Juliet 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Juliet 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 11, 2017

Graduates: June 2, 2017

 

Week 04 Blog Juliet-194

 

Well we just had one heck of a week. I’m not saying “heck” in the sense that it was very good or very bad, but it was a very full, mentally and physically draining week. A lot of people keep telling us we’re halfway there and it’s almost over. I believe about 80% of our company sees our cup as half full, but we’re almost there and far from done. This week was a huge learning process both individually and as a company.

 

There were three major events that contributed to the overall hype of the week. First off we had our week 04 physical fitness test. Minimum standards for pushups, sit-ups, and running a mile and a half that had to be met or you would find yourself losing more sleep to work out every morning in order to pass. Now you would think that with an important test our Company Commanders would have been easier on us prior, but that was far from the case. At one point the entire company was in tears doing squats. Needless to say the physical strain they place on us pays off because more than 80% of the company passed with no problem.

 

Another test we had to undergo was our midterm examination. We haven’t just been getting worked to the bone for the last 04 weeks; we’ve also been taking classes and studying required knowledge constantly. Another helpful studying method used by our Company Commanders is stopping recruits in the galley or wherever else they feel like it and hounding us with questions that need to be answered loud, proud, and verbatim. None of us would have ever thought this method would pay off but that’s why our Company Commanders are in the position they are in and we are all just a gaggle of crazy echo-ones. Our company ended up scoring an 89% overall on the midterm. This earned us our first pennant that will hang from our guidon. It doesn’t sound like much, but it was a big boost of confidence Juliet-194 needed.

 

Last, but certainly not least, possibly the most important thing we did this week was filling out our dream sheets to determine our first duty assignment. I kid you not, I think everyone’s eyes lit up with talking about the topic of being somewhere other than Training Center Cape May for the first time in 04 weeks. I hope everyone gets their first choices and if I’m not wrong I think after we find out within the next week or so, we get to make a phone call home to inform our families. So families, keep holding out hope and know every day that we grow stronger, smarter, and more confident. Or in a simpler form we are truly becoming “Semper Paratus”.

 

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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