Mike 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Mike 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 5, 2017

Graduates: January 26, 2018


M-195 Weekly Summary

Saturday, Saturday is said to be “for the boys” but for Mike-195 Saturday is for nothing but punishment. This concludes week 05 of recruit training for Mike-195. Known in recruit training as “Search and Reversion week” to the recruits, the official name given is “Search and Rescue week” recruits are woken up via alarm or bullhorn and are given 5 minutes to get dressed and leave for chow. It sounds easy, but too far from the truth that statement is. It took us until day 03 for everyone to be “online” in time; Mike-195 lost a lot of shipmates to rephasal this week. Many recruits have been moved to junior companies for various reasons. The stress level placed on the remaining recruits has skyrocketed due to the massive drop in recruits. We have the largest probation count we have had since starting recruit training. The little things are starting to matter now, how you sound off, how you dress, knowing your required knowledge… The little mistakes can send you to a new company. This week is designed to filter out the weak. Petty Officer Allen has told us time and time again, “You do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. You move fast and get loud, you get me Mike?” Which we reply to with “Yes Petty Officer Allen!” Mike-195 swallowed our hearts and stepped on our lungs this week because we had our surprise uniform inspection by our Section Commander. Like being judged by the president, his word is stone. Every recruit failed and the feeling of defeat set in. Later into week 05, Training Center Cape May was hit with a foot of snow in the form of a raging blizzard! Limited to zero visibility and wind gusts up to 20mph. Mike-195 was called to shovel snow. Into the raging gusts of wind and ice. Mike-195 shouted the Coast Guard Ethos over the raging winds to let the entire regiment know, it was Mike-195 that trains in rain or shine, snow or heat. We yelled the Ethos to show this was our duty, and no matter what, were always ready! Were now beginning week 06, we’ve come a long way, there’s more to be done, but Mike-195 is proud to be training as Coast Guard men and women! Until next week!



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.