Juliet 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Juliet 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 11, 2017

Graduates: June 2, 2017



Week 02 Blog Juliet-194


It has been a trying week for Juliet-194. As the smallest company on the regiment with 54 recruits you’d think that we would catch on to the way things work here quicker. Be more like the rabbit and less like the turtle. Unfortunately, it seems like this past week we’ve been more like the turtle for sure. Maybe slow and steady does win the race, but right now our Company Commanders demand fast and loud. Our loved ones would probably say something like “stick with it, you’re just late bloomers.”

One thing I do know about moving like a turtle is that slow and steady doesn’t save lives. Fast and deliberate is how people are saved. Everything in recruit training has to be done fast and without error. From making your rack, moving from one place to another, and even eating your food, everything has to be done quickly and with pride. You also have to be loud as hell to show you actually want to be here and you aren’t just going through the motions.

Today specifically I think we may have found our voice though. For once we were as loud today as the first day that we formed just one long week ago. Maybe we found incentive to do so through the extra sweat sessions we are given each day due to lazy, immature recruit mistakes. Maybe it is those sweat sessions that made us finally realize that in order to succeed we need to be one single unit and no longer individuals. Like our Company Commanders have been saying, “There is a purpose for everything.” Everything in recruit training has a purpose and reason. The sooner we realize that and stop making the dumb mistakes the sooner we will be truly considered Coast Guardsmen. With that being said, now that we found our voice it is up to us to follow through with the rest of our Company Commanders lofty expectations.


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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