Zulu 191 Recruit Journal Week 06


Zulu 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 22, 2015

Graduates: November 13, 2015


Before I go into today’s events I’m going to pass on a story a few shipmates shared with me. This is their tale: At the start of week 06 a handful of recruits were placed on probation. Probation can be a positive or negative depending on what you make of it. For individuals who don’t know probation is given out to recruits who either struggle with general knowledge or just not at the level of the company. Each recruit is given a shiny red belt to identify themselves. To put it in perspective it’s like going to an all white running of the bulls and wearing red. You guessed it those bulls are Company Commanders. Now here’s the positive; if you’re constantly targeted you’re essentially forced to keep up with knowledge… Etc. The negative is if you mess up while on probation you’re more than likely being reverted. How’s that for motivation. Now don’t quote me, but I’d like to say there were around 08 recruits at the time on said belt. Yesterday our Lead Company Commander was especially harsh to the probation recruits. He teased them and basically hinted they were going to be reverted. One shipmate mentioned to me she was instructed to sound off “Bravo-192”. Bravo 192 is one of the junior companies on the regiment. Being reverted would not only entitle the recruit to a different company, but an extra week towards training. Sometimes that’s a good thing; the Coast Guard wants able bodies… Then again it sucks for said recruit; because that’s 07 days longer you’re stuck here. Okay back to the story…

So 05 of about 08 recruits were told to square the Section Commanders hatch. From basic inference one would assume reversion, upon reaching our Section Commanders hatch the red belts were told that they were relieved and passed. From what I was told the excitement that flowed through their bodies was similar to Charlie when he found his golden ticket. That isn’t too far off either, their extremely lucky. Now that they were “home free” the red belts came off and they were back in their respected squad bays only to be stopped by our Lead Company Commander. He was quoted saying “Did you fail or pass?” to which the recruits hesitantly responded “yes”. Now Company Commanders, especially Lead Company Commanders are supposed to set the example, but he may have lost some of his military bearing. From what I was told he did a fist pump, and said “Sre*&^% yeah” as if he rolled a final strike for that perfect 300. He also followed up by telling the individuals how important it was to stay locked on and such. I mean what else is there to say… Other companies have their Commanders; well we have more than that, we have leaders. Individuals we can look up to, and be proud to say “that’s my Company Commander”. That’s actually a good transitioning point into today as well.

After morning chow our company marched to attend the 0800 Colors. After our 02 Assistant Company Commanders informed us of a tradition to read aloud “Old Glory” to senior companies at our progression point. (A small note, if you don’t know what “Old Glory” is than search it. It’s a very emotional piece about the National Ensign along with fallen soldiers etc). After the midway point our Lead Company Commander joined the formation and finished off the reading. At this point, every shipmate Port or Starboard already had a tear falling or ready to fall. Then our Lead Company Commander instructed Zulu to About Face… Every recruit’s heart sank to our feet. There it was…


Our Colors posted to the statue of Signalman First Class Douglas Monroe. All we heard from behind us was “well do you want it?!?” You better believe when we sounded off our Company Commanders along with the whole regiment knew we wanted it. He followed up with “then go get it”. At that moment it was a blur of blue rushing the statue. By chance, I was one of the first to reach the statue, with a help of a few shipmates, myself, and another were raised to retrieve our Colors. What an amazing moment… Like something out of an ABC family original film. My shipmate and I held our Colors true and straight. The most intense moment was looking down at our shipmates faces… I personally saw our squad leader she 02 tears and drop to his knees. Now say what you want about Zulu-191, but you can never say we don’t take pride in our company. Very emotional stuff, but I’ll cut it with the sappy talk, and get into some lighter stuff. Now that Zulu has their Colors we’ve gained several privileges. One such is the attention of Guidon, we’ll need to set an example for junior companies, but the real gem is being able to sing Cadence. It sounds Bad @#$, and shows how Zulu as a unit is top dog at this regiment. We took it for a test drive at the track, and busted out 16 laps. Most of us weren’t even tired after; it’s that cadence, I’m telling ya. After we marched back and showered, our company joined up with Alpha and went on a tour of Cape May’s station. We got to interact with other BM’s, DC’s, and MK’s, and learn about cutter, station life ETC. Coolest part was getting on the ships, and getting a feel for what equipment we would be using in the fleet.

After all the tours ended we went back to our respected squad bays for a small inspection. Luckily no Section Commanders were present. It went pretty fast, no overwhelming mistakes. Once we finished our Commanders told us to start our base liberty… Never seen 60 shipmates move so fast. Upon arriving the staffs were waiting as if it was Black Friday, and we were all parents trying to get the last Elmo doll. I feel bad for whatever SK runs the candy aisle, we left that aisle looking lonely. We all then left for Harbor View (a decent sized area with pool tables, TV, food, etc). This is where I’ll leave off because essentially all it was from that point on was 100 plus recruits glued to their phones and indulging in candy. Tomorrow will be a rude awakening if we don’t lock it back up. Remember Zulu 13 days left!

-SR Boulanger


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.