Juliet 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Juliet 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 11, 2017

Graduates: June 2, 2017


Juliet 194 Graduation Program:  Will be Posted on Wednesday



Week 07 Blog Juliet-194


There’s a certain transformation that recruits undergo in the 08 weeks here at Training Center Cape May. Although I don’t know each step of the process, I do know that by week 07 recruits should be proficient in knowledge and exude the Coast Guard core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. Something Juliet company also learned this week is that we are no longer individuals but a single unit. We are working together to achieve a common goal. We thought we figured this out last Sunday after one of the toughest days we’ve had in recruit training. That morning started with “fire, fire, fire” and there were only two minutes after waking up to burn all of the junk food we consumed during on base liberty. After divine hours we did our 03 miles off base run, but all we could think in the back of our minds was “the storm is coming!” This phrase made our company commanders unusually happy which scared all of us. There was good reason as the rest of the day was grueling. After a 03 mile trek around base where we carried all of our belongings we were taken to the beach. Our backs ached and legs throbbed but we gave it our all and in the end earned our colors. This was the symbol of our company now being a senior company on regiment.


We thought we had it all figured out until a few shipmates dropped their guard which introduced a whole new side to our company commanders. Our lack of focus and sloppiness cost us dearly as only shortly after earning our colors we were stripped of them. Our Section Commander paid a visit to our squad bay and the mess we left behind more than embarrassed our Lead Company Commander. He was the angriest we’d seen and to be honest it was downright terrifying. For the next day and a half we were left at the mercy of our Assistant Company Commander who humbled us by having us march with our heads down and pushed it father by having us clean junior weeks of training squad bays.


Eventually we redeemed ourselves and earned back our colors. More important than earning back our colors we wanted to earn back the respect of our Lead Company Commander which we did by cleaning our squad bays to perfection and being locked back on. We earned more pennants for our guidon, including the final exam pennant and seamanship pennant showing our knowledge was where it truly needed to be. The biggest test was our Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms test which we had been working nearly all 07 weeks to do. We impressed our Section Commander and Lead, and managed to earn desserts and off base liberty. Off base was yet another test to show that we truly earned the title of Coast Guardsmen and that we could handle ourselves in uniform in public. I can proudly say that Juliet company did that, and will continue to give 110% and take pride in all that we do.



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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