Juliet 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Coast Guard Recruit Company Juliet 192 Graduation Program

Juliet 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 5, 2016

Graduates: February 26, 2016

 

JULIET 192

Week 7 Summary

 

Week 07 was a week full of challenges and new experiences. Juliet Company finally pulled their heads out of their rears and started acting like a team. We had to accomplish two major goals this week which were to pass the manual of arms test as well as the close order drill test; meaning every night we had to practice. Within a three day period we went from a “crap” show to squared away.

We also met our company commanders for the first time. By that I mean the actual people not the thing sitting behind the brim of a hat, that would assure anyone that they have not a soul to speak of, not the fear inspiring sentinel that would rather see our faces dripping to the floor than smiling but the real them. So we met for the first time the people who have been yelling, screaming and sweating us for the past 7 weeks and we loved them. We shared stories sometimes from both perspectives; one from the perspective of the recruit/crying side and the other from the company commander/laughing side, it was stupefying. They told us about the times when we would do something stupid and they would go back to the office to laugh, and other times when they would make us do something stupid like flying around the galley with our wings/arms straight out screaming I want to be a airplane when I grow up, or moving in slow motion while screaming “tiny, tiny, baby steps” while marching to a trash can. Oh what fond memories we shared, us receiving pain, them dishing it out like candy with a tracker wrapping. On a serious note though this was a pivotal moment in our companies history it was the first time that the members of Juliet company had been recognized as people, as equals, as shipmates, and as coastguardsman.

Shortly after they showed us that they recognized us and our hard work they set us free for a short amount of time so we could see what it was like to be seen as a coast guardsmen in the outside world. It was a new kind of incentive training, the incentive this time is to make it out of the Cape May gate and never look back. Which in all honesty was always the goal but now it seems to be for some at least an obtainable reality. Juliet 192 proved strong through and through though sustaining large blows their wills continue to overcome and triumph any adversary or adversity that may come their way ready to fight and fight hard for graduation day to finally say goodbye to Tracen Cape May. That said the war continues.

 

–         SR Armstrong

 

 

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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