Zulu 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

Zulu 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 10, 2018

Graduates: June 01, 2018



Week 06 Historian Summary


Sweet, sweet liberation. It was a week full of mission completes, classes and admin time to set up our arrival plans to our unit. The main event for this week was the firing range. We split the crew into port and starboard side. The first day we went to Goff Hall and learned the steps to firing a firearm. It’s more complicated then how recruits have shot in the past as civilians. The instructors were very serious about our firearm safety rules such as “Always maintain proper muzzle control.” The second day was our evaluation. We had to remember all the information we learned the previous day and some shipmates were nervous about breaking a rule. But when we got there, the instructors taught us so well we did great; oh, and we had a blast. We even got to eat peanut butter and jelly and talk to each other. We never can do that; we always have to look at our trays. Sweet relief. The firing range for the second day was an hour away from regiment. Being in that bus with those cushy seats reminded us of arriving to Cape May, slowly backing up to Sexton Hall, seeing maybe 10 company commanders standing there waiting for us. I know I was trembling. But now we are Zulu-195! We received our colors on Wednesday. For those that don’t know…when we march we have a person carrying a flag with our Zulu symbol. It’s used so if someone is checked out and coming back to the company, they can see the flag and know for sure where to go. When we received our colors, Petty Officer Placencia took us to new waters outside the regiment. He showed us a statue dedicated to those lost at sea. We made a promise to move with a sense of urgency so no one’s name is added to that statue again. We turned around, saw the Zulu flag and ran. “Zulu, Zulu, Zulu! Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty!” was shouted by the company around our new prized possession. Ship mate Castleton named the flag, Delilah. On the walk back to regiment, the company commanders took roll as instructors. We have been moving fast and staying quiet. Petty Officer Placencia works hard to help us get in touch this week. We are grateful to have such great company commanders. They were absolutely hilarious this week; it was like listening to a comedy show while trying to maintain military bearing. It’s amazing when the company works together. On Saturday, we got off base liberty as many of you know. We went to the Exchange and got candy, chips, sodas, whatever. Then we were able to call our family till 2100. Next week we will be taking our final exam which will be closed book. Many are nervous but we can do it. Also on Saturday we will have off base liberty and can stuff our faces with candy again. We have to remain always ready, keep our required knowledge and be a team. If we can do that, it will be a good week. Until next time, Zulu-195! Be proud, have confidence and move those legs fast!


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.