Zulu 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Zulu 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 24, 2016

Graduates: July 15, 2016

 

Zulu-192 Week 05 Blog

As week 05 draws to a close for Zulu, certain aspects are made clear; with 03 weeks left, we still have a long way to go. As it is with larger companies, many recruits often don’t receive enough “face time” with their Company Commanders and therefore don’t develop the necessary communication skills. Many freeze up and stammer when asked the most basic of questions. In order to increase confidence and identify problem areas, focused incentive training and remedial exercises have been implemented. It is NO secret that this is frustrating for the recruits as well as the Company Commanders. All that is asked of us is maximum effort, but for some that is too much. It is that point in training however, where such behavior will result in the departure from Zulu-192.

Not all was doom and gloom. A momentous milestone was reached as Zulu received their orders. After being marched to the beach, we gazed upon the ocean, our future office and place of work. Waves crashed as one by one we announced our futures. It was a proud and exciting moment, one we won’t soon forget. The next day, we were taken to what is known as the Confidence Course. It is a series of obstacles designed to help recruits overcome mental barriers and boost morale. We all happily cheered our shipmates as they cleared the course. There we were with our Company Mentors, Admiral Anderson and Senior Chief Thompson and most extremely excited and were allowed to ask our mentors questions about our assignments.

 

Through all of the uplifting moments and tumultuous trials, we have become a slightly more cohesive unit. Though nowhere near done, we can still be proud of our progress, with any luck, and even more effort, Zulu-192 may yet become prepared to proudly serve our country.

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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