Zulu 190 Recruit Journal Week 05



Zulu 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 3, 2015

Graduates: April 24, 2015

Week 05 recap

“It is hard to believe that Zulu-190 has made it all the way through week 05. An entire month in Cape May has molded the recruits of our company into completely new people. The challenges that our company has overcome are proof that we are beginning to come together and progress through each and every week.

The fifth week of recruit training is search and rescue based. It is aimed to engrave a sense of urgency in everything that we do. The recruits were given 15 minutes after being awoken to change, shave, and brush their teeth as well as marching to the galley for breakfast. This short amount of time drives home the point that if and when in a real life search and rescue mission, you must be fast and efficient because lives are on the line.

This week has been filled with many new experiences and lessons. Our company continued to learn a myriad of information in the classroom. Some classes included signaling devices, such as flares and strobes, and how to use them, personal flotation devices, and radio communications where we focused on the phonetic alphabet, radio procedures and channels, and how to properly use them to communicate effectively. All of the classes that we take here at Training Center Cape May are hands on, practical, and informative to prepare us for life in the coast guard. Aside from time spent in class, we had big milestones that are key to our journey through boot camp. Earlier in the week we were issued every piece of our dress uniforms. This included the dress coast and shirts, tropical blue shirts, as well as the combination cover; everything needed for a proper dress uniform. The pinnacle of week 05 was receiving our orders. It was a special experience that we will all carry with us forever. It was Wednesday night, all 03 of our company commanders marched us out in front of the flagpole and bell. The weather was extremely nice and the sun was beginning to set; it fit the situation perfectly. One by one we were called up and read our orders. We then recited them to our fellow shipmates and rang the bell, symbolizing the start to our career in the Coast Guard.

The latter half of the week held key events as well. On Thursday our company participated in a blood drive to support the Red Cross and help save lives. On Friday we took our first step as a senior company. Zulu-190 moved across the regiment to Healy hall, making us the second oldest company. The stakes are higher over here in Healy hall, but so are the privileges. Minor infractions are not overlooked, so our company will have to be 100% conscious in every effort we make, because we will be representing the entire regiment.

The end of the week held a second meeting with our company mentor. The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Cantrell, sat down with us for a few hours to check in and ask us about our first units. It is a real honor to have the highest enlisted member, and only the twelfth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, take time to come to us and answer any and every question. It put into perspective how tight nit the Coast Guard is and will be for us.

The last few weeks of recruit training will hold many trials and tribulations for Zulu-190. The stakes are always getting higher and we must be ready for anything at anytime. It will be interesting to see how week 06 shapes the recruits of our company even more, and what they can learn and overcome.”

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.