Zulu 192 Recruit Journal Week 06


Zulu 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 24, 2016

Graduates: July 15, 2016


Zulu-192 Week 06 Blog

This week has been a roller coaster ride! Our company takes one step forward and three steps back, but as the week progressed we seemed to be moving like Michael Jackson. We experienced all the highs and lows of learning and earning. We had the opportunity to “get gains” in hopes of being like BM1 Uitdenhowen. Those of us with spaghetti arms really took advantage of this opportunity! We got to experience the hellish thrill of putting out a simulated fire during our firefighting practical’s and the overwhelming and unexpected visit from Chief Reid.


Saturday morning we all peed our pants when we were awoken by SK2 Botts and MK2 Howell a whole half hour early. We were immediately herded outside, unaware of why these insane Company Commanders were waking us up like a bunch of animals. We ran our swollen legs off for what seemed like forever, until we reached the roaring seas, where we saw our company colors basking in the wind. It was an enormous bonding experience for all of us, as this was the first time we have felt like a “real” company! We marched to the galley loud and proud and BM1 Uitdenhowen let the sweetest words roll off her tongue… “You people earned chocolate milk; you better drink 18 glasses of that.” The smiles on our faces could be seen from outer space. A vast majority of us even had the opportunity to enjoy on base liberty. It was unreal to fell like a human for six hours and to eat our weight in junk food. We were able to reunite with our family and friends on our cell phones, and recover from the beatings and hardships of the week. It was tough coming back to the house, but we were able to switch right back into our military bearing.


Zulu is really starting to improve as a company and receiving our colors had a lot to do with it. We are ready for the challenges of week seven, but most of all we are ready to go home and be real members of the United States Coast Guard!



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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