Mike 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Mike 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 23, 2015

Graduates: August 14, 2015


Mike-191 Week 07


Shirts off as we change in our respective squad bays the thick line between pale as paper and redder than our company commanders physical fitness shorts is as crisp as the line between the glistening reflective surface and dull portion on our boots with our worthy farmers tans. Taste buds still lingering of the memory of ice cream and hamburgers eaten while on off base liberty on Saturday. The food eaten may be on our minds, but why we got it is in our hearts. 04AUG1790 the revenue act was passed and considered the birthday of our proud service. As cannon smoke glides across the parade field, it snakes around the out stretched swords, held firmly by the Company Commanders. It flows through the cooling holes on the M-16’s cradled in our shoulders. As our ears fill with sound of the National Anthem, the good food consumed isn’t what brings us that “I feel home” sensation. It’s our brothers and sisters next to us, wearing the same uniform as us, in the same service, sworn to protect, serve and save the same country, just as the Coast Guard heroes Douglas Munro and Joshua James had before us. 225 years of wrestling the seas, sworn guardians of the American people. The Coast Guard continues to fight, and as the flag lowers, and Mike-191 marches through the field, all we feel is home, knowing this bond to uphold this duty will be the strongest oath we take, 225 years after the oath was taken for the first time.

We had our time, got into our tropical blues, and for the first time went out into the world. We sat on the bus, literally on the edges of our seats, dreaming of the coffee, ice cream, seafood, and pasta to come. We have become the week 08 company. We march throughout the regiment with our heads held high, confident in our actions, no longer scared of the permanent party members we come across. We march throughout, our colors streaming in the front of us, new ribbons marking our accomplishments. From making our company commander jump as we all scream “yeah”. To drunken sailor being sung while staying in step. Cadences are finally allowed.

Though confident, the memory of that smirk across our Lead Company Commanders face as he informs us, with a chuckle, “Monday’s going , uh, bad things happen Monday night”. We all realize we are going to need that only pair of clean drawers we saved for emergencies was now needed. We are confident, scared, excited, sore, exhausted, home sick, tense but a little relaxed, dedicated, motivated, steam roller mike-191, and it’s time for week 08.

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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.