Mike 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Mike 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 12, 2017

Graduates: June 23, 2017


Only three weeks left! Well that’s the built in optimism of this Saturday, full of confidence boosting and valuable information from our mentors. Although it sounds satirical, it was indeed a day we could really relax…Well it’s easy to relax when an Admiral and two Lieutenants tell you to. They even sat at afternoon chow with us; going as far as to let us talk at the table, which god forbid you do any other day. We even got a smirk or two out of our Company Commanders, while we hurtled the many obstacles of the confidence course. For the first time in boot camp we could smirk back…of course after our mentors left we got an entire days worth of sweat in, but it’s were almost used to it by now, even if it gets more strenuous every time…That is how you could summarize the entire week actually. Of course we could fill an Olympic swimming pool with all the sweating we’ve had to do. But we finally started to get teamwork down; we even grew to like one another. Pushing ourselves every day to do better by one another and assists each other if needed. We almost did it naturally being so distracted by Petty Officer Babot’s timed event training. We just naturally figured out the only way to beat the clock was to make sure everyone was done at once not to be the fastest and not to be the slowest. After all we are one unit and if one is slow were all slow. We managed to do well enough on some time objectives that Chief Reid even let us go to the gym! If we stay on this steady incline, we might even earn coffee! Now aside from all this good news there were plenty of bleak perils we faced this week….and not all of us made it through. Days were our Battalion Commander and our Section Commander took a microscope to us like we were ants; as you would expect, we got fried. We lost 14 recruits that day… reverted a week back in training for everything from physical strength to having a messy rack. It has not been easy; everything that happened this week took one hundred percent from us; and we earned it, maybe not coffee or a pat on the back; but we earned the right to trudge on as one. But we keep close to our thoughts, the people at home cheering us on. The loved ones we called and gave orders of our new adventures to come now by that phone call, that they are one of the driving forces to keep us moving on.

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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