Juliet 190 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Juliet 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 2, 2014

Graduates: October 24, 2014

Week five has been an interesting and eventful week for Juliet 190. Some faces have left, some new faces have arrived, and in some cases new faces have arrived and left. It’s at the point in training that you have to be squared away as a recruit.

This week had its ups and downs, our company decided to be chatty caddie’s this week and we paid every time without fail. The main reason was because we got our orders. Absolutely crucial and exciting news we have been waiting on for a long time now. It’s a hot topic right now amongst Juliet Company but we have to remember to keep our military bearing at all times.

The point to getting our orders is that we finally know where we are going. Our Lead Company Commander explained that from this point forward things start happening quickly. We were all able to contact our loved ones letting them know where our first assignment would be. This was great because it is the first time many of us have called home since arriving in Cape May. You can tell our shipmates were holding back smiles when they were trying to stay quiet after their phone calls home. The next step in the orders process is to contact our units and then research them online. We are all excited about this but we still have to be in the mindset to take training day by day and meal by meal or else we will lose focus on the final goal. We are learning quickly that when you lose focus on training you may have bought yourself week here at Tracen Cape May on top of paying for it in sweat!

Juliet 190 was practically split into half with either orders to a station or a cutter. A large number of us virtually got what we wanted, some got units near their home and some got orders far away from home. One recruit received orders to a brand-new national security cutter and another received orders to a station with a brand-new 45 foot RBM (Response Boat Medium). All of this is really exciting for a recruit going through training. So week five has come to a close. It was one of our best weeks in training but we can definitely build off of it. Once the news has worn off of knowing our orders we should be in “FASTER! LOUDER!” mode way more than we have ever been before. We have more motivation now but we can’t forget our fellow shipmates. We certainly can’t forget that we need to be squared away at all times. We are Juliet Company and it is apparent that we have a lot of miles to travel to graduation. Week 06 will bring more challenges to us and we have to fight through it as a team like we know how. Stay breezy Cape May week 05 is complete Juliet 190 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.