Juliet 190 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag

Juliet 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 2, 2014

Graduates: October 24, 2014
Week 04 Blog


“FASTER…LOUDER, FASTER…LOUDER, FASTER…LOUDER!” These are the exact words we have been hearing every single day for the past 04 weeks here in beautiful Cape May, NJ. It’s starting to sink in for Juliet-190. We are bouncing around with pep in our step and our chins held high. The words “FASTER…LOUDER!” really have got us going as a team but, this week’s evolutions took our company to another level.


Week 04 was already marked on every recruit’s calendar before they entered recruit training. The reason being is that it included the special “dream” sheet. The “dream” sheet is a list of districts you can choose as your first unit. Unfortunately you are not guaranteed where you go because in the end your unit is based on the needs of the service, but it shouldn’t matter anyway because we are all here to serve our country. Some recruits based their picks on what they want to do and some went for units that are close to home. The excitement was inevitable because it was the first time at boot camp we could freely think about our future and know that this experience is absolutely worth it.


Juliet had a huge breakthrough in teambuilding during week 04 when we experienced our first company runaround TRACEN Cape May. Our lead Company Commander paved the way for us on the twists and turns and got us all in cadence. The best part about it was the determination from our company to stay in step and look good. To a large portion of people 2 ½ miles is tough to run but when you have a group of people with common goals striving for the same thing, it is actually enjoyable.


Another checkpoint for Juliet was our mid-term. We all knew about it before beginning our adventure here in Cape May. There was uneasiness before taking it but our lead Company Commander told us not to over think it and we as a company did really well. Taking the mid-term brought excitement as well because it marked the half way point of training for Juliet. It is absolutely insane that it’s been 04 weeks already!


So now we head into another big week of training. We get our unit orders and our inspections start. It’s a bunch of stress to deal with but Juliet-190 can do it. Our team is finally coming around. Now isn’t the time for complacency. Stay breezy, Cape May! Juliet company, 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.