Juliet 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Juliet 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 5, 2016

Graduates: February 26, 2016
Juliet-192

Week 03 Summary

 

Indoc weekend and the first week were insane! Week 02 was all about punishment and paying for mistakes. Now in week 03 things changed and everyone started being more accountable for their actions. The CC’s started giving out these red belts that at first sight look ridiculous. They are meant to stand out in the distance because they indicate recruits on probation, a delicacy for CC’s at chow who love to munch on these poor innocent souls.

The week started off without a hitch. People who didn’t pass the swim portion of the physical assessment have to wake up early everyday and our company has begun to stand watch duties at night. This is rough stuff! Not only do we sleep only a few hours and now they are being cut short. Regardless of these challenges Juliet-192 perseveres. Looking back on the week we had some really great experiences at the gym and in class. Monday we had to put on “Mustang” survival suits in two minutes and jump in the pool. I could only see my shipmate’s eyes but I could tell that a lot of us were smiling and thinking “this is so cool”. Rinsing off was a shock to the senses because we had to drench ourselves in ice cold water. The bike workouts are excellent! There is music playing in the gym for permanent party members (non-recruits) and those who are brave enough whip out a few dance moves when the CC’s are occupied with yelling at someone on the other side of the room because they are going to slow. We had some intense core workouts, and a terrific but killer circuit workout.

Chow is still a mess. We started getting quizzed on required knowledge, and a lot of people still don’t know it. It is tough because Kilo company is right behind us, so when we go to eat, it’s as if we are trying to steal a steak from a lion. This is like being best friends with other wild beasts; like Bears and Wolves. We try to get up all together to avoid being singled out, but there are always a few who are. The first time you escape you have to consider yourself blessed because sooner or later it will be your turn.

The trek to seamanship classes this week finally brought the reality of winter into our minds. The cold is numbing and the wind chill factor is devastating. I’m pretty sure if we all had a choice we’d rather order pizzas for delivery as opposed to marching to chow.

Friday we had the honor of visiting with Captain Fosse, Master Chief Spencer, and Chief Lynch, our company mentors, who came all the way from Petaluma, California to share bits of wisdom that comes with all their years experience in the Coast Guard.

Saturday we had seamanship class all day. Recruits were tying knots on everything they could find. More than half of us had MRE’s for the first time for lunch. We think that there is a tough week coming up ahead because they have only been getting harder. However I know that Juliet-192 won’t back down from any challenge. We just ask that you keep sending us your love, positive energy and mail!

 

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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