Zulu 192 Recruit Journal Week 02


Zulu 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 24, 2016

Graduates: July 15, 2016


ZULU-192 Week 02 Summary


Our first full week with our company commanders was a roller coaster, unfortunately for this roller coaster there was more downs than there were ups. But through the downs we have managed to get by, some better than others, but we are through week 2. After the first week filled with medical screenings, haircuts, and uniform issue we thought we had an idea of what we got ourselves into. We thought WRONG. Once we met our company commanders, the stress and expectations piled up quickly. We had a visit from LT McGraw, one of the chaplains, who sat down with the company and talked to us about what is going on in the outside world while we are here in another world of its own. He informed us about the NBA and NHL playoffs, top 10 songs of the month, politics, and celebrity gossip. It was good to be able to take a break and relax. We all had smiles on our faces. Reality came back real quick though when we found ourselves sweating with pushups, sit-ups and squats again. The most sweat comes from having the entire company packed in a small passageway like a can of sardines yelling as loud as we can for what feels like an eternity. We yelled so much that the portholes even started to sweat to the point SK2 Botts could write “louder” with his finger. Tragedy struck the company when one of our shipmates developed hand, foot and mouth disease. The entire company had to get checked over and disinfect our squad bay to hopefully prevent any further outbreak. Even though we cleaned we didn’t enjoy it for long because soon our CC’s dumped out the trash that we never took out all through our squad bays. All in all our Company Commanders are crazy. They are crazy loud, crazy mean and even crazy funny which makes things harder because if we lose military bearing then a sweat session is soon to follow. One thing that sticks out to everyone in the company ; One night,one of our Company Commanders told us to clean up our crumbs because if not, the cats will come, if the cats are here the dogs will come, if the dogs are here the bears will come and then everyone is in danger because bears eat people. We are really starting to appreciate the small things because with something as little as a joke, makes us still feel human. As the week winds down we start to learn all the different types of recruits. Those that graduate, those that quit, those that get sick and those that get injured. We have experience 3 of the 4 and hopefully we all will be the graduate type in the end.

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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