Mike 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Mike 191 Recruit Journal

Formed:       June 23, 2015

Graduates:   August 14, 2015



Week 03 Historian Summary


The best way to sum up week 03 is, “MOVE FASTER, GET LOUDER and WORK AS A TEAM.” This week we have been pushed mentally and physically; being drilled on required knowledge and on facing movements. We have done many team building exercises and are seeing progress. Recruits who are now part of MIKE Company from earlier weeks of training, are helping the rest of us on all of our required knowledge, rack set up and manual of arms training. MIKE-191 has dealt with a multitude of challenges thus far, but we have many more challenges on the horizon to overcome. Such challenges include: firearms training, firefighting and ultimately tons of additional required knowledge. As if the normal stressors of recruit training weren’t enough, we were introduced to an additional stressor called probation. Probation is where a recruit who is struggling with catching on is given a certain amount of time, ranging between three to five days, to get squared away through extra one on one attention and time from our Company Commanders. Let me tell you, this one on one time and attention is not the kind a recruit in training wants to receive. Mike Company also quickly became acquainted with a new “motivator” referred to as RAMP (Recruit Aptitude and Motivation Program), a “fun” place where recruits get to do additional pushups.

“MOVE FASTER!” We have worked immensely on getting faster in Mike Company. Our annual morning fire drills and our gym workouts are slowly starting to pay off. This week we were timed on a mile and a quarter run by our Lead Company Commander and many of us cut our run times down significantly.

“GET LOUDER!” Those of us, who were not being loud, have sure learned this week to sound off. The one or two still lacking in this department will get squared away quickly or soon be out the door.

“WORK AS A TEAM!” Sea bag passes, canteen holds and even mass cleaning evolutions have helped MIKE-191 come together as a more cohesive unit, a team. When we see a shipmate in trouble we ask how we can help. Having shipmates who care about the company as a whole, is an importing thing when in recruit training. Knowing that the person next to you will help you when you fall down, tell you to suck it up and most of all tell you when you are in the wrong is instrumental.

So parents, friends, family and maybe even future recruits just know that even though Coast Guard Boot Camp is hard, we are getting through it. Even though we are getting yelled at, it is all for a reason. “FIRE FIRE FIRE,” teaches us to move quickly and what to do in an emergency situation, change in/out drills teach us to get our footwear on in 90 seconds (in case of an emergency situation) and rack inspections teach us how to follow orders and place things where they belong (a task proving to be difficult for MIKE Company with an average age range of 18-21). We all know why we came here and we are nowhere near the point we need to be, however with the guidance of our Company Commanders, our love and support from home and our shipmates by our side we will get to where we need to be. Please continue to write your recruit, give them support and they will be hugging you on graduation day in no time.



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.