Juliet 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Juliet 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 11, 2017

Graduates: June 2, 2017


So we are coming to the end of Week 03 and a daunting Week 04 is staring us in the face. This is going to be, needs to be, a real transition period for us. A pivotal point in our recruit training which was made apparent by our Company Commanders from the myriad of escapades they put us through this week.


It all started bright and early Sunday morning when we woke up with our heads up our rear ends and couldn’t tell east from west. Okay, a little hiccup to start the day off, but its Sunday and we’ve got 05 hours worth of Divine Hours to fix everything we need to fix, work on whatever we need to work on and get our heads on straight. Not that we did any of that…our racks got torn apart after chow, “that’s not folded right, this doesn’t go here, that’s wrong.” And then came what seemed like a full week of sweat with some valuable learning experiences thrown in.


Halfway through the week we were messing up so terribly that our Company Commanders made us put a piece of tape over where it says U.S. Coast Guard on our Operational Dress Uniform, write “civilian” on the tape and marched us around the regiment with our hands in our pockets, whistling tunes like we ain’t got no care in the world. And when we couldn’t find it in us to clean up our act and get back to actually training, our Company Commanders created the most spectacular mess any of us have ever seen. I’m talking trash covering every square inch of the deck; anything not nailed down was thrown about, mirrors and walls plastered with shampoo and globbed up toilet paper and my personal favorite, a four by four foot mound of 60 pairs of shoes all together in the middle of the quarterdeck. You want to teach a group how to work together, completely trash where they live and then give them 45 minutes to clean it up.


We’re no longer individuals with the freedom to stress about our own problems on our time. We are becoming a single unit that needs to start always looking out for each other, picking up those who are struggling and collectively work together to complete any mission. Chief Bennett, our Lead Company Commander, gave us some words of advice for entering Week 04, be loud and be proud. Wear that uniform with a sense of dignity and respect that won’t embarrass him or the Coast Guard name. We’re going to continue to do our best to accomplish those two things and in the week to come, start truly coming together as a company.


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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