Mike 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Mike 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 12, 2017

Graduates: June 23, 2017


For Mike 194 Graduation Program:  Will be posted on Thursday http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Portals/3/Documents/TCCM/Documents/M194.pdf


Mike-194, Week 07

It’s strange to say, but the mountain of Recruit Training may have just peaked. After a week of caring for ourselves and completing our daily duties with little hindrance, it’s… easy… now. Though while writing that, I must acknowledge that two of my shipmates are sweating on the quarterdeck after losing military bearing…


We are the top dogs on the Regiment now and our Company Commanders finally can relax and show us the human behind the angry mask of disapproval. Many of us didn’t believe a day of light in their eyes could ever be reached—especially after earning the Section Commander pennant and immediately being stripped of it. But the day came that we had to represent the seniors of the Regiment. The company others could look at and say, “One day, I will be that great.” …and that day is today.


This week we showed that instead of pushing the deck in the hot sun, we can make the time to sweat in the gym. Instead of being marched to and from each class like lost pups, we stamp our feet to the drum and be where we are needed. We eat, sleep, breath, and work by the book with no one reading us the pages. So after those lessons taking such a heavy toll to learn, our Company Commanders had us gather in the squad bays and they sat down… and, well… they told us to relax and talk to them. Most often, sheep don’t talk to wolves, so we were hesitant at first. But little did we realize we were all of the same breed now… and the smiles cracked on our faces as our Company Commanders joked of the failure of our early weeks and the transformation we made from civilians to Coasties. They told us of their families, their journeys, their successes and failures; they even talked about their pets. At that moment the realization came that they have always wanted us to succeed, but with this newfound respect comes the responsibilities of being the leaders we need to be. Let’s just hope that we can keep this demeanor because coming to learn with many things in life, it’s easy to become complacent in life. That’s what this week truly represented after all. In life, it’s easy to fall into the mundane of the day-to-day routine, and laziness follows close behind. But something we have to realize is we joined this Service to get out of the mundane. This week was supposed to show that someone else can’t make you keep striving for greatness. You have to want it. You have to need it. You have to breathe it. And for that we will sing.

Semper Paratus.



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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