Zulu 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

Zulu 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 10, 2018

Graduates: June 01, 2018



Week 04 Historian Summary


It’s officially been 01 months ladies and gentleman. It’s something to be proud of. The company has gone through many sweat sessions together and this week they have gotten harder, with us getting stronger. But, there is good news; we have also been in learning mode. We took a firefighting class with Petty Officer Wright who is also our seamanship instructor. For the class we learned how to put on the firefighting gear and man is it heavy. The company took a test and had to put on gear in 05 minutes; then they ran into a smoky room and practiced using the hose on a simulated fire. The room was completely white from the smoke and the seaman recruits had to work together to stay on path. The hardest part was squatting the whole time. The company also has taken their physical test and a multiple choice test on the material taught from the last month. The company is working towards becoming a team. It’s a slow process with the stress, but it will come. The food in the galley puts energy in our exhausted bodies but it’s surprisingly pretty good. Our lead company commander rewarded us with coffee on Saturday which really helped the tired company. Now that we know more about our company commanders, we know more about their roles in our progression. Our lead company commander is Petty Officer Placencia who has 03 roles. He can be an inspiring leader telling us how to have integrity and take responsibility. Then he can be a teacher, but only if we are good and follow the commands given to us. He has taught us manual of arms, how to shine our shoes, and the general knowledge we must know to fight the knowledge sharks in the sea that is boot camp. With the good comes the bad. Petty Officer Placencia can switch when we don’t listen to his instructions and makes us hold our pieces, hold a hawser (rope) over our heads, or just run around going in and out of our clothes with time restraints. They are all exhausting and man do you sweat with 80 people in a room. Petty Officer Shenk is the disciplinarian. He is very serious and is always looking for a reason to make the company sweat. The other assistant company commander is Petty Officer Burrus who is also looking for a sweat sessions but she puts a little bit of rock and roll in it. On Saturday the company stood in the quarterdeck holding their pieces, the hawser and canteens. During this, a speaker was playing “Baby Don’t Hurt Me;” yes, that song from that Saturday Night Live skit. Even though it’s hilarious, the idea of being screamed at and listening to this music, the company has to keep their military bearing and has to look completely monotone. It’s a wild ride and we have another month to go. With each week comes more responsibility; many in the company have jobs. Shipmates Whitehead, Bacon and Ruelas are our yeoman. They assist the company with any paper work and secretarial type duties. The 03 seaman recruits are hardworking and courageous. We also have our squad leaders, Shipmates Hill, Castleton and Cosby who have the responsibility of making sure everything is squared away and the company is working as a team. This upcoming week is going to be a huge change for Zulue0195. Many are scared about what will happen. We have to stay motivated. We must be Semper Paratus!


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.