Juliet 196 Recruit Journal Weeks 01/02

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Juliet 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jul 17, 2018

Graduates: Sep 07, 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 01 through 02: We rounded the corner, half of Juliet Company waited anxiously as we began to see what looked like people moving around the entrance of the building. These shiny new faces were about to get the shock of a life time. The doors open and screaming begins from the outside. Time to let the games begin. Our bags are lined up, “Grab a bag and get online Go, Go, Go!” Panic, confusion, and running from one place to another begin. Our first task in a long, long list of games to come. The first night for our forming company was stressful, but the days following just blended together like one long slide show. Bouncing from medical to dental to sexton hall, it’s a miracle in its self that we didn’t lose anyone, well at least not on the base. Our company decreased in numbers as we lost some to dental, it further decreased as we reached another milestone, our first physical fitness test as recruits in Juliet Company. Our ranks dwindled as recruit after recruit failed the test in one way or another. Where some failed many excelled. Whether it be killing the run, smashing pushups, many physical prowess began. Later that day we formed and became Juliet Company as we’re picked up by a team of Company Commanders. With all our gear and optimism we marched to Healy Hall, our new home for the next 07 weeks. The moment we meet our new Company Commanders it was loud and terrifying, that continued till…..well it’s still happening, but some of us are slowly adjusting to it. Our first weekend as Juliet Company flew by. From our first “Fire, Fire, Fire” to the chaos at chow the day came and went like sand through an hour glass and let me say you never get used to being woken up to screaming and running outside. Saturday was the first full day as Juliet Company and our first taste of some of the games our Company Commanders had prepared for us. Let’s just say we knew we were in for a long 08 weeks. When Saturday night rolled around we picked and were ordered to take charge of our jobs within the company. The Squad leaders have been dwindling and only 02 still have their jobs, shipmate Alvarez and Hobson. Several other jobs were assigned such as watch coordinators, yeoman, laundry detail, guidon bearers, and many more that are a crucial role in Juliet Company. Without these jobs our company would be a jumbled mess when Sunday came another couple of firsts happened, our first divine hours and more importantly our completion of our first week. Who knew a week could go by so fast. Our second week came with more firsts our first inspection to our first introduction to required knowledge. We learned our rates and ranks, granted we are not the greatest at it but we try and try again. In the days that followed we went to several classes, met our gym instructor Mr. Schena, who unlike most people here doesn’t yell at us that often. He has lead us through many workouts including swim. Some of us past the swim test and some have to get up super early to practice swimming until they pass. We learned manual of arms and close order drill. The most amazing thing that happened this week was receiving letters from home. They seem to reignite the fire within our shipmates, so please keep them coming.


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.