Mike 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Mike 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 5, 2017

Graduates: January 26, 2018


MIKE-195 weekly summary:

Week 04 is settling down and the highly anticipated week 05 is fast approaching. This week recruits from Mike-195 were given “off-base” liberty for Christmas. Families opened their doors for recruits to enjoy a home cooked meal once again since before we all started our training. This week Mike-195 was thrown into the hot plate… literally! It was firefighting week for Mike-195. As a Coast Guardsman or woman, you must be qualified and knowledgeable to fight any fire that could threaten the safety of our ships and our crew members. This week recruits were given a short time objective to dawn all required gear, and fight a simulated fire with a team. 60 pounds of gear, crouched down, in a completely smoked out room, fighting a simulated fire. Truly a surreal moment for the recruits of Mike-195. The company as a whole continues to butt heads in stressful situations, but that’s how families are. Coming up on the stressful week 05, teamwork is essential. Mike-195 had a beautiful moment as a team… as the weeks continue, less company punishment will be given, and just those who are responsible are submitted to incentive training. Squad leaders are responsible for separate squad bays and the company when the company commanders are not present. After committing some egregious infraction to rules, squad leaders were ordered to carry “big blue” for the company mistakes. A heavy piece of line (rope) that scares recruits by the mere sight of it. The squad leaders held “big blue” in front of the company shouting “Don’t worry shipmates, we’ll carry your weight!” we were sweating , screaming, and eventually crying in front of a silent company. They watched as we paid for foolish mistakes…until one voice shouted out, “Chief Rowton, I request permission to carry line!” Chief Rowton declined the request. One voice became two, and two became three, and eventually, the silent company became a thunderous roar of “Chief Rowton, I request permission to carry line!” Tears of awe and happiness ran down the squad leaders faces. It was at this moment everyone knew, teamwork is what is needed to get through recruit training. We’re here for each other. Recruit training is a good equalizer. It does not matter your race, your gender, who you call god, or your social status. All that matters is your will to succeed. Recruits of Mike-195 also took their mid-term exam this week, the official “halfway” mark of recruit training. Remember recruit training doesn’t get easier, we just adapt, and we’re adapting into week 05!

SR Steele and SR Skeirik


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.