Zulu 194 Recruit Journal Week 01/02


Zulu 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 15, 2017

Graduates: October 6, 2017


Zulu 194’s first two weeks at Training Center Cape May has been stuffed full of new information. Right off the bus last Tuesday, we had already begun learning about the Coast Guard and what is expected of us. Throughout forming, which is the first 04 days, we learned about the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Our forming CC’s made it very clear that we are now bound by those laws, and we are expected to conform. At the end of week 01, we meet our company commanders who will be our mentors until we graduate., Things started moving much quicker at this point, and our Company Commanders made it obvious they weren’t playing games. Although stern, the company commanders are fair, and they make it clear what they expect from us. For instance, on Sundays the whole regiment gets 05 hours of free time from 0800-1300. For our first divine hours we had homework which outlined everything that was expected from us after those hours. Unfortunately, Z-194 was not very successful in the task. And the company commanders showed us their dislike. Later that day we got a tour of the regiment.

Throughout the week Z-194 began learning basic military customs and courtesies, the rank structure of the United States Coast Guard, our benefits, and the values the Coast Guard holds. Although the classes themselves are not too difficult, it can be difficult to stay awake during them.

The information taught in classes is extremely important to recruit survival. Now sitting here at the end of week 02, most of the company is exhausted but for the most part eager. Even though most of us are sick, sore, and exhausted, we’re adjusting to our life here at Training Center Cape May. It may be hard to see now, but every day we’re getting closer to becoming well functioning members of the Coast Guard.


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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