Mike 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Mike 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 06, 2016

Graduates: October 28, 2016

 

15OCT16

 

Week 06 is almost over! What an amazing experience. During the past 06 days Mike Company has matured tenfold. So many momentous events fill our days. With yet more responsibility and self reliance we creep towards graduation, stumbling into less and less roadblocks along the way.

The largest challenge recruits continue to face as a ccompany is maintaining a ‘locked on’ demeanor. With the onset of liberty, administration time, or singing cadence in formation some of us cannot stand loud and proud! The most important thing now more than ever is to tighten down any horseplay. Following the rules as if it were still weeks 04 or 05. Inspections, tests, and more classes surely await us in week 07.

Monday began with a twist. Starboard and port sides; the company is split in two. A very valuable learning curve is functioning without a leader. While port shipmates began firearm training, starboard learns inspection arms, the seamless cadence of retracting the bolt and looking for stray brass. Familiar as we are with the M-16,  Mike made a devastating mistake. Called to order arms, bolt still locked to rear, we hit our butt-caps onto the deck. No! Never ever do this. Ever! Unless that is, you’re into sniper position with hi-fidelity pieces. By the end of the day Mike-193 is back together and dressed for a run. Taking a back road and jogging it out we began cadence.

By Tuesday morning Mike was deep into uniform fittings and later in the day learning about travel arrangements. From boot camp to leave, to your new duty station, a wide variety of travel options can be chosen. Will you fly, drive, or combine the two? How much will the Coast Guard reimburse you? All to be answered soon!

Wednesday was without a doubt the most chock full, busting at the sides day. It was so danged inspiring it took 02 nights to write about. Starboard side began firearms training at Goff Hall. That is operating the Sig Sauer P229 DAK. We learned safety and operating techniques of the handgun. My shipmates and I all passed the 07 hour course with mixed results. Following class Mike-193 regrouped and ran the sunset 5K a charity event. The race was a fantastic opportunity to see the beauty of Cape May. After the sun fell we marched towards the beach. This was a complete surprise. What happened next Mike will never forget. The company formed 15 meters from the ocean. The moon shone down and cast AMT2 Haro in shadow. Against the crash of the waves he inspired us with a short speech. The company about faced and there standing tall in the dunes was Mike-193’s new colors. We encircled the flag and screamed out the coast guard ethos. We had turned a major corner in our training.

Completing firearm training meant that Starboard side was now ready for the firing range. After safety briefings we began firing. Amazingly many recruits were able to qualify with a score of 115!

The next day (Friday afternoon) we were ready for more action. Donning padded vest and football helmets Mike took up pugil sticks. We contested against each other in a fun contest of strength and speed.

Our company commanders must have secret tactics concerning personality. The contrast between weeks 02 and 06 is immense. No doubt they’ll still kick our butts but something has changed. A direct correlation to the expectations they have of us.

On base liberty was met with great enthusiasm. The company seemed stuck in slow motion throughout the day. When liberty did arrive recruits purchased junk food at the exchange, and made hour’s long phone calls to their families. It was fantastic to have a casual conversation. Most recruits aren’t homesick by this time in training, only missing loved ones more than ever. The privilege was gratefully utilized a treasure at the bottom of a boot camp mineshaft.

 

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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