Juliet 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Juliet 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 11, 2017

Graduates: June 2, 2017


WK 06 Summary


So this past week started out with a Sunday evening shower that most of us will never forget. I’m not going to get into the details but if you want to ask your loved ones how Petty Officer Karpf taught them how to take a sea shower I’m sure they will tell you all about it. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Earlier that day we took part in presumably the best team building exercise here in recruit training, the company run. Sunday after Divine Hours we lined up outside of James Hall in physical fitness gear ready to do a three mile off base run led by our Company Commanders in which we trailed the two senior companies. This was also the first time we got to march with our colors, the Juliet flag. That flag pretty flag stood tall and proud instead of the white sheet with a black letter “J” on it that we usually have. Running through a Coast Guard town on a Sunday afternoon while singing cadence as loud as we could with whatever came out of our Company Commanders mouths (again, ask your loved ones about it) all the while staying together as a group made a lot of us proud to show our Company Commanders we were willing and ready for this next week of training.

Too bad no one told us how important this week was or some of us would have run a little harder and sounded off a little louder on that company run. First off we swapped out our “dummy” pieces for our high fidelity pieces which are heavier, louder, and come with a greater understanding of the expectations to be met for our manual of arms/close order drill test in week 07. Also, since we all know where we’re going in just a few weeks, throughout this entire week it has been our responsibility to contact our new units asking questions about all the necessary information we will need to know before reporting for duty as well as making the travel arrangements for leaving here to home and home to said unit. A task greater than most recruits ever expected because come on let’s face it, half the people these days don’t even know how to talk on a phone because they’re too busy texting 24/7 and the other half probably never booked a flight in their life. Some recruits probably never left the town they were born in. Yet after 06 weeks of recruit training you’d be surprises at how poised and professional we are all becoming. The next exciting challenge we faced was firearms training and shooting. Thursday, we all had the chance to head off base to an indoor shooting range to test our hands at marksmanship prior to this however, we undertook an extensive and in depth firearms safety class to ensure no recruit would have to be sent home with one more hole in their body than they came with. The time at the range took up a huge portion of the day, as the instructors made certain to thoroughly review procedures at the range and even allowed many recruits multiple attempts at achieving their desired scores. Everyone gave it their absolute best in hopes of qualifying as a marksman at their first units, but sadly most of the company fell short. Despite this, it was still a pretty awesome day, I mean hell, we got to shoot guns for free and at least we got a break from our Company Commanders for the night.

Next came Friday, one of the most stressful days of recruit training so far in my opinion. For the first time this year graduation was held outside on the Regiment and our company had to stand watch while juggling working on our dress uniforms for the inspection that was later in the day. It’s amazing no one had a meltdown and showed up to the inspection with boots on or their shirt on inside out! I’m glad to say the fact that we passed the inspection had a lot to do with the team building exercises we went through this past week. Like the company run, training for our Manual of Arms/Close Order Drill test and live fire training. Our Company Commanders must have noticed that as well because on Saturday as I’m sure you all already know, we earned our on base liberty which means coffee and cell phones (for a limited time) and good thing because we’ll need that coffee to get us through the week to come.


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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