Mike 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Mike 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 06, 2016

Graduates: October 28, 2016






25SEP16: Mental and physical challenges in boot camp shatter like glass. Teamwork is accrued day by day and cemented in place by, blood sweat and tears of our shipmates. This is a grindstone. We sharpen our senses on the wheel of stress. Expectations become more easily understood as we learn the rigors of life in the Coast Guard.

Our Halls reverberate with cries of success and failure. A recruit must always lift him or herself up on the shoulders of their rack mates. The people we live with must earn mutual respect. How else can you rely on one another in times of peril?

“We’re driving on” says AMT2 Haro. Recruits here earn everything they get. When, one person messes up. The entire company pays the price. However, we don’t blame our weakness on one single recruit. The responsibility to meet time objectives and fulfill work schedules belongs to each and every one of us. Together, we must achieve goals that no one person could, and this level of closeness even if some recruits resent it, has brought M193 to the end of week three.

This Saturday there was a noticeable shift in the weather. The sky was gray and the air was cool. Many recruits took notice to the change and it was a welcome contrast to our daily lives in the sweltering, Cape May heat. Small details that don’t quite fit into the training center have become very noticeable. The wildlife and the ocean are just some of the things that we can hear, but we don’t dare look. We are always keeping our eyes in the invisible boat.

Mike-193 is proud to be where we are and dread, but also look forward to the up and coming weeks. We don’t know exactly what manner of new experiences await us in week four, but most of us will be ready to face our training. With our heads held high we drive on.


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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