Mike 193 Recruit Journal week 04

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Mike 193 Recruit Journal

Formed:    September 06, 2016

Graduates:     October 28, 2016


Recruit training week 04 passed nearly imperceptibly against the Cape May time. The monotony of our days perceivably shifts only by the progress we make. Recruits of Mike-193 live to learn. We breathe in stiff military air and scream out lungfulls of devotion. We hustle every moment.

Never, never slowing until we fall heavy into our racks. Day by day progress grows piling high like a mountain. Some struggle to reach altitude. The air is too thin. Others embrace the climb, fighting to summit on 28OCT16. As our productivity has grown, so too has our responsibility.

Recruits march themselves on the regiment. We take practical classes. We join teams and follow agendas. Week 04 taught Mike-193 to become independent of our company commanders, hours of assigned work made possible by the strength of our integrity and under the direction of our squad leaders.

The company learned basic fire fighting, donning full gear and using real hose techniques. We began colors, the honorable job of raising our nation’s flag(s). We tested our physical ability during the PF assessment and mental competency during the midterm exam. Mike-193 earned the midterm pennant! We chose our desired assignments for the unit we report to after training!

Mike-193 is making real progress towards our careers. As Monday approaches we face an inspection by the Battalion Commander, Senior Chief Food Service Specialist Pace. Anticipation is high; the week will end with major priority to study, and uniform maintenance. A key factor to our week was the weather. The sky opened.

Rain poured down consecutively. It posed many threats to our lovely uniforms and equipment! Not to mention running September’s trend of beautiful sunny days. Fabric rucksacks aren’t waterproof…paper notes and binders within said rucksack aren’t waterproof. Recruits though, we’re good to go! Inside long enough for our trousers to dry, then marching through ponds on the soaked regiment, and soaking again.

This cycle is not recommended for delicates, only dark wash. Comedically the mess hall would periodically erupt in a cacophony of dishes, cups and trays rocketing against the bulkhead. No one can escape slippery tiles! Mike-193 is so damned eager to continue our training! A pace is being set; the motions are becoming steadier as we all morph into new shiny Coast Guard Recruits.


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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