Mike 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Mike 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 2, 2016

Graduates: March 25, 2016





This week could easily be encompassed by the idea “ the training wheels are off.” With the increased, albeit, simple expectation of perfection, recruits arguably sweat more this week than several weeks combined. As Sunday continued we cleaned, worshipped and studied. With uniforms to maintain while we tried to think about the challenges of the upcoming weeks.

So many exciting and nail biting moments like receiving our orders and fire fighting practical and the best part of all. Liberty! This entire week moved at a dizzying pace. With so many classes and individual objects for us to complete, our training was never more so in our own hands than now. From wakeups, to marching to chow, to maintaining our squad bays and our rigid uniform maintenance schedule. All while trying to maintain a military and professional look is the greatest challenge. We had to focus on required knowledge and classes while our thoughts were divided between phone calls and our new duty stations.

While, our company commanders gave us guidance to the schedule and plan of the day information. We were totally alone and understood that we were responsible to get where we needed to be on time. With the “training wheels off” some shipmates felt a moment of relief, but quickly realized that the entire regiment was watching us. Every watchful eye was peering from every vantage point; making sure Mighty Mike was on the go.

Continuing with more career guidance, shipmates also solidified travel plans to their first duty stations and for a select few even got to speak to their spouse or fiancé. Moments like these are bitter sweet, but it stoked the fires of determination.

With this week moving at a whit knuckle pace the company commanders made time to take us on motivating cadence runs. The cadence run was almost surreal, with the shore line right at our side, the company commanders and company ran on.

Company runs have been paramount for Mighty Mike. The runs are not for speed or distance but more mental fortitude and resilience. Mighty Mike trudges on into week seven with the moto of the Coast Guard. Semper Paratus: Always Ready. We better be.


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.


4 Responses

  1. Liz Costa Marquis says:

    So proud of all of Mike-192!! Only one more weekend there and you’re already in the single digits!! SR Bepko, YOU GOT THIS!! Keep Strong, Stay Focused!!

  2. Rose Linda says:

    Mike 192 you are all on the home stretch !!! Very proud of you SR Bepko keep up the good work !!!

  3. Ann Marie DeLucia Rose says:

    Hang in there Mike 192 you are almost there. SR Bepko grandma is very proud of you !!!

  4. Steven Hind Sr. says:

    Mighty Mike, you are almost there. Do not stop now. Keep up the great work and efforts. You are making us all proud of you.