Zulu 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

Zulu 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 15, 2017

Graduates: October 6, 2017


Week 04, a week of excitement, nerves, and struggle. As most recruits have gotten into the routing of basic training, ZULU-194 has growing by leaps and bounds compared to week 03. The highlight of the week was filling out our dream sheets, and that is all anyone could talk about for the majority of the following days. The reason being is because that sheet of paper called the “dream sheet” contained everything we wished for in the future, including our desired work location and career dreams. Though everyone filled out their dream sheet, there remains a very stiff reality that some of our shipmates will not make it through training and live that dream. The days are getting less stressful and seemingly quicker. However, what is required of us is becoming more difficult to maintain; as upcoming uniform inspections, rack inspections, and the fear of probation lingers over the heads of all the recruits. As our day filling out dream sheets came to an end, it brought on a nervous feeling as we prepared for our mid-terms. Though we were told it was going to be an open book test, worry and stress filled the air. The weight that the test carries caused quite a bit of sweating amongst the recruits. For two of my fellow shipmates, they should have taken it more seriously because their failure caused a setback in training. Through the roller coaster of emotions this week, it is apparent that this company is beginning to hit stride as we top the hill of basic training. With 26 days left until graduation; the company is still experiencing strife in the ranks as some struggle to find their place in the company. Slowly, the wheat is separating from the shaft as the ones who don’t belong here are disappearing. With that being said, the company is still having to sweat due to the fact that some strugglers still remain. We have to pick train over pain, as this morning we had to do our community service by picking up rocks for a couple of hours. Though the company did not enjoy it, Petty Officer Martinez seemed to be loving that part of the day. With another week in the book and still so much to learn, week 05 holds new opportunities and experiences for us all. Zulu 194’s next milestone is getting their assignments and preparing for our next step. We are one step closer to getting out of Cape May.



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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