Juliet 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Juliet 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 5, 2016

Graduates: February 26, 2016

 

Juliet 192

Week 05 Summary

 

 

On Sunday night of week 04, all of us recruits lay in our racks with eyes wide open, chest beating and completely consumed by anticipation for what was coming for us the next morning… SAR (Search and Rescue week) also know as week 05, also known as the “Week-Five-Dive”. Each day in this week was filled with more information, more training and most importantly more time objectives. With only 15 (one-five) minutes to get up out of our racks, get fully dressed in our operational dress uniform, store all of our gear, and be marched outside at the galley, we realized this was going to be one of the major challenges our company would have to face together as a team. Early on in the week several of us had failed this time objective, however later we learned that if we worked together to accomplish this task, it really was possible. On Monday we had our first uniform inspection by our Battalion Commander. All of us were extremely nervous but most of us passed the inspection and were given great advice on how to look presentable and what we needed to improve upon. In seamanship class we learned about proper U. S Coast Guard radio procedures and etiquettes and we even got to practice on radios in class. On Tuesday we marched to the Uniform Distribution Center and received our tailor fitted dress Bravo Uniforms! All of us were so happy to try on the dress uniforms. As they reminded us of graduation. On Wednesday we learned how to properly don a personal floatation device and learned about what it takes to be a qualified boat crewman in the Coast Guard. We also received our orders and on Thursday were able to receive our Welcome Aboard E-mails. On Friday we learned about travel entitlements and began planning on how we are going to get to our new units. Another major milestone was on Friday night when we are allotted our five minute call to our families. Now it is Saturday and the week is coming to a close. Today we had the wonderful opportunity to meet with our company mentors to go over our orders, share lunch at the galley, and go for a cadence run. Being able to received advice from our mentor’s meant so much to all of us. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and kept motivating us to keep moving forward and to keep working as a team. They reminded us that we are the senior company that still has not earned our colors yet, and said that his would be our next challenge. Now, earning our company colors is one of our top priorities. Today we went on our first company cadence run for 03 miles. We got a change to sing cadence together as the “crazy-crazy Juliet”. As the day came to a close we now start to look towards week 06. There is more responsibility, more expectations, and more objectives. We hope to really start looking like a senior company especially because the junior companies will look to us as examples. Week 06is going to be very busy for us as we will plan our travel, housing, moves and receive our identifications cards. We will also start contacting our unit sponsors, and will learn about firefighting. We look forward to week 06 and earning /putting in the work to earn our colors.

 

SR Rivero

 

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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