Juliet 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Juliet 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 19, 2015

Graduates: July 10, 2015


Week 5 Summary


Today the privilege musicians of Juliet-191 participated in the celebration parade dedicated to their service and the service of those who have given us the opportunity and freedom to call ourselves American. Our training center ceremonial division proudly marched the streets of Cape May with their chests beaming, heads high, and feet treading to the inspirational and heartwarming United States coast Guard marching anthem, Semper Paratus.

American flags, or national ensigns as we have come to call them, were draped across the colorful arrays of balconies, upon recognizing the ample gratitude of our fellow citizens our heats swelled with proud and so did our eyes with tears. The discipline which has been instilled in us thus far proved more than beneficial to us. It allowed us to perform. It allows us to carry on.

As we marched and performed with diligent purpose, salutes and covered hearts could be seen throughout. It was at this time the rigors of recruit training manifested from the blood, sweat, and tears we shed to an unparallel sense of pride in our devotion to duty, America, and her people. We had the first real taste of what it felt like to be a Coastguardsman.

After the musicians returned, our entire company had the opportunity to call their families and share their orders, though only for a brief 05 minutes, the time spent during this emotional release gave us the moral boost we needed to push on through our challenges. These phone calls are likely to be the most memorable five minutes. To some it was a chance to finally share, love and cry with loved ones. As we progress towards graduation, one thing is certain; it doesn’t get easier, we just get stronger.

After this week one thing is for certain, time is the most valuable and cherished resource we have. Our imitations have become stricter and the expectations are higher. Without the dedication to utilize every minute of our time towards our personal, intellectually, and physical growth we would not be with company at the end of this week.

We have been tried, both as a company and as individuals. Even though we have faults, they are not without remedy. Our Company Commanders make certain of that. The overzealous bickering and complaints that used to infect our ranks have been replaced with unified shouts of affirmation. We are becoming one effective machine.


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.