Zulu 193 Recruit Journal Week 04


Zulu 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 10, 2017

Graduates: March 03, 2017


ZULU – 193

Week 04 Summary


Zulu-193 may be on to something. We were finally loud today. Like real loud! It only took 04 weeks and 06 days but we got loud and we got rewarded for it. We got more free time to do things like shine our boots and other maintenance. Who would have thought the best part of our day would be cleaning? I sure as hell didn’t.

It’s a tradition at TRACEN Cape May to paint a ditty bag for each Company Commander and our two mentors, both Master Chiefs. Better not screw those up. Six ditty bag paintings (a ditty bag is a canvas bag we keep our laundry in) so today we even got coloring time. We got 15 minutes to see who was a good enough artist to be on Chief Grote’s “Davinci” Team. “Hell I don’t give a crap if you can’t draw, draw a stick figure, but you’re gonna draw something”.

But it’s time for our weekly recap, so here is week 04 in a nutshell. Monday hit us like a storm, literally. We thought it had to be a sign that it was the beginning of the end. Long story short, it wasn’t but we survived. We just made it through to do fire week. This week’s classes evolved around firefighting, fire chemistry, equipment, and prevention. The best part about it was acting the part of Damage Controlman. We were in the full get up, head to toe fire suits, tanks, mask, boots, and using a real hose working in 06 person fire teams.

We had our weekly chaplain visit with LT Whitfield this time. Since the Superbowl is tomorrow there weren’t really any sports scores any one cared about. Maybe we will see the highlights at next year’s Superbowl , since I’m gonna go out on a limb and say we won’t have any free time to watch.

Week 04 also had a couple big milestones: our second Physical Fitness assessment and our midterm. Fail the midterm and you risk getting rephased into Alpha. But more importantly fail the fitness test and you risk losing sleep. The only simple way to explain it is sleep is gold around here. However, getting reverted and spending two extra weeks here might be worse that a sand paper roll of toilet paper.

There is some quote about repetition and retention that is way above my pay grade, but it is true. It is obvious that after only a few short days we’ve managed to get our piece nomenclature down. I guess it’s not that tough when you have to scream it 25 times a day standing in the cold after chow while waiting to march. Now, if anyone in the company had any rhythm we could say it with some swag.

This week we had a smile on our face, at least for an hour. We filled out our dream sheets, our way of requesting to be stationed before “A” School. At least we could have a little hope and use our imagination.

Chief Grote said at the beginning that week 05 is the hardest. I think we learned a lot about ourselves and our potential this week. We will be the baddest company on the regiment, so ZULU-13 let’s see what ya got!


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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