Zulu 191 Recruit Journal Week 02


Zulu 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 22, 2015

Graduates: November 13, 2015


It’s been a week of hell for Zulu… We’ve had our ups and we’ve had downs but if we learned anything it’s to be faster and be louder. It seems like we have most of our ditty’s down as well; just have to execute better. Seems like years ago when my shipmates and I got off that bus.. Everything’s going by so fast. Good thing our CC’s know some killer “; soon to be punishments for our kids” exercise to lighten down that speed. One  we learned today consisted of putting on two pairs of clothes and screaming. May not sound bad but if you’re used to doing that you’re probably use to pillow walls.


On that note we did get loud today; totally blew the ears off Alpha! But with accomplishment there was also failure. We let our lead cc down with our early mistakes and that hurt us all… True we don’t want punishment but that’s family and we look out for each other. Well show him and this entire regiment what were about!


Zulu is no longer the fresh meat; the new round of recruits just came in. Its weird seeing them, all we can think is “that was us two weeks ago”. Watching them make mistakes seems silly to us now, but we were in the same boat and we understand. The best part is watching their CC’s give them punishments. It’s like testing our ability to stay at attention with some amusement. My two favorites included a shipmate looking outside so his CC made him use his hands to simulate binoculars and describe outside: It sounded like “It’s raining, there’s leaves, I spy trees” had our entire company ‘coughing” to hid our laughter. The other gem was a fresh meat who had messed up his step so his CC made him march through chow yelling like a kids show, ‘this is my left! This is my right, one after the other” again our “coughs” continued. It’s the little things that get us by. We keep our smiles hidden though Zulu doesn’t breed jokers.


Get louder, get faster. We have higher standards!



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.