Juliet 190 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Juliet 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 2, 2014

Graduates: October 24, 2014



Week 07 Blog Entry                                                                                   18OCT14

The blue and white Juliet flag is rigged up for everyone to see here at Training Center Cape May. It is proof that we have reached the milestone of being the most senior company here at camp. The weeks have flown by and it’s amazing to think we arrived here 07 weeks ago. We have grown tremendously close as a company, especially this last week, and we are proud to be in Juliet – 190 under our company commanders.

The week started off with a loud bang with an intense evening of earning our colors. It’s something our company has desperately wanted to receive and it certainly fills you up with pride marching around with it waving in the wind. The night was a special moment for us and the sense of accomplishment was within all the Juliet recruits. We will never forget that night. Particularly the events leading up to it that was leaving all of us in a state of confusion as we smartly marched around the regiment with our sea bags packed full, knowing nothing of where we were headed.

Colors were earned so next was getting squared away with our units and making sure administration details are getting taken care of. It was a busy week. This time is crucial so we are all ready to transition to our first units as smooth as possible.

Close order drill, manual of arms, seamanship and our final exam consumed the rest of the week. We did well in everything but only received the seamanship award pennant to rig up to our colors. That gives us two for the total but we need to keep pushing because there are more to possibly earn in week 08. Having your colors loaded down with pennants is a confidence booster so the more the merrier.

The biggest event of week 07 came right at the end, our off-base liberty and Juliet looked darn good for it too. We were dressed to the tee in our tropical dress uniforms plus our garrison covers and we enjoyed the respectful responses we got from the public. We all hate our shirt stays but sometimes there is a price to pay to look good. Most of us enjoyed the Rio Grande area up the road, some stayed here in Cape May. The time flew by just like our on-base liberty but we all got some great time away from the base. We also got our prized cell phones to use during our liberty so you know the data usage was climbing high to the sky. But, it was a great day and the weather made it even better. It was smooth and went without any hitches.

Training is coming to a close and we are about to be sent out into this Coast Guard world. Our company commanders have given their 100% effort in teaching us the correct ways to present ourselves in a military world but also taught important qualities to be a good person. We all arrived at Cape May with totally different pasts and we wanted to give this Coast Guard thing a shot. Well, Juliet got together and gave it a whirl and graduation week has started. We all should be proud and we will never forget what we accomplished here. The values we earned are priceless. We are part of the Coast Guard family now and it’s something we will cherish for the rest of our lives. One week to go. 24OCT14 can’t come fast enough. Juliet is ready for the next challenge so stay breezy Cape May and Juliet is officially out.

Coast Guard Recruit Company Juliet 190 Graduation Program

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.