Juliet 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Juliet 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 16, 2016

Graduates: October 7, 2016


WEEK 03 Summary

Remember the first time you road your bike? Without the training wheels? That’s what this week has been all about, the training wheels. How can we be successful with carrying on the mission? How can we all work together and be a team? How can we cut back on the mistakes? All of those questions have million dollar answers. Boot camp is becoming more evident that the whole reason we’re here, is to find the answer by, “Figuring it out!” (The most common phrase around these stomping grounds at Training Center Cape May). The start of week 03 has hit hard, however I call it “Adaption” week: survival of the fittest. It seems like the sweating sessions are getting longer, and the mistakes that get us there are beyond bizarre. I’m talking extremely simple things such as keeping your lock on “0”. Throughout the rest of the week you can imagine the tedious small things that go wrong. People within the company are getting irritated and angry to a point where we are arguing with one another. It’s 100% completely understandable why we react that way. By mid-week, some of us were thinking outside the box, saying to each other, don’t focus on the negative energy, but instead start using the energy in the JULIET-193 atmosphere into positive momentum… Again with 80+ minds we will “figure it out”… eventually. Juliet Company is not only dealing with the stress, but now the ‘cape may crud’ has hit the company in full effect. Imagine 80+ people coming from all over the world to live in a tight space together, sickness unleashed! Coughing, running noses, sore throats, fevers, vomiting, and the list goes on. Petty Officer Passmore and Petty Officer Coleman were right when they would yell at recruits for touching their face, and give a ‘just wait for it’ laugh saying your all going to get sick. It’s just another obstacle to add to the frustration. We are thankful for the medical staff and all the medicine as they are helping us all get better. In my eyes this ship is sailing, slowly but surely. It’s time we all start tightening up. Week three marked down in the books, and now it’s time to power through week 04. Being the best you can through all of the sickness and sleep deprivation. Our company commanders are beginning to teach us about ourselves and it’s a blessing in disguise. I pray that we strengthen as a team and start taking more accountability as we power through the storm. BRING ON WEEK 04!


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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