Zulu 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

Zulu 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 15, 2017

Graduates: October 6, 2017


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In the early days of recruit training while holding canteens over our heads or holding sniper position for what felt like hours upon hours. We never thought that we would ever survive long enough to make it to week seven. But, in the blur of sweat and screaming our faces off week seven somehow snuck up on us and is officially coming to an end. Week seven is one of those weeks that feels like an eternity because you know you are only one week away, but there is a whole lot that still stands in the way of Graduation day. Just like every other week we hit the ground running except we hit the ground thirty minutes earlier than the earlier weeks. For the recruits that thirty minutes makes a huge difference when it comes to what type of mood you and your shipmates are in for the day. Because, for some reason we don’t take naps here. Those early mornings make us lean more on each other to get rolling with the day. Every week we have grown closer and closer to the point now that the majority of us call each other brother or something of that nature. This company has grown into something special over the past seven weeks and it is beginning to show as our company commanders have been to loosen up a little bit. They are slowly, but surely treating us like shipmates. This week we began addressing them like normal members of the coast guard instead of the crazy recruits screaming our faces off every day. It is a strange feeling looking our company commanders in the eyes now since just a few weeks ago we would have been killed just one week ago for doing that. Along with that new task this week brought our final exam. Our days are full of classes and required knowledge all throughout recruit training and this is where the cream rises. All of the hours in the classroom and studying must of paid off as we earned the final exam pennant for our beloved company colors. In that same day we had another big test that some of the company was more worried about than the final exam. That was our manual of arms and close order drill test in front of our Section Commander. The fear of not knowing the movements and when to do the proper facing movement was not what worried most recruits, but the fear of being called up front and center by Chief Samuels. Luckily, he only called up one of our shipmates and that was Seaman Recruit Hudock who almost nailed, but stumbled a little when asked who the Training Duty Officer was. Even with that we still earned our Section Commander pennant adding two new pennants within a few hours of each other. With all of the hustle and bustle of week seven when our Company Commanders found time they gave us their personal debriefings and began to kind of let us know the real them instead of just the Company Commander side. All of the debriefings were a little surprising, but the one that caught the company of guard was Petty Officer Martinez. Since the beginning Petty Officer Martinez has been our main beater and seen to be extremely ruthless with his sweat sessions. But, when he sat down in the chair he changed completely. After the Coast Guard he could easily become a comedian though he made us laugh he also began to tell sea stories and it began to give accounts that helped explain the reason why he has been so tough on us. It has been pounded into our heads that we joined a life saving business and that when we don’t do our job people die. Petty Officer Martinez has definitely taught us that and helped us understand exactly that. Saturday was the highlight of the week because that meant off base liberty. We were all smiles as we put on our Tropical dress uniform and got ready to walk off base and spend the day being a “normal human” again. Those eleven hours flew by and soon we had to get back to work. The time on our phones with family and friends was a refreshing feeling after so long with minimum contact. We ended the week on a high note by going through the confidence course. For some that was more of a mountain to climb than others, but we all made it through without any injuries besides some bruises for the parallel bars, I think Seaman Recruits Carr’s were the worst out of us all. Week Seven was a good week for Zulu-194 as we learned to lean more on one another and also grow as individuals. During the week Our Lead Company Commander Petty Officer Taylor got an email from Chaplin Whitfield about how our Company did the best he had ever seen during a choir practice and impressed him as no other Company has. Zulu-194 has become a well oiled machined full of amazing Coasties to be that will make their difference. Bring on week eight.



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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