Juliet 190 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Juliet 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 2, 2014

Graduates: October24, 2014


JULIET-190 Week 02

We too could be better described as breaking to build. That is the only way to get 90 people from all over different backgrounds to come together as one. With this diversity come many diverse arrays of bad habits that need to be broken. Some are selfish some are quiet while others are laissez-faire, on the top of all that everyone is tired and slightly on edge. The age gap in Juliet-190 only adds to the tension and stress. While the 18-year-olds sometimes lack some maturity the older shipmates sometimes lack understanding. Regardless of what the situation is, a team must be formed and Week 02 started to build the foundation by violently destroying any bad habits.

There were some positives as we were first exposed to more technical marching and learned the basics of manual of arms. These evolutions help build Juliet-190’s unison. It’s not a lot but it’s a start!

The highlight of the week was when the company worked out with simple little items such as ink stick (pens) canteens, learning to make our racks and a little thin piece of paper out in front of us as we read the definition of discipline over, over and over again. Our company commanders make sure to teach us these little workouts and didn’t stand for any sandbagging (not putting in 100% effort). Simple items when lifted in a Training Center Cape May way can bring discipline and a lake of sweat to the squad bay. If all else fails try right face a couple hundred times while you’re yelling the Coast Guard Core values… HONOR, RESPEC, DEVOTION TO DUTY! Those words along with the strenuous task at hand, really hammered home what Juliet-190 needs to think about.

As Week 02 wraps up Juliet-190 had a few flashes of potential. If this company were a sports team we would be the Houston Astros or the Chicago Cubs. We may be at the bottom now but we have the pieces to make this work… EVENTUALLY! Till then it’s still tough sledding, Juliet-190 still in its infancy.

Week 03 is almost here and it’s exciting to be that much closer to graduation and to watch this company grow in every way imaginable. 02 weeks of training has already transformed us from, in 06 more weeks there should be night and day difference. Juliet-190 rise up to the challenge and as long as it stays cool and breezy in Cape May then we should have no problem.

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.