Juliet 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Juliet 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 19, 2015

Graduates: July 10, 2015




Well, it’s Saturday night, marking the end of week 04. It means we are halfway there. It’s been a long week and an important one. Think college midterms are hard? Well then you’ve clearly never experienced Coast Guard midterms. Juliet 191 is past our physical exams. All those push-ups and crunches have actually helped, but they still suck. But brawn isn’t enough to make it in the Coast Guard you need to have the smarts too. Despite always rushing between the gym and chow hall, Juliet 191 has actually been studying hard, and it shows as everybody passed! And for the first time since being rushed off the bus 04 weeks ago we actually got to be a part of the graduation ceremony. We got to march on to the parade field with the rest of the regiment, flying our colors for the first time. Unfortunately, the company had a little trouble finding the correct field marker, and we made a spectacle of ourselves. And boy did we pay for it later. We did more physical fitness that night than we had done all week. We packed everything we own into our sea bags and then passed them around the base. It was not the way we wanted to end mid-term week. Besides that hiccup, the company is really beginning to come together, less arguing and more performing. We are getting faster and better at everything we do together. Perhaps not perfectly and not fast enough for our company commanders but we are getting there. We actually are working our way towards being a senior company and we are teaching the new recruits how to do things like deliver mail, stand watch and perform various company duties. Standing watch is a big one, because learning to stand a diligent watch is a fundamental part of being a Coast Guardsman. Now standing watch, you’re giving up the already dwindling amount of time you have to rest but it is important to make sure everything is safe and secure. After all, the term “guard” is a major part of the USCG. Who would have known? We knew that when we took that oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States. That’s why we joined, to protect and serve the people of the United States. Even if that means going without sleep for weeks at a time.

Dealing with the ghost of James Hall? The ghost of an old Company Commander from a time long ago? The ghost that turns on showers, opens windows, and makes a locked door swing open? Well, you can come to TRACEN Cape May, and maybe you might come face to face with a ghost, however, its much more likely you come face to face with an angry Company Commander, which is much more night mare inducing!



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.