Zulu 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

Zulu 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 15, 2017

Graduates: October 6, 2017


As week three draws closer and closer to an end there is a new energy in the company. Though some may not admit it everyone is counting down one way or another. 34 days until Zulu 194 walks across the parade field in front of loved ones they have longed to see. Over the past two days the energy has grown significantly as we have began to mold together not just his shipmates but for most a sense of family. With the recent growth in the company our training is begin beginning to evolve into more than just sweat session but hands-on learning. As many recruits begin to gain confidence the companies volume level has skyrocketed from multiple weak timid voices to one powerful voice that will make the portholes rattle. But as with most junior companies there is a roller coaster effect that goes up and down as one day ends to another beginning. The previous week has proven to the company that there is more to training center Cape May then just learning how to lift medusa from one shoulder to another or holding our canteens in front of our bodies to teach the company to keep their eyes on the boat. But how to tie knots and to follow helm commands of seamanship as well as manual of arms and firefighting basics. Many recruits have complained to one another that they cannot wait to “actually learn something” instead of getting beat day in and day out and these days are growing more and more common to where we are learning instead of sweating as much. Though company commanders have schedules they would like to keep up with it is completely up to the recruits of whether we get to follow their schedule or change the schedule for them from manual of arms training to sweat shop sessions. Slowly but surely a certain percentage of the company has grabbed recruit training by the horns and began to take the smallest bit of information apply to every day task that our company commanders lay before for us. While Zulu 194 is on the eve of week 04 others in the company have yet to realize how literal our company commanders are when they pound the phrase “train or pain” into our “skulls “as DC1 Martinez would like to refer to our heads. As the excitement builds for the milestones that awaits Zulu 194 in week 04 such as our physical fitness exam, midterm and firefighting. But the real excitement is built on the foundation that this is the week we fill out our dreams sheets and hope to get the station or cutter of our dreams as Zulu 194 gets closer to embarking on our first tour in the United States Coast Guard. As the recruits of Zulu 194 prepared to close the door on week 03 and open the door into weeks 04 we may not know the obstacles nor victories in front of us we charge on with reckless abandon by the leader of our company commanders for civilians into proud Coast Guardsman.


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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