Zulu 190 Recruit Journal Week 02


Zulu 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 3, 2015

Graduates: April 24, 2015


ZULU -190 Week 02 Summary 14Mar15


The dense fog that flowed into the Cape May Training Center symbolized the recruit’s mindset. Chaos and confusion loomed over ZULU -190. As they still tried to learn self discipline. Missing time objective after time objective, the company was exhausted from the physical reprimanding. The constant physical demand was leading the recruits down a tired, stressful road. However, an excitement was being felt by the recruits as their journey was more than underway. The classes they had been taking throughout the week were teaching them basic regulations and protocol. ZULU –190 was beginning to settle into James Hall, learning how to work together and use time efficiently. Even though they were still missing time objectives, they started to work together, a fundamental component to being successful. In their first full week as a company, following forming week at Sexton Hall, ZULU -190 took part in a memorable week; one they will remember for the rest of their lives. They were picked up by their Company Commanders, assistants FS1 Smith, BMC Flickinger, and Lead Company Commander ME1 Impey. Nerves were high as they adjusted to following their Company Commanders. They were given proper instruction on how to work out safely and efficiently, issued model M-16’s, and practiced a myriad of marching and close order drills. As many recruits adjusted to the decrease in sleep, watches began to take part, adding to the stress. Evening watches are necessary to ensure safety from intruders, fire or damage. The general feeling amongst recruits is a mix of emotions, ranging from fear and confusion to eagerness and anxiety, there is a desire to get better and learn, to strive and meet expectations, but simple mistakes are bringing more negatives than positives for the company. As ZULU-190 starts onto week 03, all recruits have the same tasks they need to complete; Move Faster! Get Louder! Follow Directions! To start succeeding as a company they must address those three points. If they want to show their leaders they are serious, they will; must instill self discipline, and embrace the Coast Guards core values, Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. They must exemplify their Lead Company Commanders motto; 100% Motivation, 100% Dedication, 100% of the time. A new week brings more challenges and expectations, along with those challenges comes more responsibility. This new week will bring learning, and how to come together and grow as a team.


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.