Juliet 190 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Juliet 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 2, 2014

Graduates: October 24, 2014


Week 06 Blog Entry                                                               11OCT14

‘Keep it locked on’ or ‘lock on’ are some phrases that are floating around our company. It’s a popular phrase in recruit training by the company commanders and also by us recruits. Keeping it locked on is how you survive boot camp and it’s how you’re successful in the United States Coast Guard. We had a busy schedule in week 06 and there were plenty of times we had to show how responsible Juliet – 190 is.

We started off the week with firefighting training. We took a day to learn how to operate the firefighting equipment then showed what we retained in a simulated fire situation the next day. It was all teamwork and we actually nailed it with proficiency. Wearing the fire suits will definitely get you as sweaty as one of our company commanders training sessions on the quarterdeck so playing fireman for a couple hours is way better than holding out a demilitarized M-16 in front of you for extended amounts of time.

Week 06 also brought the issuance of our identification cards to our company. Juliet was excited about this because it’s a stepping stone in recruit training. It signifies completing one more step on being official Coast Guardsmen. Hopefully nobody smiled in their pictures on the indentification card because Juliet needs to look tough and ‘locked on.’ Just saying.

The end of the week gave us our on – base liberty. Yeah, week 06 has already come and gone. On – base liberty time flew by as fast as the week did but that’s expected. We all couldn’t wait to have our cell phones in our hands. The liberty time went well and we all enjoyed it. Recruits finalized traveling plans and others talked to their significant other. The Harbor View was a dull roar of cell phone chattering. Pretty sure we didn’t talk to each other much and it was mostly eyes glued to cell phone time. Actually a sight to see. Football was on the television and recruits were stoked about that because it’s been 05 weeks since the last time we watched a game or just watched television in general. It was great. We knew it was a privilege to have liberty and we respected it. Some guys got caught taking ‘selfies’ with their phones in the Harbor View and we all had to do an intensive training session when we got back. Fun stuff. Got to keep that military bearing as best as you can.

In the end, week 06 is over and week 07 is here. Exciting and stressful times ahead so we need to keep it locked on at all times. We are a senior company now and we are the recruits who set the bar for junior companies to follow. Time to rock week 07. Stay breezy Cape May, Juliet 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.