Mike 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Mike 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 2, 2016

Graduates: March 25, 2016

 

MIKE-192 Weekly Summary- Week 03

 

Stumbling, mumbling, and groaning; MIKE-192 stepped away from week 02 hoping things would get easier. Boy, were we wrong! Week 03 brought on more challenges then we were ready for. What does it mean to be in the Coast Guard? Is it all about the glory of being a rescue swimmer or the honor of serving our country? Training to saves lives is very challenging. You have to be fast, loud, and be able to withstand the mental challenges. This week we got a much larger bite of trying to meet the calling of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.

Monday was an exciting day for MIKE-192. Just like in the movies, we headed to the pool to face the beast we would be wrangling. It was survival swim training day. The bright orange coveralls we had been laying our eyes on were finally going to be donned. We were finally doing the things that they actually show you in the recruiting video and the thoughts of being out in the fleet in a survival situation filled our heads as we pulled the survival suits onto our bodies. The command “cross, cover, step off” was given and the orange bodies entered the pool. Smiling is prohibited here, but under each and every hood we were all smiling. Outside the time spent in the gym we are hit with the harsh reality of meeting the high expectations of the Coast Guard’s core values.

Time is precious. Five minutes to change, ten minutes to shower, and only seconds to rush up the steps to form up in an orderly fashion inside the main muster squadbay. Be loud and move fast has been a challenge to all of us. We just need to shake the rest of our old civilian habits off. Each time objective we fail is met with a consequence. We pay the price in sweat. Just like in the real world, mistakes don’t fly here and as we found out on Thursday night, we were unfathomably far behind in our training and discipline. It was so abysmal in fact that the company a week behind us in training were matching us and on average surpassing us on every level. Lately, the squad leaders have been taking the brunt of the company’s short comings and they were going to try their hardest to turn us around. We were able to sneak a peek in one of the senior company’s squadbays. It was immaculate. It was organized and had a visible breakdown of each person’s job. It was at this moment that everything began to sink in. We were failing and unless we stepped up our game, we would be the laughing stock of the Regiment.

Friday we were given a glimpse into the benefits of what happens when we have our act together in the form of evening routine. A light day with minimal incentive training, generous time objectives to clean and work on our uniforms, and even a trip to the gym for a self paced bike workout. Our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Clifford, wanted to show us that boot camp is not all yelling and incentive training; that if we got our act together we could take some of the stress out of boot camp. “You dictate how you want to be trained MIKE” is what she is always telling us. We have to earn these perks and unfortunately I don’t think that concept will click until some of our shipmates are put through the rigors of probation or reversion. We’ve now seen the perks of being on point as a company, but we can’t just reach out and grab it, we have to earn it. Until next week, wish MIKE-192 all the best and keep sending your love and support!

 

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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