Zulu 191 Recruit Journal Week 07


Zulu 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 22, 2015

Graduates: November 13, 2015

Coast Guard Recruit Company Zulu 191 and Alpha 192 Graduation Program

Week 07: King amongst Men

By far the best week of training so far. I can say with the upmost confidence after 07 weeks of hell Zulu is the best dang company on this regiment. Our shipmates think so, our Company Commanders think so and better than that… Our company knows so. After receiving our colors a spark was lit and no one can put it out. Entitlements came with our senior status as well. Singing while marching is my personal favorite. It makes us stand out as a company; like with other junior companies it’s the classic “left, right” repetition… But when you hear 60 recruits loud as hell singing about stomping on you… Well yeah that’s Zulu baby. Doesn’t only sound loud though, it sounds good. We’re all in sync, same tone and all the while; standing tall. That’s just my personal favorite though; I feel my shipmates seem to prefer the golden moment of being able to name our guidon. If you’re curious we named our war pole AKA guidon “Shaka” from what I’m told “Shaka” is the name of a great warrior, and leader of the Zulu Tribe how fitting for our guidon to have such a name… I mean what else is there to say; we’re Zulu warrior’s baby. The funny part is since we named her our lead company commander demanded she stay in the squad bay. Solution: make her a rack, and put her to sleep every night. It’s kind of adorable, even our guidon bearer tucks her in. So far up to this point we actually got to take Shaka for a run. Not so interesting huh… Well try off base running an absolutely fantastic time. We sang songs, marched to and from base with kids and parents alike cheering us on just a real magical experience for us all not as much sweat involved either, sort of like the confidence course we took the other day.

For a quick refresher the “confidence course” is a short obstacle based track fitting including ropes to climb, poles to jump on or fall off based on who you are. Honestly it didn’t matter though everyone cheered no matter what. Even if you did fall at least you looked good doing it. Partly from our fresh haircuts. Sadly we aren’t bald either; got the nice high and tights. Made everyone look 03 times better. No joking there.

It’s funny; I wish I could paint a picture of us from before and after, but you guys will see Nov 13th. Speaking of; isn’t our art crew almost done with our company ditty bags. They’ll be posted throughout the galley for other companies and company commanders alike to look at with envy. I actually got a sneak peak at the idea tree they had. Everything looks amazing. I can’t wait for the reveal. Now as far as revealing things our assistant company commander informed us during a debrief we were his first company… Now of course according to tradition we have to prank his office. As I write this my shipmates are terrorizing his office. Pink ponies and Q-tips as far as the eye can see. We’re going to be punished so hard tomorrow but his reaction will be priceless. I haven’t mentioned debriefs before, but essentially what it involves is our company commanders coming together and having an ear to ear conversation with us. Help us learn from them and them from us.

Now sliding to Zulu pride checkpoints. MOA test; killed it, finals; killed it, impressing our company commanders along with our Section Commanders … You guessed it; killed it. All earning us a pennant on our guidon; belay my last; “Shaka”! She’s a pretty girl that one. We did get very exciting news yesterday as well. Zulu and Alpha will be marching in a parade in Philadelphia; an absolutely tremendous honor for our companies. We will be representing the entire coast guard so there’s no room for mistakes or error. All I know is that means we could possibly get cheese steaks for packed lunches. Let’s pray for option 1. Now for today… A bit strange. Zulu spent an entire day off base, and oddly enough most of the recruits wanted to go back to the base. Not for the workout of course, but for that pretty metal structure holding our mattresses. We call those beauties racks. On a serious note though we all had a great time. We ate, we watched movies, and some slept. No matter what it was we all had fun. Now we’re back on the regiment though; so time to lock it up and prepare for Friday. Hopefully we’ll see you all there.

-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.