Zulu 190 Recruit Journal Week 07


Zulu 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 3, 2015

Graduates: April 24, 2015


“Marching into the dark on an unknown path, Zulu-190 was unaware of what may lie ahead. Being barked at by all 03 company commanders about how poor of a company we are, we were afraid and uncertain of what may wait at the end of the path. Little did we know that our company would soon be earning our colors. As we walked onto the beach, the rush of the wind and crashing waves added to what would be one of our most defining moments. After doing incentive training on the cold Jersey shore, Petty Officer Impey said something that echoed in our ears for the remainder of the night. As we stood there in front of the crashing waves, he told us to imagine the taste the salt water and said “If you are not fast enough and do not work hard enough, this is the last thing that someone who trusts you to save them will taste.” One sentence had never had such an impact on our company. Immediately following we started a search and rescue mission. Carrying rafts up and down the beach we scoured the landscape looking for any clue left behind. After minutes of surveying we uncovered a tiny Lego ship in the sand. What lay beneath truly surprised the company. A guidon covered in tape and mangled with probation belts was pulled from the sand, making us think this was all a ploy. After fighting to remove all tape, we unraveled the Zulu flag. Chants and shouting erupted because we felt like we had finally achieved a huge feat. This was just the beginning of week 07.

This week was filled with an array of hands on tests that provided us recruits with an ample amount of knowledge. First off we had a day that was devoted to first aid and CPR. We practiced proper CPR form on dummies and were given fake injuries to treat with splints and bandages. Later in the week we practiced our line handling on a vessel. This consisted of heaving and securing lines to deck fittings while following commands. Towards the back half of the week we took our final exam. 30 open note questions and 20 closed note covered everything that we have learned over 07 weeks. Upon passing the exam with an 80%, recruits were given all day Saturday for off base liberty. 11 hours to travel around the surrounding towns and shop, eat, and walk. It was an accomplishing feeling to earn off base liberty and be put back into the real world.

The final week of recruit training is about to commence. Zulu-190 is now the most senior company on the regiment. Our flag will fly from the regimental flagpole, we will be preparing for graduation, and we will provide an example for every company below us. Zulu-190 has overcome every emotion from pain to joy, and every ounce of sweat and hard work is about to come to fruition. Zulu is prepared to meet week 08 head on.”

Coast Guard Recruit Company Zulu 190 Graduation Program


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.