Juliet 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Juliet 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 16, 2016

Graduates: October 7, 2016





Week two…Thank goodness it’s over. Every Morning , it’s FIRE FIRE FIRE, 120 seconds to get to the front of Healy Hall, do some physical exercise otherwise known as “find some freaking real-estate!” We find some space to do some up, downs, push-ups, crunches, squats, flutter kicks, everything!!! The start of week two was extremely overwhelming for some of us shipmates. Monday and Tuesday, I would call, adaptation, to the work, lingo, pressure, stress…the whole nine yards. Class has become an everyday routine, almost as if we were back in school. The AM hours for the day feels like time goes by slow, as if we’re all being taught how to speak, sleep… and even eat!!! Many of us shipmates are beginning to know the faces, and a few names. By about Wednesday/ Thursday it was hammered in our heads perfection is the standard. “Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty is the ‘way of life’ around here and, every single person has to understand that and act with accountability every second, minute, hour, of the day. By mid-week the mess up’s were the same ones and we were for sure paying for it…. with sweat! Every little rule sometimes may seem pointless, but to me, there’s a reason. Our Company Commanders are tough on us.… They’re pushing us, to be men and women of the Life Saving Service…. United States Coast Guard, I know J-193 Company Commanders are the best because I’ve been observing other people in their positions, and none of the other Company Commanders come across as strong , and compassionate and Petty Officer Coleman, Petty Officer Passmore and Chief Impey. Even though they yell some harsh things here and there, it motivates me to correct myself, as well as the other shipmates. As of Friday, it has become evident that now, it’s time to work as a team and power though the exhaustion, fatigue and sweat. This “SYSTEM” has obviously has had huge amount of success for centuries, so it’s our jobs, to keep our military bearing, survive and advance. Last night (Friday) we got our watch schedule which means we have to guard certain posts through the night, and to the next morning, at 0530. The stress is rising, but as Chief Impey said “Always keep your ‘WHY’ strong and close to you.” The “WHY” you joined in the first place and every time I think about that, in the toughest most stressful times such as this fine Saturday night, it bring me peace and strength. A prayer I say for this company, Juliet-193 “lord, please bring me and my shipmates vessels in when we seem to be adrift, Amen.” The storm always ends. It’s just about endurance, strength, and having sheer determination. We’ve all been threatened to be “reverted” (pushed back in training). So for us, I pray that we make proper changes necessary in order to graduate with the best of the best…..Juliet-193


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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