Juliet 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Juliet 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 16, 2016

Graduates: October 7, 2016
Week 06 Summary

 

Drastic change this week could be the topic of week 06 summary. The past few weeks have not only been overwhelming, tiring, and challenging, but it was also motivating and made us not want to settle. This week, Juliet 193 became a senior company (only week 06 – 08 companies are senior). Being a senior company means we own a part of the regiment and “this is our stomping grounds” – Petty Officer Coleman. A lot more is expected of us as far as manners, knowledge and professionalism. Juliet 193 will be looked at more closely and be held to an even higher standard. Looking back at week 01 and thinking about it now is truly amazing; we’ve learned so much about the Coast Guard, how to be a military mannered individual, tons of vital information, how to eat, walk and sleep properly, etc. In a way, it’s become surprisingly easier to learn considering our Company Commanders have taught us how to focus, at a much higher standard. Yesterday evening, we were all brought to the ocean side of the regiment (somewhere we’ve never been) and considering we marched there being yelled at and thinking to ourselves, when will we ever succeed at something, we became extremely shocked with the outcome. We all lined up, one by one, facing the ocean watching the waves crash as Chief Impey gave us a very in depth pep talk. For most of you that don’t know who Chief Impey is, he’s your G.I. Joe looking, patriotic, integrity driven, truth spitting, military minded man of wisdom; he literally could take any situation, and resolve it in the best way possible. Chief Impey told us to look at the ocean and listen; to hear  the waves crashing. “That may be the last sound someone hears before possibly drowning….. look at the water, that may be the last sight someone see’s before possibly drowning… go up the water and taste it.” We all ran to the water and tasted the water (at our discretion). “That’s the last taste someone might have before drowning.” Chief Impey explained the importance of being quick because we are that “someone’s” last line for help. All of us were side by side and deep into our thoughts. Our Company Commanders then told us to turn around…… the amazement and accomplishment feeling began… it was the Juliet flag with her colors: here at basic training, everywhere we march, we carry our Company flag and before becoming a senior company, the flag is white with just the letter “J” on it, pretty bland and boring. It was extremely emotional to see we earned our ‘colors’ and now can march as a legit senior company. Chief Impey then gave us permission to go up and hold the flag….. we all ran to it in excitement and began cheering at the top of our lungs, smiling, yelling the coast guard ethos and feeling proud for the first time in 06 weeks. Again, this was touching and heart lifting; a milestone well reached. Things are beginning to come together here; however in the meantime, we as recruits still have to maintain our military bearing and be sharp for the remainder of our time. God bless the United States, Coast Guard and Juliet 193, week 07 here we come.

 

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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