Juliet 191 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Juliet 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 19, 2015

Graduates: July 10, 2015


Finally, the end of week 06 has arrived, yet strangely it feels as if it was just Monday yesterday. We began our morning with a healthy serving of incentive training; A classic recruit favorite. As we spent the majority of our morning hours sweating, we were asked for what purpose caused this symphony of pain. The answer was, unfortunately, obvious: we were not acting like a week 06 company. We’re not loud, we’re not fast, we’re not disciplined. The leaders of our company have begun to take the names, no more warnings. Out in the fleet, punishment can result in loss of pay, loss of rank, or even jail time. The consequences are serious! Is there hope that we can change? Because human beings are, indeed, capable of great change. Change is in the natural order of the world. Can we embrace the positive change in ourselves and each other?

At long last, we were granted on base liberty. Liberty being a five hour weekend for the well deserved to hang out and more importantly use their phones. For the entirety, we spent it talking to our families, partners, and friends about the experiences we’ve shared so far. After this long emotional drawn out week, this was exactly what we needed. A reminder that very soon we will be reunited with that very soon we will be reunited with those for whom we fight for. Although we all are fatigued, we continue to march forward. Standing tall and looking good; Hollywood. (As our Lead Company Commander would say) He takes pride in us and we can tell by the effort our Company Commanders put forth. Sometimes we are even allowed to laugh with them a little, which is worth the price in sweat. The most important factor is that we know how to maintain our military bearing when appropriate.

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.