Juliet 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Juliet 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 16, 2016

Graduates: October 7, 2016

 

Juliet-193 Week 05 Summary

Search and Rescue (SAR) week complete! In the real world of the Coast Guard, whenever a SAR alarm goes off, it means someone is in distress and needs immediate assistance. A Coast Guard member has 15 minutes to wake up from dead sleep, put on an operational dress uniform, prepare the boat, get proper gear, check list for all equipment, prepare weapons and then head out to the rescue. This is why time is so crucial in this business. Every day this week, Juliet 193 has managed to wake up at 5:30 in the morning, rush to the head, put our operational dress uniform, get back to our rack, store our night clothes, make our rack and then beat feet to the back of the building to step off for chow and be there by 5:45. A lot of team work and bonding this week. We came closer as a family, pushed each other and helped one another to get faster, and learn new techniques. Joining a new family, that’s not blood, and accepting one another for who they are is a priceless feeling. This week has consisted of a ton of classes explaining the fleet out in the Coast Guard, what it will be like once we arrive, and the in’s and out’s. The instructors here at Training Center Cape May are more than helpful with preparing us for the real world and they will continue to until we leave. Week 05 has been good overall, minus the fact we won’t be having weekly visits from the Chaplin anymore. As many of you know, last week we submitted requests for our orders and finally got responses yesterday, September 16; this day marks the turning point in recruit training. We finally got to hear our loved ones voices on the phone, while explaining our plans for life after basic training, which got emotional for many of us, but in a good way. One more week and we will have our cell phones for 07 plus hours and we can have all the catching up with family and friends. With that being said, friends and family, please hang in there for one more week! One of our company mentors, Commander Long (very good man) informed us today that he’s been checking in with the Juliet 193 Facebook page and says we have a great amount of support from you all and we appreciate it so much… it’s a warming feeling to hear that. Thank you all for the support and for leading us here! Today has been the ‘eye opener’ of recruit training; reason being, is because we completed the ‘Confidence Course’ which is an extreme level obstacle course. What was very noticeable and different was that our Company Commanders were supporting us, assisting us, pushing us, explaining better techniques…. All sorts of good stuff. Every shipmate was pushing each other to do better and cheering them on. Just a lot of good was spread today. One shipmate I want to point out is Seaman recruit Leiva; I saw her tearing up and getting emotional and asked her what was wrong. Her response was heartwarming and got me a little emotional as well. SR Leiva explained that her father does obstacle courses all the time and before arriving to basic training, she couldn’t even complete one section of any obstacles. As she was telling me this, we were on the 13th section of the Confidence course and SR Leiva completed every single one of them… talk about sheer determination and focus! This course requires upper and lower body strength and discipline and we all managed to power through it. Another week down in the books, bring it on week 06.

 

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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