Zulu 192 Recruit Journal Week 03


Zulu 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 24, 2016

Graduates: July 15, 2016

ZULU-192 Week 03 Summary

When people go over board or have to abandon ship, they are experiencing one of the worst moments of their lives and praying that the mustang suit they put on keeps them alive in the freezing cold water. To start our 3rd week off that is what we experienced. Having to learn how to don a survival suit and keep ourselves afloat except we are experiencing recruit training and not a life or death situation. Though we are still going through a rough time it’s not as bad as that. What was a bad experience is what we call a “white tornado.” To many of us, it’s short for our company commanders ruining our day by destroying our squad bays and heads. We had never experienced anything like it coming back to our squad bays our racks demolished, shoes knotted together in a pile, sinks filled with toilet paper and mess all over the mirrors and walls. It was the most unbearable thing to witness and the most un-expecting sight to return too. We all are still experiencing some of the aftermath by finding random mess that we over looked while cleaning. It serves as a constant remind that our company commanders can ruin our day at a moment notice. The week wasn’t all bad though, we got to get our military ID’s which gave us a glimmer of hope that we are actually doing something here rather than just having our company commanders make us sweat. Another big moment was to be a part of Uniform-192’s graduation. Seeing the looks on their faces along with the proud families was encouraging and reassuring that this does in fact end. We all just have to wait our turn in line as did all the other companies. Change isn’t easy for a lot of people, it is stressful and brings anxiety and confusion. We were finally getting settled in with our shipmates in each squad bay. Knowing who was snoring at night, who was unorganized, who was smelly, and talked in their sleep. Just as we were all becoming comfortable another big change happened. We all packed our sea bags and passed them around the quarterdeck for what felt like an eternity. Our company commanders decided to mix us all up like dice in a game of Yatsee and put us into new squad bays. We found ourselves in a new home with new rack mates from our company. Having to re-adjust like a fish in new water to the new sounds at night just seems that we will never be able to get comfortable. But that’s how training goes constantly adjusting to new surroundings to prepare us for the job ahead


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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