Mike 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Mike 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 06, 2016

Graduates: October 28, 2016


Coast Guard Recruit Company Mike 193 Graduation Program

22Oct16 Week in review.


Today (Saturday) was off base liberty for Mike-193. No doubt you heard we stormed Cape May! Full force blood pumping on caffeine and sugar. Inevitably a group of recruits had a run in with our Company Commanders! After the evening routine, while we stood huddled in main muster, a shipmate stepped forward. He and about 05 were eating at Lucky Bones. He said FS1 Hardy walked past but at first they didn’t recognize her. The majority of the group left for the head leaving him alone. He looked across the bar and awkwardly makes eye contact with AMT2 Haro! “He was looking at me, and now I’m looking at him and it was not good.” Then he notices ME1 Shenk! At this point he is rather anxious. The Company Commanders tell them to stay out of trouble.

Week 07 really felt surreal. We became the senior company! The week began with intense Incentive training led by BME1 Shenk. The company became very unfocused and we paid the price. Early revile began this past Monday, rousing recruits at 0500 and followed directly by a gym workout. We spent the rest of the day taking a thorough CPR.

By Tuesday the company was becoming irritable. Practices for the COD and MOA tests were coming in hot and many mistakes were made repeatedly. The Company took the seamanship final. One smart recruit proudly earned the seamanship award meaning he had scored highest academically and with practical skill sets. The Battalion Officer inspection also took place. The company’s first inspection in the Tropical Blue Uniform.

Wednesday was spent again at seamanship where recruits used line handling skills aboard a model 88 foot ship. We threw heaving lines and properly secured the ship to pier. Wednesday night we practiced close order drill late. Three perfect runs were required to fall back inside. We stayed out a very long while.

Thursday passed within what felt like seconds. The company met with Senior Chief Pace in the Ida Lewis Auditorium. We took our final class with AMT1 Perusin whom was essential to our training! We were filled with anxiety for the tests on Friday; the make it or break it day of week 07.


The company took the final with success. We passed with a high enough majority score to earn another pennant! We worked our butts off for it and it’s something to be proud of. The most interesting part of the week may have been the Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms tests. We marched to the reviewing stand and were called to half right face. We stood nervously before Chief Duncan. Immediately intense confusion seared our senses! We began piece I.T. Up down in outs, front sweeps, squats, and pushups. We were barraged by our company commanders as if it were week 03! Afterwards Chief Duncan seemed pleased. Mike-193 was confused. We were given a full score for the test. A type of pain as tribute.

Just like that an entire week stuffed with learning, anxiety, and sweat is gone forever. Locked away inside our heads. We live to learn at Cape May. To become disciplined individuals and to work as a team. To understand the tumult of serving the nation through any variety of confusing and stressful environments. We are first responders. As week 07 recruits we were given the time to prove our maturity. Very soon Mike-193 will disband forever. Everything we have learned we have demonstrated. We aren’t out of the woods yet but damn we’re close! We’ll lock it on and ride into graduation with pride. Always forward is our motto and forward we go into the void of week 08 getting closer and closer to our careers, family’s, and futures.

SR Young

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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