Juliet 190 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Juliet 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 2, 2014

Graduates: October 24, 2014


Juliet-190 Week 03 BLOG

 Another week down for Juliet-190 and all those who said “Boot Camp gets easier as the week’s progress” is a liar. All the Company Commanders are just as hard on us now as they were at 1500 on Friday, 05Sep14, when they first picked us up at Sexton Hall. If anything, it much tougher now that classes are ramping up here is an added mental strain on the company to compliment the physical one. Some days we are in class from 0800 to 1700 and it seems like we are fed information through a firehose. Oh, and may God help you if you are caught sleeping in class. A warm classroom, lack of sleep, long days and especially after chow, it is a terrible combination for trying to stay awake for two hour lecture. Some of us learn that lesson the hard way this week and the punishment was quick and harsh, one night at RAMP (RECRUIT APTITUDE & MOTIVATION PROGRAM) two hours of relentless punishment. The 20 seconds of sleep you get in class is not worth the pain and agony.

One aspect I think recruits don’t get is the fact that this isn’t vacation. Majority of us are working together and trying to perform our duties but some are being selfish. Whoever thinks they can become a Coastie by doing things all on your own better reconsider your career path. Juliet-190 is slowly learning the Coast Guard ways/life but there are still missing links to our chain. This whole training center is dedicated to making each and every recruit get completely out of their comfort zone so that companies can build up together from the ground up. Some recruits come into Coast Guard basic training thinking it’s going to be a cake walk when it’s completely not! Future recruits reading this, commit yourself to a higher standard. There’s a reason United States Coast Guard is as legit as everyone makes it out to be and that’s because of the training here at Cape May!

Juliet-190 has a way to go to finish this journey. Getting closer yes but we have more responsibilities handed to us daily. We can rise above are chaos and from the best company ever to take stride at Cape May. On that note, stay breezy Cape May and Juliet -190 is out.
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.