Juliet 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Juliet 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 19, 2015

Graduates: July 10, 2015



Week 03 has flown by, leaving most recruits of Juliet 191 trailing in the dust. Even though it was fast, week 03 was full of difficult lessons; both in and out of the classroom. Juliet 191 started the week out on the wrong foot and received physical training exercises from Chief Arseneaux followed by a relaxing float in the pool, which was probably the most relaxing thing to occur in boot camp so far. Chief Arseneaux, recognizing that Juliet was starting to get a small understanding of boot camp allowed the company to drop several of their “Ditties” (words that assist more junior recruits remember certain movements) and allowed them to be replaced by snapping and boot footed steps.


On Tuesday, things got rough, Juliet decided to rest on their own laurels and were not loud and didn’t look good. What made it worse, were the long hours in the classroom; where Juliet got relaxed, quiet and sleepy as they learn about safety. Even a demanding core workout failed to wake them up, and if there was one thing Petty Officer Oakland hated; was a quiet company. Wednesday was full of Incentive training sessions rifles here, canteens there, and the words “Fire! Fire! Fire! were on everyone’s minds. On the bright side, the Chaplain showed up, and that’s always a weekly highlight that the recruits of Juliet stretch as long as they can. On Thursday, Juliet started to notice that several recruits had started to do their own activities, and good or bad the independence surprised many recruits.


We have really started to fear RAMP, and the impending doom of reversion loomed overhead. Juliet started Seamanship classes, even though it’s a class, it is still something that screams “Coast Guard”! Speaking of screaming “Coast Guard”, Juliet did plenty of that during a particularly hardcore spin class. The day saw an influx of a few new recruits from other companies , the recruits of Juliet 191 welcomed them with open arms, determined to wipe all thoughts of how they became part of this new family. Friday came with more classes , which were sometimes tedious, but the squad leaders were on their toes keeping recruits aware, but quiet. After marching from class with open mouths (which Petty Officer Oakland fixed with some screaming at which the seagulls were laughing) Chief Arseneaux decided to help the recruits out by inspecting their rucksack and it wasn’t very pretty. People are starting to feel homesick, especially one from Colorado. Saturday was a long day 08 hours of class, time was broken up by some practical work, which all of Juliet enjoyed. Upon returning to our squad bays Juliet found that someone (probably Petty Officer Oakland) had turned their racks into a maze, and had everything nice and dirty. An incentive training or two and some cleanup time later, Juliet hit the racks happy.


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.