Mike 190 Recruit Journal – Week 07


International Maritime Signal Flag Mike

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Mike 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 23, 2014

Graduates: November 14, 2014


Week 07 was monumental for Mike Company. We mastered our seamanship skills, earned our colors, and executed our close order drill and manual of arms test. These benchmarks were all reasons for us to march our tallest this week. Not just taller, but louder and prouder as we march and sing along with our company commanders as the senior company of this regiment. All the sweat, tears, and yelling has evolved us into a product fit for duty and ready to head off into the fleet.

It started with the “high and tights”. For the last time the males were put in the barber chair and given a fresh buzz. We all remember seeing the senior company when we were in forming week: boot tips that looked like glass, pants pressed, and setting the standard for junior companies. That’s us now. This morning our lead company commander took us into downtown Cape May to double-time march in a benefit road race. We have earned liberties like this because he is confident in our ability to represent the Coast Guard.

We now march our company colors when we march around the regiment. It is a feat all companies must earn as the senior company. Our performance in recruit training has earned us a seamanship pennant that fly’s alongside our flag for outstanding seamanship skills. A Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill pennant for our performance in front of a Section Commander fly’s beside it. We’ve earned the Mike flag that hangs from the regimental flag pole in front of Healy Hall. We earned it with every bead of sweat, every scream, and every tear. That’s figuratively speaking of course.

We earned our colors this week at night, on the beach, getting yelled at and incentive trained by all 04 of our Company Commanders. After the sweat session we lined up, the waves were crashing at our feet, and our Lead Company Commander showed us our new office right in front of our eyes. All at once we bent over and took a small sip of ocean water to conclude the ceremony. We cheered and jumped as we unraveled the tape from our guidon and revealed our colors. The Mike flag is solid blue with a large white “x”. Sandy, Soaked and beaming with excitement, we marched back to the house singing along in cadence our Company Commanders for the first time. Singing cadence is and earned right for each company, and it is amazing the impact it has on our confidence level.

Week 07 instilled a final but of confidence in Mike; a final bit of confidence that concluded our “evolution” as recruits. “The evolution of a recruit” is a painting that hangs in the galley that was done by a recruit that came through the training center just like we are doing now. It pictures a recruit as a civilian sitting on a chair at home, leaving for boot camp, arriving, training, and stepping on a cutter as a graduate in a 05 step movement. We all walk by it every day at every meal. As junior recruits we understood what it was like to be in the first 04 steps. We all knew the message in the painting the first time we saw it in forming week, it is pretty clear. However, as we all get ready to take the 05th step we now understand the message as we are a part of it. 05 more days and a wake up Mike, finish proud and finish strong. See you at graduation.

Coast Guard Recruit Company Mike 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.


6 Responses

  1. Lorrie Tietze says:

    Well done Mike! We are proud of all of you and looking forward to seeing and hearing you at graduation on Friday. You can see the finish line now!

  2. Julian Si Cristina Constantin says:

    Proud of you Mike -190 !! Can’t wait to see you at graduation. You are almost there. Love you Criss

  3. Emily Rose Hopkins says:

    Love you, SR Glarum! You are nearly there! So very proud of you and all of Mike 190!

  4. Hector Schwerert says:

    Mike 190 well done. Tomorrow you will celebrate your first Veterans Day in uniform, there is nothing more satisfying to have served your country with Honor, Devotion to Duty and Love for your Country. SR. Niles Serrano-Sehwerert, I want you to know that you have made me very proud, You are know part of a family with a long history dedicated to serving our nation. I will be there on Friday to see you marching tall. God bless you and God bless America. Love you Papi Hector.

    Hector F. Schwerert
    U.S. Army V Corps
    Special Troops Battalion

  5. Norma Fierro says:

    Congratulations Mike 190! You’ve all worked hard and accomplished what you wanted. Can’t wait to see my son SR Sandoval on Friday!!!

  6. Olga Casillas says:

    MIKE 190, you’re on your last week of training and Friday you will be graduating. “Congratulations” you should feel very proud of yourselves. I know each of us (your family) is very proud of you. A lot of you are just 18 years old and fresh out of high school. I know by now you know that you made the right decision enlisting in the Coast Guard. All the skills and lessons you’ve learned in
    these eight weeks you will be able to apply them not only in the Coast Guard
    but also in your everyday life. As human beings, our greatness lies in being able to remake ourselves and I believe each one of you has accomplished to remake your image. I wish each one of you continue success and may all your dreams and hopes come true. To my grandson S/R Serrano-Sehwerert, I LOVE YOU, and I know you will continue your road with a lot of successes. I can’t wait to see you again.

    Jeremiah 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
    LOVE You,
    Mommy Olga