Mike 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Mike 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 5, 2017

Graduates: January 26, 2018


M-195 Week 06 Summary

Today marks the end of week 06! And today is when Mike-195 is officially bestowed as a senior company on the regiment. This week Mike-195 was split into 02 companies, like week 04. This allows more instruction to take place on different ends during the week. Throughout this week, recruits were given time to contact their units. We were given our first duty station orders last week, so this week recruits needed to start the process of moving, transporting, and contacting their first units. It’s a stressful process especially for recruits who are 18 years old and have never lived away from home. Our company commanders certainly don’t hold our hands through this process, but they set us up for success. That’s the whole recruit training mindset. Since the beginning, they had to break the civilian habits out of us, and then rebuild us back up. They’ve always set us up for success; we’ve just needed to “Adult” a little bit.

Petty Officer Allen has always said, “Mike-195 doesn’t take prisoners, we don’t take no for an answer, and if you see us coming you better get of our way or we will run you over.” Mike-195 also did firearms training this week. We were trained how to strip, clean, and properly shoot the Sig Sauer P229. A .40 caliber pistol that is used by the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Community. Finally, today, Sunday 14JAN18, we became recognized as a team, unit, and brother/sisterhood connection on the regiment. All throughout recruit training, you’re fighting to earn your colors. “Colors” are the signifying flags that each company has the mark of a senior company. Today were called to main muster with a full water canteen and full Gore-Tex. Petty Officer Allen came into the squad bay in a rage. He shouted “Where is it?” it had appeared someone had contraband and all of our company commanders knew about it… But there was no contraband. We knew better, regardless our company commanders tore our racks apart. Looking, searching, and yelling for it. Still no one had the supposed contraband. “Nobody wants to talk?!” our company commanders continued to yell at us. We were then ordered to form up to march. Petty Officer Allen proceeded to march us towards the beach. But this was no ordinary relaxing day at the beach. When we arrived in the sand with our heavy winter gear and our heavy boots, we proceeded to do incentive training on the beach. After enough suffering Petty Officer Allen ordered us to our feet and told stated, “You see the ocean Mike! This is soon to be your new office. The most beautiful and unforgiving thing known to man. We’re training you all to be life savers, so that when the time comes, you sound off, you move with a sense of urgency, and you complete the mission!” He then ordered us to an about face, and there it was, by the rest of our company commanders, our flag, Mike-195 flag, our colors. “You see something you want?” Petty Officer Allen stated, and then we replied, “Yes Petty Officer Allen” After being told then go get it, we charged through the sand and grabbed our colors with pride. We earned our Colors! Mike-195 is charging into week 07 with pride and determination to make it to graduation. Until next week, stay stone cold Mike.




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.