Juliet 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Juliet 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 16, 2016

Graduates: October 7, 2016

 

Juliet-193 week 04 summary

Another week down in the books. It was the most important week in many ways. Our company split for the first time (port and starboard side) in order to balance out classes because everyone in the company can’t fit in one class. It was exciting in the beginning of the week; we had a fire fighting class, putting on real oxygen tanks, jump suits etc. and had a blast. Our mornings seemed to have gotten less stressful in some ways. We used to sweat every morning no matter what the circumstance was, but now as long as we complete our objectives, no sweat is needed. Petty Officer Coleman speaks the truth when he says “we dictate our own future.” The winding road of Juliet 193 is beginning to straighten out, slowly but surely. We’ve failed miserably so many times but this week was a change; getting louder and faster has always been the objective and for the first time in 04 weeks, we began doing just that. Being week 04, it marked the halfway point which came along with the mid-term test and physical fitness assessment… most people passed both, thankfully. To set the stress standard even higher, ‘probation’ was assigned again this week. Being on probation is a signal to a recruit ‘step up your game’. Myself, as the historian is on probation and quite frankly, it’s making me a better recruit in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Many recruits look at probation in a negative way, however, it’s designed to give us a second chance to prove ourselves and make progress. In the middle of shining our boondockers (boots) or waiting after a time objective, our whole company reads out required knowledge; it’s like mini study sessions throughout the day which helps us keep up to standard. Our brains are expanding, and physical capabilities are increasing… progress is being made. Toward the middle of the week, our objectives became purpose driven; if you weren’t given 100% for yourself, then it wasn’t fair to your shipmate next to you. As shipmates, we fight, argue, yell at each other, push one another to do better and truly love one another as a family; we are growing as a family. Attitudes are changing from selfish to giving…. 100% dedication and motivation at all times. It’s a rewarding feeling at night to know you gave it your all, pushed yourself more today and accomplished more than yesterday; it’s a feeling every recruit should experience. As long as we recruits apply ourselves 100% of the time, we can do anything and everything. Much of our wisdom and strength comes from our very own, Chief Impey. Moms, dads, grandparents, girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wifes, etc. We are in good hands. Please keep Juliet-193 in your thoughts and prayers, we are on our way to becoming the next generation 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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