Zulu 193 Recruit Journal Week 03


Zulu 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 10, 2017

Graduates: March 03, 2017



Zulu – 193

Week 03 Summary


“Are you seriously moving that slow? My wife could have a baby before you get where you’re going. Heck, she might have two. You know I am going to name that kid after you…that’s right. I’m gonna name my kid poop salad.” I know we are suppose to keep our military bearing but that one had everyone in the galley laughing. It’s tough to hold that laugh in when got material like that.

As the weeks begin to pass, we are finding ourselves learning more and more in the classroom and pool. Small bits of training and information that will one day be a reality, like donning an emergency flotation suit. It was probably the highlight of the week for most. Other than our weekly chapel meeting with Father Brown who always brings us our weekly report from the outside world; world news, sports, and updates. He’s our comedy central, ESPN, and CNN all rolled into one.

This week’s pool time gave us a chance to experience some real Coast Guard gear with the mustang suits. It was shocking for most, how once you go into the water you just popped right back up. It was as if we were floating in space with no gravity. It was fun for us in the heated, indoor pool but the reality of those suits save lives. People that risk their life to save others wear those same suits. Looking back it just enhances the experience.

Most of the week’s classes were Seamanship, spent learning all about line (rope) and helm commands (steering the boat). We had practicals on tying our five basic knots which included a showdown to find out who could tie a bowline fastest. The second was our helm simulator. Repeat, execute, advise. It was just a small T.V screen but still pretty cool. It’s nice for use because we get a little bit of everything.

They say week three starts the grind. Rookie mistakes are no longer tolerated and it’s not getting any easier. The more we learn the more information we have to be able to rattle off at any moment. The lower level of patience was beyond evident this week. “The red belts” came out. The red belt means you’re on probation and the whole base knows it. Not to mention it means you’re on thin ice and you need to get quizzed every day after chow in front of everyone. Talk about pressure! On top of probation pressure, we got about a dozen new recruits from Yankee Company which just brought our fears of getting reverted to life. Fear can be a scary deterrent, but it can be a powerful motivator. With the new ALPHA-194 company across the hall, it lets us partially relive the terror of INDOC weekend and the forming weeks. Get reverted, and all that sweat and pain was for nothing, and NO one wants to do that again.

We are almost at the half way mark for recruit training, and while the night is darkest just before the dawn, we still see the light at the end of the tunnel.


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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