Juliet 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Juliet 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 11, 2017

Graduates: June 2, 2017


Let’s touch base on the word that’s been lingering over Juliet-194 this past week, freedom. Yeah not a word you’d think to be associated with basic training, boot camp like setting but freedom is staring us in the face saying, “I’m here, take me.” That’s if we can handle it. And I don’t mean freedom like about to get out of prison and into the real world freedom, I mean it in the sense of responsibility and starting to “adult” ourselves as our Company Commanders would say. For instance, we’ve begun to march ourselves around the regiment, that means no more Company Commander holding our hand everywhere we go, the training wheels are off. We are responsible for knowing where we need to be and when we need to be there and to get ourselves there in time without getting chewed out by any other Company Commanders along the way. For some reason we can’t get that last part right 100% of the time and it’s a real slap in the face when your Company Commanders tell you that the company a week behind yours marching looks better.


Speaking of getting rid of our wrongs, a handful of shipmates in Juliet-194 are now in Kilo-194, the company a week behind us. Some people call that reversion or thinning out the herd, but I like to refer to it as good housekeeping. A top notch company should be clean, sharp, and always ready and you can’t be that company if you’ve got dirt kicking around. We’re starting to look more like a team, focusing more on training and less on sweating and making fewer big mistakes.


Lastly I’ll end the blog this week in relation to how I ended it last week and how I started it today. Last week I talked about filling out our dream sheets (top 04 locations we would like to be stationed after basic training) and I started today off talking about freedom (leaving this beautiful tourist trap called Cape May) so combined, this past Friday, we found out our first assignments upon graduation. We’ve got shipmates going to Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, Detroit, and even have a shipmate going to a river buoy tender somewhere in the middle of the country!


Receiving our first orders and asking questions about each one has made us all realize just how much the Coast Guard does for the United States and world around and has us all excited to be a part of that team in just a few weeks. But first, before we can call ourselves Coast Guardsmen, we have to start talking like one, dressing like one, and acting like one. Juliet is coming together more as a team each day and communicating better than I’d thought we would be at this point so if we can stay fast be loud and walk proud we will e the finest looking company on the Regiment before we know it.


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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