Zulu 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Zulu 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 10, 2017

Graduates: March 03, 2017

 

Week 06! “It’s week 05 you have to worry about, you’ll be fine after that”. Whoever passed on that advice needs a good donkey kick or a Chuck Norris throat chop because week 06 was definitely not easy. We made it through search and rescue week and for us that was a pretty big milestone. We had received multiple shipmates from Yankee-193 for many different disciplinary reasons so we all knew it was tough, and it sure was! Week 06 is firearms week. Congratulations, you beat week 05 (more like survived) so let’s move on to some really cool training. Monday had us in the classroom for most of the day, but that’s fine, I wouldn’t give a loaded gun to just anyone and say GO. It was actually pretty cool to learn how to clean the Sig Sauer P229 DAK .40 caliber. To clean the firearm, you have to know how to take it apart (field strip it) and how many people can say they know how to do that? When you get beat and sweat as much as we do in Zulu company, it’s pretty easy to get excited about anything else so when there was a competition to see who could load a magazine the fastest, we were all over that! Even cooler than handling the handgun was shooting it. I don’t know what was more exciting, shooting a gun or going off base to head to the gun range. This past Tuesday was the first time in six weeks we’ve been anywhere but TRACEN Cape May. Just driving over the property line felt good, not to mention the reassurance that there is still life outside of recruit training.

Things were going well for us and we finally got to hit the gym and “get our swole on” as Chief Grote likes to say. We were getting loud and moving fast which in return Chief Grote rewarded us with chocolate milk and coffee during chow times. Zulu thought they were in the clear…so we thought. Six weeks to turn coffee and chocolate milk on and a little more than six hours to have those privileges taken away from us. That started the 06 week company dive. The wheels started to fall off a little bit for Zulu-193. When you’re in week 06, it means you are one of the senior companies. Senior companies should not be late to time objectives, especially when we proved in Search and Rescue week we can do it in half the time. “So you want to act like week 02 recruits, then we’ll treat you like week 02 recruits!” FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!! “Get a full canteen, arms straight out in front of you.” If you think it’s easy holding a 03 pound canteen full of water out in front of you for 20 minutes, well you couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve never seen so many grown men cry when we conduct that remedial.

Saturday we played everyone’s favorite game…SEABAGS!! Except Chief Grote had a point to prove. We were instructed to pass the seabags down the line, stack them up in a pyramid, and do it all over again until we made it all the way around the parade field, which just happens to be twice the size of a football field. To put this in perspective, we had an hour to get all the way around. Fast forward through the sweat, the snot, the screaming, and the stress we finally did it. After being told multiple times this week that Zulu company was the laughing stock of the regiment and worst company in the history of recruit training, Chief Grote told us that he never had a company pass the seabags around the parade field in that short of time. We did it in 48 minutes! Holy crap put your jackets on because hell just froze over! Zulu did something right for once in our lives! That felt good and we needed that. Zulu was feeling down going into Saturday even with on base liberty our morale was low, but that changed everything in that moment. Chief Grote’s motivation allowed us to go into the rest of the day pumped up and feeling high!

 

Just before liberty we took our tour of the boat pier to see a command center and a small boat station and also had the opportunity to speak with some of the non-rates (a non-rate is what our title will be once we graduate from boot camp) about what life will be like in the fleet. It was good to see what some of us would be doing.

 

Finally…ON BASE LIBERTY!! What’s the focal point of every young person’s life? THEIR PHONE! Well Sunday we got them. Candy…we got it. Fee time, check that off the list. We couldn’t leave the base but were able to talk to our friends and family freely. What a great feeling! It was only a few hours but it felt so good. I think I speak for everyone when I say we needed that. The passing of the seabags around the parade field was definitely the best way to segway into that small window of freedom during on-base liberty.

 

In recruit training, and also in life, there will be times that you’re going to get knocked down, and if you can look up then you can get up. Zulu-193 may make mistakes but I will say this, there is no quit in us!

 

-SR Florentino

 

 

 

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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