Mike 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Mike 194 Recruit Journal
Formed: May 12, 2017
Graduates: June 23, 2017

Week 06 Summary

Today was a start of one of the greatest achievements of our entire lives. It started off with a 5K run off base at a Naval Air Station. Once again Mike came out on top as 05 of our shipmates finished in the top 10 spots of the run. A good way to give Chief Reid our final “we are ready” before it finally happened…As we left the run and headed to the beach for some community service we had a triumphant stride in our step and I think Chief Reid could tell. We arrived and were clearing the shoreline of trash when Chief Reid halted us and told us to gather round. She faced us to the ocean and gave us the speech we’ve been waiting so desperately for. It was a speech of our success, of our failures, and of our transformation from kids to Coast Guardsmen and women. It was at the closing of that speech that Chief Reid told us something we will remember for the rest of our lives, ”go get em.” As we turned in our confusion at what her eyes were directed at, we saw it…The colors of Mike-194 planted proudly on the beach and waving in the ocean breeze. We sprinted faster than the beats of our ecstatic hearts as we raised the colors bellowing out cheers as we chanted the Coast Guard Ethos. That moment…we were Mike…And we scurried to the road ready to March with our heads high and colors waving. As we began to March the singing began. Chief Reid taught us the singing of cadence and with moral so high our howls reached to the edges of Cape May and back. We sang and sang of Captain Jack and the railroad track. To top it all off we then named our colors diesel, just our luck that was the name of Chief Reid’s dog. Then came our liberty, the time we’ve all been waiting for. We stuffed our faces with delicious foods as tears and cheers were made to our families, who were so ready to see our faces; One of the most memorable nights of our entire lives. And we have 02 weeks left…but after today we are more ready than we could ever be. Our families heard of our grand success in the range and how we struggled to hurtle sea bags across the parade field…some called loved ones to hear great news of life outside these walls. Others heard tragic news of loss or loved ones who could no longer deal with these kinds of stresses. Not everyone can after all, because what we do is not easy…for anyone, it is all a sacrifice to serve. Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty are earned even in the right to follow. But we all have to persevere, and those who give up have to wash away as we sail off into our futures.


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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