Mike 190 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Mike 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 23, 2014

Graduates: November 14, 2014



Week three was a very fast paced experience. The Company Commanders threw off the training wheels, took away the individual physical training and put us to work. As we transited from classroom to intense training to chow the time flew by, but the Company Commanders never failed to make sure we got our sweat in. Every night before shower time the Company Commanders made sure to “pre-soak” the company then let us wash off. Classes were interesting and fast paced. We have got much better at keeping our eyes open. Seamanship was interesting and a hands on class. We covered the basics of working in a marine environment. Many of these skills included ship terminology, knot tying, keeping watch. We were even given the opportunity to try our newly acquired Coxswain skills on an electronic simulator. In one of our classes, that is designed to instill the Coast Guards Core Values and Ethos, we learned about many of the true legends of the services past. While not well known outside of the Coast Guard, Douglas Munro and Joshua James are heroes to many in the Coast Guard and they are known for their extraordinary feats. It is difficult not to admire these American heroes, they are role models to base our own personal characters on. We are proud to be able to carry on the Coast Guard tradition. We can only hope to embody an ounce of the wisdom, strength and perseverance of men like Alex Haley. Back to the pool; we were given an introduction to the operation and use of the mustang, one the Coast Guard’s survival suits. We were a little nervous standing next to the edge of the water with that bulky suit on. We were all a bit surprised how well they actually float! While it was a short class, it was the highlight of the week. MIKE company also got to participate in its first graduation parade. Looking at week 08 recruits in their impeccable uniforms, listening to the motivating speeches from our Command and seeing the pure joy of the family and friends, we were reminded of what the future holds for MIKE company. While graduation may seem like an eternity away, when we take a step back and look, we have already pushed through past week three. The day approaches and MIKE-190 endures.

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.