Juliet 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Juliet 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 5, 2016

Graduates: February 26, 2016

 

 

JULIET 192

Week 6 Summary

 

Wow what a week for Juliet-192. The week was filled with setting up our travel plans for going to our much missed homes, and then travelling to our very first units. It was a great relief for the recruits to finally put plans onto paper. Recruits sat down with yeoman from administration and had their plans set. Recruits also received their common access cards, or military ID’s this week. More than one recruit was completely and utterly shocked about how terribly and worn out they looked, with red rimmed baggy eyes and a total look of exhaustion.

All recruits also had their firefighting practical. Down at Goff Hall they lined up against the bulkhead ready for instruction. Then the damage control instructor yelled the three words that is the root of every recruit’s nightmare “fire fire fire”. The dreaded words were yelled by the nervous recruits as they raced out the hatch into the frozen air and half slid half ran down the sidewalk to the double hatch and into the room with the fire fighting suits and oxygen tanks. Under heavy pressure and scrutiny, they moved against a timer to properly have the masks secure, and the suits properly covering every inch of skin. As soon as the instructors were satisfied, the recruits joined up into four groups and entered the fog filled room. Each one got to spray the hose and had to properly relieve the nozzleman, or the main person in front controlling the spray of the nozzle. Most of the recruits ended up with drenched fire suits, but everyone seemed to have a good time even though it wasn’t real smoke or fire.

This week was also a chance to contact their first unit, and have nerves and fears put at ease and questions answered. Some could not speak to their sponsors because they were underway, so some recruits will have to meet their cutters in different places than originally planned.

The winner of the week hands down though was Saturday. On Friday the night before, recruits were given their phones and plugged them in to charge. Saturday began with our tropical blue long and bravo jackets being inspected. At 1500 they were released. Many recruits stopped by the exchange to buy candy and soda, as well as much needed items like deodorant and razors. Then on to the Harborview Club where recruits relaxed, ate, talked, and called family. Fun times are over though; we’re still at boot camp.

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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