Juliet 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Juliet 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jul 17, 2018

Graduates: Sep 07, 2018


Saturday August 25th


Today Juiliet-196 marched around Tracen Center Cape May, with our heads up held up, Cinnie flying high singing our cadence’s loud and proud. Receiving our colors has really allowed us to walk around with a swagger about us.

Honestly week 06 has been the most outstanding week Juilet-196 has accomplished as a team. It has been filled with moral and confidence boost all week. We’ve done everything from learning how to shoot and properly and handle firearms and battling with pugil sticks.

As we leave worries of probation and ramp behind us, we discover new worries and obstacles. Worries about real life situations on living arrangements, our new units and finally living on our own away from home. The difficult part of training now is to keep our heads level and keep using the skills and habits that have been implanted is us from week 01. It’s truly a blessing to see all of the sweat, tears, yelling and lack of sleep to really start paying off. As we enter the late week of trainings you start to see our goals and accomplishments show.

We have dug our heels in the ground time and time again but we continue to keep pushing forward. More than half of our company has never used a firearm but we all stepped up to the plate, as a team earning our pennant for firearms. The personal fitness test has shown so many us that if you bust your but, give everything your 100% you can and will earn your goal.

Throughout training our company commander always say “ we don’t have to hold your hand.” Week 06 finally let us break that chain and be on our own as adults. It finally seems like we have the company commander’s trust. In every dramatic and rewarding way, I think that’s what this company has been waiting for. We know they believe in us and that’s why they push us so hard. In the moments we always think its cruel punishments. Then its times like us getting coffee turned on, desserts, evening routines that let us see we earned things as a company. Being told that our company commanders have faith we can get the job done.

Our mentors and his crew kindly welcomed Juliet-196 on board. We toured the entire ship getting a glimpse at our home in the next 02 weeks. During week 06 you have to earn your on base liberty, ours being a uniform inspections. Our cell phones were charging right next door just waiting for us to call our family. As we all line up to get inspected our palms are sweaty and nerves are getting high. We all passed the uniform inspection with pride and big smiles hiding under are straight face. Finally we got to hear the unfamiliar voices of our loved ones giving us more motivation to make it through training.

You may notice in these vlogs I use deserved and earned quit frequently. Chief Orlowicz and his assistants do not ever just hand us anything in training. If we want anything we have to earn every bit of it. We are all so proud to be in Juliet-196. Our company has been through many rough patches and hard ships. All us this has prepared us for when we first arrive at our new unit. We can find comfort in the fact that we truly deserve to be where we are today. That alone is worth more than anything you could ever hand us. See ya’ll in 13 days!


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.