Mike 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Mike 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 2, 2016

Graduates: March 25, 2016


M-192 Wk 05 summary


Darwin’s theory of evolution states that in order to survive, an organism must evolve and adapt to its environment. It must grow and gain traits to beat out the odds. This theory can be applied to Mike-192, we must evolve to a more senior company in order to survive in a land of multiple predators. The pinnacle of an evolution took place this week. Monday we started a new routine, get up out of the rack, be dressing in less than 15 minutes, formed up out back, ready to step off for chow. The first day we faced this high paced morning, we had to learn how to take an exhausted frame of a recruit and move as fast as we can if we were fully awake. Not to mention that our first uniform inspection was preceding the morning’s events. We had never faced a uniform inspection before and this one wasn’t to be taken lightly, since the Battalion Commander was to pass down judgment upon us. Boots glimmering, uniform pressed, sharp, gig line squared away and no fly away strings is the way to walk into an inspection. We all were examined for imperfections. As the week climbed on, the long days brought us new knowledge through our classes taught by the staff at seamanship. The Coast Guard isn’t all about marching; we received practical training to take with us to our new duty stations. We learned about radio communications, signal devices, and personal flotation devices. Our instructors in seamanship make us eager to soak in the knowledge.

We were also issued our dress uniforms this week, a game of dress up, ending in a sharp appearance. We learned how to stow them and square them away for the day that we will shine. An evolution toward junior senior company for sure.

Mike has also had the chance to allow shipmates who are leaders step forward and guide us through marching and manual of arms. Our shipmates gladly stepping forward to make sure we are in line and snappy with each executed command. It’s a step in the right direction for all of us. Practice makes perfect, and with Mike, the more the merrier.

Until this point we only talked and dreamed about where we wanted to go. However, the wait was over. We received our orders to our new duty stations. A light has appeared at the end of a long dark tunnel and we can see into the future now. Mike-192 will be stationed across the United States from Alaska to Hawaii. Our orders will change more lives than our own, from our families to the future mariner in distress. This glimmer of hope has much weight on us and will be the focal point when all seems lost.

At the end of the week we faced our biggest transformation, or the largest evolutionary step, yet. On a snowy Friday, we packed every little thing, heaved it all on our backs and marched away from Monroe Hall to Healy Hall. We sure felt official, now being the second most senior company.


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.