Juliet 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Juliet 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 5, 2016

Graduates: February 26, 2016

 

Juliet-192

Week 02 Summary

 

Juliet-192 formed on 08Jan16. There are 85 recruits in our company and until Kilo-192 came, we were the largest company at training center Cape May. Each recruit comes to boot camp with their own strengths and their own background. We have shipmates with prior military services (every branch except Airforce), ROTC, college graduates, and recruits that are fresh out of high school and away from home for the first time.

Our diverse backgrounds make Juliet-192 a strong company that is ready to take on the challenge of boot camp. This starts with learning how to work together. After 08 days we have already seen improvement. We are getting louder, faster, stronger, and most important of all, smarter. With only 08 weeks to get us ready for the fleet, our company commanders have been drilling us from the start. Seemingly impossible time objectives make getting efficient essential. If there are water spots left on the sinks, you come back to find shaving cream, soap and paper towels everywhere! And yes, we get a whole 10 minutes to clean it up. This is a stressfully place, but so are the Coast Guard Cutters we will be on in March. Practice is key. We have to always be on our toes and be prepared for the unexpected. As crazy as our days are, they can be broken up into 06 categories: sleep, chow, physical fitness, classroom time, incentive training, and remedial training. That was ordered from most liked to what you want to avoid. On behalf of Juliet 192 I can say that the guarantee of having 7.5 hours of sleep every night and three square meals a day means a lot. The days are hard, but not endless and by the time you start feeling hungry we are on the way to the galley for our next meal. The food is great and the food service staff brightens our days.

When we’re not in the galley, our company can be found marching around the regiment or back at James Hall. Like I mentioned before, keeping our racks, squad bays, and heads (bathrooms) in tip top shape is very important. We are held to a very high standard. If your shirts aren’t rolled tight enough, your rack could be soon be spread out across the squad bay (labeling is very important)! As of right now, we haven’t been given long periods of time to clean the common areas, so it is best to do things right the first time or you will just have a bigger mess to pick up the next time.

As the days go on we are given more responsibilities and are held to higher standards. Some recruits were given “Petty Officer” positions like Yeoman, Appointments coordinators, Watch coordinators, Religious Petty Officers, and the Historian (us), as well as Squad Leaders who act as the middle man between recruits and the company commanders. Each person in our company is critical. We can use all hands on deck and still fail. Our mission is to become a well function team centered on the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. P.S. Thank you for your letters and continuing support!   Until next week Juliet 192.

 

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.

 

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