Mike 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Mike 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 2, 2016

Graduates: March 25, 2016


Hey we did it! We have made it over the hill of boot camp; four more weeks to go until we see our loved ones and their smiling faces! So much has happened this week in our training, and things are becoming more official. We kicked off our week with Monday night pictures. Each and every one of us dressed into our dress uniforms. Pride swelled in our chests and we checked ourselves over in the mirrors to see gentlemen and strong women looking back. We sure looked handsome for our pictures. This would be the picture that we will pass on to our children and their children after them.

Wednesday was the day to get our game faces on; it was the day of our physical fitness assessment. A lot of us stepped up to the plate this time around. Shipmates who could barely crank out five pushups were going high above their requirements. Perhaps all of our incentive training was paying off after all. Want to build up your strength, try holding heavy objects over your head day in and day out. The run hardly challenged us; perhaps going up and down the ladder well has given us hidden strength. By the end of the assessment there was very few of us who truly failed, and those who did didn’t fail by much.

Following our moment to prove ourselves, we were given our dream sheets. Lately we have felt the unknowns of our new journey; boot camp is unpredictable at times. However we were now given an opportunity to control our destiny. Our minds opened up and visions of seeing the world entertained our brains. Our dreams of travel, getting the “heck out of dodge” can come to a reality. It’s time to leave our small towns, and we told the Coast Guard where our deepest desires are to start our new chapter. Some of us felt the pang of home sickness and gave every reason under the sun why we wanted to go back home to serve close to family. We will find out next week where our destinies lie, crossing our fingers for all our dreams to come true.

Aside from work and “locking it in” we did find play this week. Every man and woman of Mike Company got their fill of live fire training. For the first time since our arrival we left the base, on the same bus we arrived on. Our bodies relaxed and our eyes took in the sights of New Jersey. We didn’t have to keep our “eyes in the boat” and we had the chance to give color to our shipmates, good conversation and laughter. After 45 minutes of relaxation we reached the range, the same one used by the U.S. Marshals and spotless inside. Here we would find out what skills we have channeled up inside for marksmanship. Those who never shot before would come out of their bubble and learn not to be afraid of “bang, bang, bang”. Our training officer, Commander Scott, was also there to observe, he huddled us around and pointed out a plaque hanging on the podium. He told us that it holds the names of “expert” shooters. Only one in 200 make expert and he said he had yet to see one. It was our time to shine, one of our shipmates locked in on target and a new expert marksman was born. Commander Scott was blown away and now Mike 192 will be with our shipmates name on that plaque.

We wrapped up the week with our midterm exam, which was more like a test review than anything else. Academically and physically we met our challenges for the week with a little bit of fun mixed in between. Word down the street is that week 05 will bring challenges and rewards; we welcome them as well as another fresh week to right wrongs and continue to transform.



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.