Zulu 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

Zulu 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 15, 2017

Graduates: October 6, 2017

 

Week 06 Summary

 

Just like that, another week has come and gone. This week has been fairly refreshing as our training has taken such a drastic turn. For those who are on the bad end of that spectrum are probably so because they got their wisdom teeth taken out, or because they still think it’s a great idea to act like children. The week has been filled with highlights such as the firing range, getting in contact with their units, and on-base liberty. Though there were many more, these are some of the moments a few of my fellow shipmates as have pointed out when I asked about how they felt the week went. For some, going to the firing range was uncharted waters, but for others it was like putting fish back in the water. Some stood at the line with confidence while others shook at the line. To be honest, some were too confident as they plastered the target with an array of stray shots. Surprisingly enough the less experienced did better than the rest of us. After shooting, it was hard to keep our military bearing as one of my shipmates made the comment, “I think it was the wind,” which was ironic due to the fact that it was an indoor firing range. That was one of those boot camp bloopers that you will not forget. From the firing range to the ring, the recruits of Zulu-194 took it outside for some pugil sticks. Over the past six weeks you better believe that there has been some exchange of words between shipmates. Living in close quarters you can easily believe that would happen. That night we got to beat the mess out of each other and that was probably the best form of release I have ever experienced. Our Company Commanders began to make deals with the recruits that if they knocked each other’s heads off their shoulders that they would get phone calls home that night. I expected a night full of hard knocks, but it was more like a pillow fight for middle school girls. However, there were some big blows such as SR Remillard knocking SR Watkins into last week. Throughout the weeks we were given time to get in contact with our units and find out everything we need to know for when we step off into the fleet in just a couple of weeks. October 6th marks the day Zulu-194 will be disbanded forever into the fleet to make a difference that only time will tell. As some found out what their schedule will be like and their housing arrangements, it makes graduation day more and more desirable. Just like that, Saturday is here, which brings on-base liberty and the return of our cell phones for a few hours. The taste of a coke has never felt as it did tonight. With what felt like normal people, food, and time to talk to loved ones; it made a good end to the day for our loved ones who have been dying to see and hear from the recruits. Just like divine hours, on-base liberty flew by in what felt like a matter of minutes. As we flipped the switch back to recruit mode, we prepare for our final day of week 06, we’ve hit the home stretch. Let’s just hope we can keep it together and keep our uniforms dry for the next 12 days.

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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