Juliet 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Juliet 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 16, 2016

Graduates: October 7, 2016

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company Juliet 193 Graduation Program

 

Week 07 Summary

 

It’s the beginning of the end. Many ‘relieving’ events happened this week. First things first, after 07 weeks of so many classes and study sessions between head and water breaks, it all paid off; every single one of us passed our final exam and got the final exam pennant for scoring a specific average or higher. They really ought to call this place ‘Cape May Institute’. Many of us were stressing the final exam because there was a closed book section with 20 questions and I can’t say it was the easiest however we overcame that. Another major thing that happened this week was our Close order drill / Manual of arms test. Again, this took 07 weeks to train for and we really didn’t master everything until the night before our test. For those of you that don’t know what this is, close order drill is a section of the test that evaluates us as a formation, marching with our pieces. Manual of arms is the other half of the test where we are evaluated as a formation to perform techniques / tricks with our pieces. The greatest thing about our COA / MOA test is that after we passed it with 8 out of 10 scoring average, we then turned our pieces in for good. You all have probably heard all of the ‘fun’ sweat sessions we’ve had with our pieces…. So getting rid of them was a major stress reliever. As week 07 progressed, our company commanders made a lot more funnier comments. Petty officers Coleman and Passmore could be on Comedy Central, easy. One of the most challenging things yet has been trying to hold in laughter while our company commanders made some funny remarks. Both Petty officer Coleman and Petty officer Passmore gave their ‘debriefs’ this week which is a time where ‘the switch turns off’ for a few minutes and we got to ask them questions about the fleet, where they’re from and helpful advice. Its weird finding out that we’ve been getting yelled at by these funny / cool / honorable people. Boot camp for the most part is absolutely worth it and pays off. The highlight of this week is most definitely off base liberty. In all seriousness, we’ve all been talking about this day for the past 07 weeks and had detailed plans about what we were going to do, and none of the ‘plans’ actually happened. It was all good though, we still had a blast. A lot of us got hotel rooms at the Red Roof Inn (The front desk people are some of the nicest people you’ll meet) and watched college football. It finally hit a lot of us that we are now in the military. For the friends and families that have encouraged us through this, thank you so much. Every single one of us has worked extremely hard to get to this point and couldn’t be more thankful. It’s not over until Friday 11:00 am but the light is at the end of the tunnel.

 

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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