Zulu 190 Recruit Journal Week 04



Zulu 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 3, 2015

Graduates: April 24, 2015


Zulu – 190 has reached the midway point of recruit training. Week 04 has placed the company under much stress, but they have managed to keep standing back up when they get knocked down. The stress and fatigue that has culminated over the previous 04 weeks has caught up to the company and is making tasks harder to accomplish. Correspondingly, Zulu – 190 has managed to make it nearly a whole month in New Jersey and is starting to fall into a rhythm.


They are being challenged and learning key information in the classroom, practicing hands on training in areas like Marksmanship, Seamanship, and Manual of Arms, Close Order Drill. The amount of progress each individual has made in just 25 days is remarkable. Week 04 is a very demanding and important week. Mistakes that could be easily corrected in weeks 01-03 are no longer dismissed. Each day that goes by the expectation of responsibility and self discipline increases exponentially. They are now being held to very high standards that come with consequences if not fulfilled. This constant demand for speed and consistency in their efforts has molded the recruits into brand new people. Moving fast, being loud, and doing what you are told when you are told are the expectations of their Lead Company Commander, and they are working every day to try and fulfill those demands.


The beginning of the week started with the company branching into 02 sister companies. The practical training and testing they completed did not have enough time to accommodate an entire company, so the split was necessary to utilize time and resources effectively. The first area of practical training was Marksmanship. The company was taught proper safety and handling, the nomenclature and parts of the piece (M-16 Rifle), and how to field strip the standard Coast Guard pistol; The SIG P229R DAK. After all of that was accomplished, they tested their abilities on an electronic firing range. They used model SIG P229R DAKS that were exact, creating a realistic environment.


The middle of the week was filled with very important events as well. On Wednesday, Zulu – 190 had their helm practical. This was a simulated exam that tested recruits on their responses to commands as well as effectively operating the vessel. It is very pertinent to their careers, because as non-rates they may be tasked with manning some portion of the helm. Therefore, each recruit must understand the commands and how to execute them.


Following the examination the company took part in their most exciting and nerve racking class yet; Assignments. Each recruit filled out their assignment data cards or “Dream Sheets”. They chose the top 04 Districts they would like to be stationed. By the end of the next week they will receive their orders and know where the beginning of each recruits career will embark. Later in the week, the company took the midterm exam that required an 80% to continue training, it was a cumulative test that contained a myriad of information from classes like Military Customs to Coast Guard History, once they passed that exam, the males received another haircut. Unlike the first buzz cut, this one gives a sense of pride, marking they have made it to week 04. As recruit training begins to speed up, the stakes will get drastically higher and the challenges more demanding. But the transformation in each recruit will be visible. The deeper they dive into boot camp, the more prepared Zulu – will become. It will interesting to see what week 05 brings for the company, and how they can adapt to keep on persevering.

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.



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