Juliet 195 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Juliet 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 7, 2017

Graduates: December 28, 2017


Our first week as a company with our Company Commanders has come to an end. We learned how to salute, march, Manual of Arms, about our GI Bill, and that working out with our pieces is not fun. As the week went by we lost one of our shipmates due to them having a letter in his rucksack when it was not allowed which in turn led to our Company Commanders finding out about him purposefully failing the swim test. We also are almost always missing our time objectives our Company Commanders give which leads us to incentive training either by our own with canteens, or with our pieces now. Nothing is easy but that should not matter because these pushes and loses are prepping us for the real world out there where following the rules matters, being on time matters, being honest matters, and giving it our all. In just this week all the Yeoman’s’ clipboards were broken by our Company Commanders along with having our logbook thrown at the third deck window by one of our Assistant Company Commanders. We also met our mentor this week, but yet there are still many questions left unanswered until we meet him again in week 5 if what is left of Juliet-195 stays together. This week was filled with anger, frustration, and disappointments within ourselves that need to change. We need to find ourselves together to work on passing objectives, marching, sounding off, and making our Company Commanders proud. The galley trips are now more stressful then before as now our Company Commanders are randomly quizzing us on our required knowledge and for us to move much more quickly than we are with our trays. With the new company onboard, our Lead Company Commander wants us to be 04 weeks ahead of Hotel-195 who is on week 06. After evening chow when we are lining up outside the seagulls cackle or their mocking laugh at us. It is like they know somehow that we messed up somehow and out comes “FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!” along with their mocking of us consistently being yelled at. Week 02 is now an end onto week 03.


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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