Zulu 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

Zulu 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 15, 2017

Graduates: October 6, 2017


Week 05 Summary


At the end of week 04 we thought the worst was behind us. Technically, it was, but the trials and tribulations that laid ahead caught everyone off guard. Search and Rescue week already makes the week a little tricky with the fast starts to the days and late endings, but that has nothing on what the previous week brought forward. The start of the week started just as the rest with classes and sweat sessions and time to learn from our mistakes. The recruits of Zulu-194 walked the regiment with multiple clouds over their heads as inspections and getting their orders lingered in their minds all day every day. For most of us we could not focus on what we were actually doing throughout the week. With hopes of future glory at our very first stations and the possibilities each recruit will be presented in a few short weeks. As the first few days flew by just like any other, but as Friday rolled around the excitement in our eyes quickly faded as the Section Commanders busted into main muster for the scariest moment in recruit training, rack checks. No matter what type of recruit you have been up to that point in recruit training that very moment defines whether or not you will see the light of week 06 or make a U-turn back into week 05. As some passed and some failed it was a reality check for all as rack inspections turned into ruck sack inspections and then to IT sessions everyone looked at their watches that we were only five hours into what had become the longest day in recruit training thus far. After all was said and done and racks were emptied the day began to turn for the better as nerves were eased as we all knew what was next on the schedule for the day, our orders. As we sat in the classroom with our Company Commanders, slide after slide went by with everyone’s orders as some were ecstatic and others not so much. From Maine to Alaska the recruits of Zulu-194 in a few short weeks will be dispersed across the country to make the change we want to see in the world. But, as we received our orders we got a chance to laugh and cut up with our Company Commanders which only lasted a little while as we had to flip the switch back on and go back to recruit mode. Through the stress week 05 brought we found time to laugh under our breath as our Company Commander do and say some of the funniest things as Petty Officer Passmore kicked Seaman Recruit Banks spit kit into the ceiling tiles and Petty Officer Lakose gave him a high five. That was just one of the high points throughout the week along with Petty Officer Taylor teasing Seaman Recruit Ingram with protein that Ingram seems to be lacking. With week 05 in the books and on to week 06 in view, Zulu-194 had grown so much in the past week and began to come together as a unit our training has began to turn from beatings daily to classes daily and becoming better Coast Guardsmen. For the families of Zulu-194 only twenty more days until you get to see your beloved recruits.


Sealy, D.L.


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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