Juliet 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Juliet 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 7, 2017

Graduates: December 28, 2017


WEEK 06 Summary

Another week gone and it flew by like dust by our quick shuffling feet. The weeks are starting to pass by quickly but the days seem long. This week we were separated by port (even roster order numbers) and starboard (odd roster order number) for most of the week as it was fire arms training. We spent the whole day in the classroom learning how to handle the pistol correctly, load/unload and how to react to a misfire. Most importantly we learned how to execute the proper stance in accordance with the United States Coast Guard. We memorized the pistol nomenclature and how to assemble and disassemble the pistol. We spent an hour at each station running through drills and learned the safe/proper sighting. While one side was running thru drills the other side was in the class learning about the first unit reporting guide and had administrative time. We worked on our ranks, shining their boondockers and squad bay maintenance. We ended up being shown again step-by-step how to execute each step as we shivered at the live fire gun range. This week was a roller coaster with many twists and turns as we seemed like chickens loss in the hayfield trying to find their way with thousands of others placed throughout the field. As a company many of us were out on watch for graduation support which led to our downfall and losing our colors. Many mistakes were made and we showed we were not ready for colors. We all had something to do with losing the colors, when all we had to do was listen to what we were told and do what we have been taught. We ended up sweating most of that night and the next day. All of us felt as if we were in a daze. Our Company Commanders treated us like we were back in 02 week. We were not spared a single second as our uniforms were soaked with sweat throughout the night. We spent the next couple days trying to prove to our company commanders that we deserve our colors and that we had 100 percent motivation and dedication at all times just like it states in our recruit rules regulations. It seemed as if the motivational speeches that Petty Officer Toliver played for us in the morning got Juliet motivated enough to earn our colors back right before we had on base liberty. We all went back to our squad bay proud and happy for the rest of the day especially because we all got to speak with our loved ones again. Only one long hard week left and Juliet 195 is the most senior company, we are going to give it our all!


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.