Zulu 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Zulu 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 10, 2017

Graduates: March 03, 2017

 

WK 07 Summary

 

Well Zulu fans we’ve reached the final chapter. We have successfully completed week 07 and what a week it was. It was our first full week with our colors and it felt good. It was nice to walk around with all that confidence because this week we needed it. Week 07 brought us a few big exams and a couple firsts as well.

Since receiving our colors last Sunday, Chief Grote has been pretty generous when it comes to singing cadence with us. Not going to lie, he talked a big game about his cadence and he didn’t disappoint us. He’s always said we’ll be the best company on the regiment; well what’s more awesome than singing a cadence while marching around with your colors? How about marching around with colors while singing a cadence about Chuck Norris….. Yeah!!

In week 07 you get a tiny little bit more respect, and by that I mean you’re treated the exact same you just get to use the weights at the gym. Instead of just doing Piece IT to wake us up we went to the gym every morning. Zulu was up at 0500 and at the gym by 0530 to get our swole on. I know it’s only February but some people are going to be underway in the Caribbean in a couple of weeks. Can you say beach season?

One of the best parts about this week was being on our own. We were a senior company and we were self reliant, we got to march ourselves for most of the day. It kind of felt like getting your driver’s license again. Driving by yourself going to pick up your friends, it gave a sense of pride and freedom. But hands down; we were proud this week. We walked and marched with our chests out and chin up because it was the first time another Company Commander called us a senior company. It sucks when you’re the junior company getting made fun of but when you’re the senior company in that situation you get all sorts of fired up. “Hey Delta cover your ears!! You don’t deserve to listen to a senior company.” Or when a Company Commander just said “Show ‘em what you got Zulu.” That might have been the loudest we ever were. Zulu didn’t yell back we roared.

Like most weeks we had a lot of classes but this week were the final classes. We said good bye to Chief Wolfe who was in charge of Zulu’s academics throughout our time here at Cape May. While some of the classes weren’t so interesting Chief Wolfe was. Hopefully we’ll get to thank him before we leave. At the end of each class there is a small test, so it makes sense that at the end of Recruit Training we’d have a final. Except nothing makes sense here so we had 03 finals; Seamanship, Overall Final, and Manual of Arms/Close or Drill. There were definitely some hurdles but at the end of day Zulu-193 came out on top and earning 03 Pennants for our guidon.

Next to Graduation there’s one big day, Off Base Liberty. In most cases it’s the day after Graduation for the company ahead of you. It’s a big day! It’s the first day as the senior company, the day we return our pieces to the Armory, but not before Chief Grote put us through one last piece IT session. Off base liberty is a 12 hour reminder that you are still a human being. We got to explore off base and be free. Some recruits saw movies, some are junk food, and some took naps. It’s just one last reminder to finish strong and know that the light at the end of the tunnel is near. But make no mistake, today was a test just as important as the final.

 

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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