Zulu 195 Recruit Journal Weel 05

Zulu 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 10, 2018

Graduates: June 01, 2018



Week 05 Historian Summary


It’s been a great week for the company. We have finally come together as a team. On Monday we had our operational dress uniform inspection. The company stood at attention for about an hour while being checked for loose threads, unbuttoned buttons and more. Also during the checks each person was asked multiple required knowledge questions. We got a 55 out of 60. We killed it. We have been going to the gym with our company commanders with our good behavior. The company was really excited because they got their orders this week. Many seaman recruits are going to the same cutters. On Friday, rack inspections were conducted. Ditty bags were emptied and squads were looked over for any wrong placement of gear. Everyone has been training for Sunday’s festivities. On Sunday, Zulu-195 will be doing a company run in Cape May. It will be 03 miles running in unison and shouting songs for all of Cape May to hear. People will be cheering us on. Petty Officer Placencia said it will be exhausting but the excitement and pride will keep us going. Zulu-195 is starting to grow and evolve. We are gaining pride for our company. Since we passed the operational dress uniform inspection, the company can have coffee now. It’s much needed with the watches we do at night. The company has even gotten awards with the blood drive pennant and midterm pennant. We are doing well. We were so scared last week, and now we face the storm with pride. We did an obstacle course with our mentors. It was challenging but one of the best experiences our company has had in boot camp. We were able to relax and cheer our shipmates on. The company commanders trained us and made sure no one got hurt. They even helped boost any shipmates up that couldn’t climb certain walls. We have had so much fun we have sunburns tonight. People are walking around with cherry red faces. Next week if all goes well the company will get off base liberty. Everyone is excited to have some down time. We just have to keep working hard. We have been moving fast, soaking up information like sponges and becoming a team. The company commanders have been giving us hours to practice our manual of arms and the seaman recruits have almost learned it perfectly. They need to perfect the timing, which takes team work. We are all hoping for a good week just like the last. Many have been reverted to other companies from these past weeks. The ones that have stayed have learned to listen to the instructions they are given. We are becoming adults. It feels good. But the storm isn’t over. We still have a lot to learn. We have a seamanship test coming up which will be a closed book. We need to start studying up. We know we can do this. We are Zulu-195!


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.