Zulu 190 Recruit Journal Week 06


Zulu 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 3, 2015

Graduates: April 24, 2015


What a week it was for Zulu-190. This week was unlike any other that our company has experienced in recruit training. It was a make or break mindset for the recruits, as our first week in Healy Hall has passed. Full of surprises around every turn, this week proved that attention to detail is a necessity. Boot camp has progressed through many stages and Week 06 is another step in our ladder to success.
The week began with us settling into our new building, Healy Hall. This barracks style building is where the senior companies stay, marking Zulu as the second most senior company. With that comes a high expectation and a high regard for responsibility. Mistakes such as an unsecured rack or being 01 minute late for watch are grounds for reversion. Self discipline is essential to staying in Zulu-190. At the beginning of the week we took classes involving fire fighting protocol. Our company learned everything about fire gear such as Self Contained Breathing Apparatus’s and overalls, as well as equipment consisting of hoses and extinguishers. The following day a practical was held. We were required to don all equipment, go on air, meaning breathing through the mask and tank, then fight a simulated fire. The room was filled with thick smoke and strobe lights to provide us with an example of a real life situation.


Towards the middle of the week we began administrative time. This consisted of reaching out to our first units in an attempt to gain information regarding living arrangements, what the surrounding city may hold, and what to expect we will be doing as a non-rate. Making contact with our first units will provide us with the necessary information to make a successful transition. The pinnacle of the week was on-base liberty. The company was granted 06 hours from 1500 to 2100. This allowed us to march to the exchange and harbor view club. Cell phones were given back, allowing us to contact family members and connect with the outside world. It was very relieving for recruits; a way to take a breath from training.

It is hard to believe that our company has conquered 06 full weeks of boot camp. The progress we have made since 03MAR15 is something to be proud of. Zulu-190 is closing in on the end of recruit training, and week 07 will push us to new boundaries, making us stronger in every aspect.

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.