Juliet 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Juliet 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 5, 2016

Graduates: February 26, 2016

 

JULIET 192

Week 4 Summary

 

What a week for Juliet-192! We have reached the halfway mark of basic training and we closed out the first half with a bang, literally. Week four was jam packed with the physical fitness assessment, the firing range, and the no lie a movie!!! Also we had the midterm, and filled out our dream sheets. I’ll get to the most unexpected part first. After morning chow on Saturday we were marched to Sexton Hall where there were buses waiting to take us to see the movie The Finest Hours. For those that don’t know anything about the film, it is based on the true story of the greatest Coast Guard small boat rescue in history. The film starred Chris Pine as Bernie Webber, who in 1952 saved the lives of thirty-two men off the coast of Chatham, MA. The surprise that we were going off base put a smile on everyone’s face. We had the theater for ourselves. One of our Company Commanders did not approve, “why do you get to go to the movies?” He asked. “You won’t get to watch it before I do”. Sure enough, there he was in the back, sharing in the comfort of the cinema seats that we considered to be clouds from heaven. Many of Juliet’s sleep deprived recruits must have dozed off at one point or another. Once of the guys a row down from me snored. Another had a puddle of drool on his shoulder.

 

Monday and Tuesday we learned firearms safety and how to handle the standard Coast Guard pistol, the SIG P9229R DAK. Wednesday and Thursday, we rode a blissful, stress free, 45 minutes to the firing range and had at it. Out of approximately 80 people, 10-15 had never shot a gun before. The Sig’s appear heavy for a new shooter and the recoil is startling. Regardless of how everyone shot, the key concept learned was safety. On Thursday however, one among us reached legendary status when he scored “expert” (147/150). A feat only accomplished by 10 others before him in a total of 2000 shooters. Eight or so shot “sharpshooter”, a few qualified as “marksman”, but most did not score 114 or above. Only one quarter of us will be wearing the marksmanship pin on graduation. Our instructors were excellent and professional. It was a unique experience for all.

 

This week we filled out our dream sheets. These are the preferences of Districts and types of stations/billets that we are requesting. Nothing is guaranteed, since the needs of the service come first. You could be hoping to go lounge in a Miami Beach but instead get assigned to the coldest district, Alaska. I was surprised to see that so many people were hoping for assignments near home. Outside of marriage and important family conditions, we have been advised that we are too young, and the world is too big, for us to go back to where we come from. This is a seagoing service, filled with amazing opportunities to travel even outside the US. In your next letter, tell your loved one to embrace this opportunity and travel. Most people spend all their earnings trying to visit where we will be stationed.

 

We’ve accomplished a lot, both individually and as a company. We have left the “couch potato” status and have evolved into Seaman Recruits. Upcoming are uniform inspections and manual of arms testing. Soon we will be a senior company and earn our colors, with the physical, midterm, and swim test out of the way, all we need to do now is continue to remain focused and try to evade the end of the stick of our Company Commander’s.   We send much love and positive energy. We are looking forward to calling you all next week!

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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