Zulu 195 Recruit Journal Week 07


Zulu 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 10, 2018

Graduates: June 01, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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Week 07 Summary

The light. We can see the light at the end of this 2 month journey we have traveled. This last week we completed the final exam, manual of arms, and close order drill test. We knocked it out of the water. The crew was in synch shouting their piece nomenclature during the manual of arms test. The company’s special move was making a “chi-chi,” sound before stating each part of the firearm. After we passed the final exam you could feel the sigh of relief from the company. Zulu-195 has been watching the newer recruits going through exactly what we went through in the earlier weeks. The fear, confusion, and screaming. But even with that there is a funny side to it with our company commanders unlike other company commanders. Petty officer Placencia isn’t just a screaming face he is hilarious. It’s like watching a comedy show. He goes up to the recruits keeping watch over their rucksacks and will pick up and put down the rucksacks while the recruits scream, “HALT, property of (company name), you are not in my chain of command,” whenever he picks one of the bags up. He does it maybe 20 times, while we are the audience. He also teaches the younger recruits, which other company commanders don’t usually do. They usually just shout at them. Zulu-195 had debriefs with each of our company commanders. They asked them who they are, what they do in the Coast Guard, and what they thought of the company. The crew got approval to eat sweets and talk in the galley whenever other companies are not there and it’s amazing! The males also got their haircuts to prepare for graduation. Finally I announce, Saturday, we had our off base liberty. The town was really busy, and the weather was fantastic. Some went to the movies, hotel, waterpark, and out to eat. A lot of people stopped us to thank us for our service and asked about how boot camp was and where we were going after this. It was a fun week. Next week we are taking the Murph test. We pass based on participation since it is so hard. We still have some work to do this week until graduation. The recruits can’t wait to see their family after all this time. There will be a lot of tears and hugs. I want to say thank you for reading my posts, having this job got me through the hard times in boot camp. I cannot wait to see all of you on Friday. This is the end for Zulu-195, and the beginning of new adventures. We are proud to have had Petty officer Placencia as our leader, Petty officer Burrus as our musical sweat collector and instructor, and also petty officer Shenk as the nonchalant sweat taker. We are Zulu-195 hear our ROAR!


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.