Mike 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Mike 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 23, 2015

Graduates: August 14, 2015



Week 04 Historian Summary


Evolution. It is the word that best describes Mike Company for week 04. Observing INDOC weekend for a junior company proves it. It’s crazy how far we have come already and even more so where we need to be. The transition from a civilian to a Coast Guardsman has made us to where we are getting into the habit of being at boot camp, to marching everywhere (even if you don’t have to). And getting all these weird habits like leaving the toilet seat up. To evolve, we did have to let some people go from the company. They will get the proper training they need to become a Coastguardsman. While we in Mike-191 strive to achieve greatness. We still have more evolving to occur in the near future, which means trimming the edges and cutting of the slack.

We have learned the basics, identifying personnel, greeting personnel, how to sound off, and teamwork due to countless team building exercises, history and uniform maintenance. This week we were tested on everything that we have learned so far in boot camp. All of the required knowledge and classroom knowledge we know now will be nothing compared to what we have yet to learn. We are excited to see where our company is going and to see how squared away we will become in this upcoming week.

“Do the right thing even when no one is watching, just because it’s the right thing to do”. This week Mike-191 has truly learned the meaning of this saying throughout the process of recruit training, we have been told “there are no shortcuts just do what you are supposed to do”. And still people tried to find shortcuts and attempted to be sneaky. We don’t need dishonest people in the Coast Guard. We need to be able to trust our shipmates with our lives, how can we do that if they struggle to do watch wake-ups.

As you can see, we still have a ways to go before we are graduation material. Under the guidance of our Company Commanders (even though they might be scary). We will get there. Our teamwork, our followership, and our leadership qualities as a company have grown tremendously and “WOW”! Has Mike-191 gotten loud.

As we evolve into Coastguardsman and a senior company, it’s nice to think about how far we have come together. It’s also nice to think about upcoming events like on and off base liberty, but we need to remember as a company to focus on the task at hand. We need to remember that in order to get these things and our graduation we need to focus on what is happening now.

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.