Zulu 192 Recruit Journal Week 07


Zulu 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 24, 2016

Graduates: July 15, 2016


Coast Guard Recruit Company Zulu 192 Graduation Program


Zulu Week 07 Summary


Surprisingly, Week 07 has been the best week Zulu Company has had while at Training Center Cape May. Despite having to wake up a whole half hour early, we have managed to really come together and are striving to meet every time objective. We have overcome many obstacles and the bonds we have developed with our shipmates and shockingly our Company Commanders are unbreakable. Zelda is filled with dreadlocks and proudly sways in the wind, echoing the cadences of the confident and zealous company. The coffee we earned this week was literally a gift from God, and has legitimately helped us survive our final days here. We are still anxiously waiting for BM1 Uitdenhowen to grant us the privilege of desserts. However, we may not even appreciate the sugary treats since all of us indulged in junk food for hours during our off-base liberty. Even though off base liberty was in our minds all week, the most memorable moments were definitely associated with the debriefing given by SK2 Boots and MK2 Howell. Our Company has gained a whole new respect for them after they spoke to us like human beings and cracked jokes with us. We learned that there were reasons behind all of the torture they have out us through, and that their job is ultimately to help us become devoted trustworthy members of the United States Coast Guard. Off-base liberty was a huge wake up call for the majority of us, as we were not aware how much the public truly appreciated what we are doing. People were constantly thanking us for our service, shaking our hands, and even offering to pay for our meals. This definitely instilled a sense of pride in us, and gave us the determination and motivation to push through these last 06 days. We do not know what Week 08 holds, but we do know that at some point BM1 Uitdenhowen will FINALLY sit down and conduct her debriefing. There are so many questions pondering around din our hollow skulls, despite the fact that most of us have already creeped on her Facebook trying to find anything about her. Every night we sit at the desk filled with our shipmates Coast Guard Covers and we wonder when we will be fortunate enough to wear them. Graduation is rolling up on us and the sweet aroma of freedom is in the air!

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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