Zulu 193 Recruit Journal Week 05


Zulu 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 10, 2017

Graduates: March 03, 2017


ZULU – 193

Week 05 Summary


What a morning! Today was hands down the best day of recruit training, at least the best event. I would bet money, hell I’d bet everyone’s money that we had the most fun today since our arrival. This morning we ran the Confidence Course. This course is essentially a large playground for adults, outfitted with multiple low hurdles, high hurdles, high bars that you swing over, a cargo net that you climb, a leap of faith, a wall that you scale, and ends with a rope climb. From the sidelines it looks easy but after the first couple of obstacles you are gassed. Ironically enough, it says in the Recruit Rules and Regulations book that we are not to cheer each other on, but today we just couldn’t help it. After all, we are a family. Even Chief Grote got in on the action and climbed the rope. It was a good moment for us. It was one of those moments that can only be shared through struggle, and the world knows we’ve had our fair share of struggles as a company, but the race isn’t over yet.

It may have been a good day, but it was a tough week! This was Search and Rescue week. The time objectives are shorter, the stress is higher and the patience for mistakes is nonexistent. That was beyond evident when day one of SAR week rolled around and the Company Commanders were giving out records of counseling like candy on Halloween. Literally 06 minutes into the week and 25 shipmates getting a record of counsel because they couldn’t meet the shortened time objectives. Not the start we were looking for exactly. SAR week is all about fast response and untimely disaster. For us it was making it to formation in a couple of minutes, but in reality it is about making it to that boat before it sinks or to that little kid before they drown. “When you move slow and can’t get your crap together…mothers bury children because you are too slow” said our Company Commander. That’s some heavy stuff that will sit with you.

To add to the stress of this week we had a Uniform inspection with the Battalion Commander, Senior Chief Pace and even a surprise rack inspection from our Section Commander, Chief Brost. He was even kind enough to bring his friends along for back up. Both of them have this stare where they don’t say anything but you can feel them staring into your soul. Once you feel that stare you know it right away…”I am screwed”. You might as well grab your piece and start warming up because you just know you are going to sweat.

Those two unpleasant inspections leads me to my next point. Zulu may have set a record this week. Wait; belay my last…two records this week. Chief Brost put about 25 kids on probation and Petty Officer Karpf sent the entire company to RAMP, even if it was only for a couple of hours it still sucked.

They say week 05 is the toughest. Judging by our numbers they are not lying. I don’t think it’s a coincidence we got our orders this week. It can take a toll on you when you are getting screamed at all day and metaphorically getting blamed for the death of a child. We needed something to get excited about. Regardless of our orders, station or cutter; we were officially attached to the Coast Guard. The whole freaking reason we signed on the line and raised our right hand was to be a part of the United States Coast Guard. Sure some people just want the fly as hell flight suit, but we did it for a reason. Three weeks to go for Zulu – 193 and while we have our work cut out for us, we are hopeful. We’re still looking for that swag and we still want to get fresh to death. Hopefully we can do it in the next 03 weeks because it is taking a toll on us watching everyone else eat dessert.


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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