Mike 190 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Mike 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 23, 2014

Graduates: November 14, 2014


Week 05 sure was a roller coaster. It had its ups and downs and even threw us for a few loops. Like every roller coaster it starts with a bid drop! We had two uniform inspections this week that resulting in us losing about one quarter of the company. It was tough to see fellow shipmates go to other companies, however in some ways it brought us closer together. We rose up once more when we learned we would be moving to Healy hall at the end of the week: the senior recruit hall on post. The stakes are higher and the expectations greater. While this week had its ups and downs, it ended on a very exciting note, we received our orders!

Monday of week 05 we had our first official uniform inspection. Senior chief and Chief Petty Officers lined us up and not only inspected us but fired general knowledge questions at us on the spot. Many of us froze and for some, whether it be the uniform or sounding off, received a full rack inspections. All of this resulted in our numbers dropping from about 100 to 75 before lunch time. Though the losses hurt we still continue to push on as a company.

After the inspection we were ordered to pack all of our personal belongings and not leave even a piece of evidence that we ever in James Hall. After the motivating and intimidating talk by our Battalion Commander, we had 21 minutes to run upstairs, pack, and get across the Company Commander aisle to Healy Hall. If we were late or left anything behind we would be assigned a night of Recruit Attitude Motivational Program. We packed everything as fast as we possibly could and waddled across the parade field to our new home: Healy Hall. Along with the new home came new obstacles, literally!

The following morning the company got to break character a bit and cheer on our fellow shipmates as we participated in the confidence course here at Cape May. It is called the confidence course because every obstacle takes confidence to complete. It is a series of low bars, wooden poles, walls, cargo nets and ropes. Thankfully there were no injuries and we all made it out safely.


The most exciting part of this week was receiving our orders to our duty stations. There were many mixed emotions about the orders but the overall emotion was excitement. Good or bad everyone got the job and or location that they requested on their “dream sheet.” It was sad to realize how far across the globe our company will be spread. The distances ranged from Alaska to Puerto Rico. Some shipmates will be on High Endurance Cutters up to six months at a time while others will be on buoy tenders on your local rivers and inlets a few days at a time. Other shipmates were fortunate enough to be stationed near home. Near or far it is great to know we will all be experiencing something completely different and serving our country.

As you can see, this week had many twists and turns in it. Two major inspections that drastically reduced our company’s numbers has been the biggest impact that our company has experienced thus far in training. Moving into Healy Hall makes M-190 a senior company here at TRACEN Cape May, however, as our Battalion Commander put it: “It’s all business now.” For the remainder of recruit training we are held to a higher standard. The transition has come at an exciting time. Knowing our orders now and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel has made all of us realize just how little time we have left to live up to the battalion commanders expectations, so let’s make the best of it shipmates.


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.