thing though as we are all attempting to help each other out and work together to achieve our goals. We ate chow, grabbed our work out gear and headed to the gym for a vicious workout which involved 04 sets of exercises, each geared toward a different part of the body, showered and changed then headed to class. We spent the majority of the day learning about family benefits, advancement, and leave and liberty with time only for a chow break and a marching lesson from petty officer Martin. After class we ate chow and returned to the barracks. We were taught how to put our racks together by running through the squad bay taking one item at a time and placing it in our rack. We saw the chaplain after this which is always a relief. We learned of current events and used the time to talk to him about how to better ourselves as a team. This was a short lived respite as we were criticized by our Company Commanders for taking too long, not being loud enough, and not having our things in order. So there was an hour or so of incentive training before showers and the rack. Zulu’s morale is bit low at this point and many believe we are not on the same page. Tempers run high as we prepare for what tomorrow brings.



Training is getting harder. Not just physically but mentally as well. We have to memorize collar devices and sleeve insignias and we need to be able to recite them on a moment’s notice and trust me, you do not want to get them wrong. Members of our company are being sent to RAMP which is supposed to motivate you but, when you are there you just get torn down. Our company is still struggling with the same things such as, sounding off and cleaning up after ourselves. Fortunately we all seem to be enjoying the classes, even if the information takes a while to sink in., it reminds us why we are here. We started Seamanship today and I think it was the first class people didn’t fall asleep in. We are so exhausted. It is crazy to think that a few short weeks ago we were going to bed around 4AM on the weekends with our friends and now we are waking up T 4AM to stand the nights watch. This lifestyle is definitely not for everyone, but Zulu can do it. We just have to keep pushing. Maybe one afternoon we will come back from chow and our shoes won’t be tied in a massive ball on the quarter deck.



MOVE FASTER! I am getting used to it.



There is still a real world out there. We saw a glimpse of it tonight before we practiced Manual of Arms for a regimental parade. We heard the fireworks in the distance but, everyone was too afraid to look. We have to be statues. A few moments later our Company Commander, Chief Hollenbeck, came outside and half-left faced us towards them. “Happy Fourth of July” he muttered and a fellow shipmate whispered “He does have a heart!” Preparing for the parade was exactly what Zulu needed to grasp the concept that we need to stay still and really need to concentrate and work as a team in order to look good. Tomorrow will be the true test. I think we are ready!



Week 03 has come to a screeching halt for all of us. It is hard to believe that we are going into the halfway week. Everybody will be expecting more from us, including myself. Today in the sunset parade we got to carry our company colors. It has been by far the best moment here. The parade was a success. I am not going to say we were all flawless in our execution but, we all feel pretty confident in our performance. Standing in front of that crowd gave me the chills, knowing that all of those people came to see us! It was an amazing feeling! Let’s go week 04, Zulu is ready for you!

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.