MIKE 193 Recruit Journal Week 5

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Mike 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 06, 2016

Graduates: October 28, 2016

Again and again another week passes by. The time warp holds strong to Tracen Cape May. Every day drags by slowly stretching and bulging, feeling limitless. Then snap! The week shoots past you. Did you feel it? Now it’s gone and our training continues. Week 05 is an absolute contrast. Nothing has slowed down, Mike-193 has leaped forward in level or responsibility. Rather that the company is familiar with expectations so that we are expected to have our acts together.


Monday began a fresh cycle of pain. Our company commanders were invigorated to tear us apart. Starting broken and with a kick to the butt might just have been the thing Mike-193 needed! Behind the grueling incentive training this past Monday lay a theme of teamwork. We were able to find design in the brutal evolutions. This has been the week to hit objectives hard and never look back.


Rolling into Tuesday, themes of integrity and honesty took center stage. We learned that life as a team means certain things aren’t about you, it’s about the guy sweating next to you. A shipmate lost his gear. Someone had thrown it away. Not the act itself but the refusal to admit the mistake dragged the evening down a dark hole. Tuesday ended on a powerful moral note. We must be devoted to having trust. Trust that’s built on a foundation of integrity as a team.


Mid-week stress levels rocketed skywards in new ways. Classes became back to back to back. Search and rescue routine was in full swing and self sufficiency began to take hold. Now company Commanders have made a step back. While they focus on busting us up during workouts or in the galley, it became the company’s responsibility to meet time objectives.


During spare schedule hours we drill manual of arms. If we expect to look sharp, every individual shipmate must have impeccable timing or form. Many hours are dedicated to marching, close order drill, or manual of arms. Simultaneously this dedicated time is led by squad leaders who focus on corralling the company into time objectives and classes. Without the to guide our demanding schedule and provide the basis for self sufficiency, the company would seat every night.


Mike-193 is exposed to an endless number of individual weekly experiences. They vary immensely. This week we had a meeting with Lieutenant Junior Grade Parocha, the Battalion Officer. We participated in an optional blood drive. We attended more classes and took more tests than we had thought possible. The most momentous and exciting of all though, our orders. Sometimes it becomes hazy in boot camp. A recruit might forget that we will eventually call ourselves Coast Guardsman. We joined to serve. We pour our blood sweat and tears into evolutions. Screaming Company Commanders can take our souls and kick them around. We can get beat down but Mike’s motto is always forward. We are always plowing ahead. No matter what.


The prospect of leaving to be a member of this remarkable service fills our hearts with pride. Through the camaraderie and followership we learn here, every individual is transformed. Orders give us a focused goal. A visible thing to reach for. To speed towards with courage and all manner of devotion. One day soon we’ll know our place among a sea of dedicated men and women, bravely defending this country.



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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