Zulu 190 Recruit Journal Week 03


Zulu 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 3, 2015

Graduates: April 24, 2015

Zulu-190 Week 03 Summery

Week 03 has been a wild ride for Zulu-190, the ebbs and flows of this past week have taught the recruits a lot about themselves, slowly gaining more concepts. How to move faster, get louder and how to follow directions. The endless self discipline drills have started to help the company hold each other accountable. Although they are still not performing at a high enough tempo to meet their Company Commanders time objectives or expectations, the recruits have made a huge improvement since week 02. They are beginning to settle in and click into a rhythm and beginning to grasp the concepts and challenges bestowed upon them. This week brought in an array of events for Zulu-190, some positive and some negative.

Recruit training is designed to adjust everyday civilians to people who can work as a cohesive unit and handle the stress that the missions will bring. This week has been a stressful one for the Company as the lack of sleep and physical training adds up. Correspondingly, the recruits are maintaining a positive outlook, because no matter how tired or sore on individual may be, everyone else in the Company is right there with them. The past 07 days have been filled with all sorts of classes, ranging from family benefits to Code of Conduct and Coast Guard History. Many hours of each day were spent in class lectures, learning pertinent information that recruits will need to know for life in the Coast Guard.

One of the major highlights of this week, maybe even all of Zulu-190’s existence, is that the meet their Company Mentor. This company was lucky and honored enough to be assigned to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven W. Cantrell. He is the highest ranking person in the Coast Guard, working directly for the Commandant Admiral Zukunft and representing the enlisted personnel. This is a huge honor and privilege for Zulu-190, especially since he took his own time to answer questions from recruits.

This week the Company began to practice more Manual of Arms and Piece Nomenclature. Zulu-190 will be tested as a Company on their knowledge of the piece and manual of arms. Synchronization and fluidity will be crucial for the Company to look adequate in front of the Company Commanders grading them.

Seamanship also started this week. Recruits are learning nautical terminology, knot tying and helm commands using a helm simulator. The simulator grades each recruit on the their responses to commands and if they correctly maneuver the vessel. Seamanship is widely regarded as the favorite class because it is hands on, important and interesting. Throughout the next few weeks the Company will build their knowledge of seagoing regulations and practices.

The Company is very excited for week 04. More practical training means more time spent tangibly learning rather than pushing the deck. Also, once recruits pass their midterm test they can fill out dream sheets, voicing where they want to go and what they want to do, making their goal of joining the Coast Guard on week closer to fruition.

The days are slow but he weeks are fast. It is hard to believe that Zulu-190 is already 03 weeks underway. Although parents may not be receiving much mail back, the mail that parents are sending in is helping the recruits bear down when times are tough. Your words and thoughts are daily reminders that no matter what struggles the day brings, the unwavering support from parents at home is being felt no matter what distance.

Week 04 will be a demanding week for Zulu. They must come together through the trials and tribulations to keep pursuing the final goal: becoming a United States Coast Guardsman.

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.