Juliet 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Juliet 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 19, 2015

Graduates: July 10, 2015

 

Wk 7 summary

 

The days are long but the weeks go by quickly. It’s finally July, only one week left before we graduate. It’s hard to believe our final “missing complete” is right before our eyes, but during our time here we have begun to utilize the tools we have learned to shape us into proud coast guardsman. It is a price we have paid in blood, sweat, and tears and the reward is none the sweeter.

On our last day of week seven, we celebrated our liberty and independence on the most sacred holiday in American history: our independence day. As we walked the streets of Cape May in search of sweets, coffee, and amusement; all eyes were drawn to us. Many thanks and salutations were sent our way. We maintained our military bearing and returned our gratitude with a cheerful, “happy fourth of July.”

If there is one lesson to be learned in basic training it is accountability. To be accountable for ones actions exceeds any weight in gold. It means to have dedication, responsibility, and honesty. To do what’s right when no one is looking. To sacrifice with no expectation of accommodation or praise. Moreover, to give 100% effort in any task given.

When faced with dire circumstances, especially those an aspiring coastguardsman will face in basic training, owning up to mistakes not making excuses, and finding solutions is the only way to go. In return, the accountable person will receive respect and success should they follow through to the end. Our lead company commander chief store keeper Arseneaux has emphasized accountability in ever thing we do; and we have learned firsthand it is much better than acting out in fear.

At the beginning of the week we were marching with our heads down. The thoughts of our families consuming were every moment, draining our focus to the point that we just wanted it all to end. But we soon realized, in unison, what kind of people would that make us? Would our loved ones be proud of our decision to quid progress and regress to our old selves? Not at all, instead we picked up our feet and raised our heads. We reminded ourselves that we needed to be accountable and rake pride in our division; to take pride in each other, as we have become more than just shipmates: we have become family.

One can realize that true meaning of compassion when a total stranger can be treated with dignity and respect. We all know that this isn’t a perfect world, that there are those who seek to do us harm and those who unify under “values” contrary to ours. In this vast existence we live to exemplify the empathetic and just, moral responsibilities that are so rarely depicted, but exist and outshine all dark deeds in this world. Our duty is to save lives and it cannot be fulfilled without first learning how to be accountable and compassionate in our actions. We are coastguardsman.

Coast Guard Recruit Company Juliet 191 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

 

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