Zulu 193 Recruit Journal Week 02


Zulu 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 10, 2017

Graduates: March 03, 2017


Week 02 Summary


Week 02 has had its ups and downs. We find ourselves on Milligan Island, (the name for our new Company Commander Petty Officer Milligan) who was brought in because we are so bad. He’s loud, in your face and intense. It’s been constant Incentive Training due to Zulu-193 not working together and getting loud. We don’t keep our military bearing during class, we slouch in our seats, we don’t keep our thumbs on our trouser seams and then some. Marching has to be our favorite part this week. This week has been about breaking bad habits and accountability. Picture making a mistake and feeling bad about it. Now multiply it by a thousand! The Company Commanders put you in the front of the room or formation and make you watch the rest of the company pay for your mistake while saying “Thank you shipmate, Thank you” or “Hurry up”. It cuts like a knife. I understand why they do these things to us. They want to see how we react under pressure. The other night, we had to fill our sea bags and bring them to the Quarter Deck where we tossed them around until we were loud enough. The constant exercises and repetitive screaming is forcing us to adapt. Until we get it, we will continue to sweat every night until it is our second nature to do things the Coast Guard way.


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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