Mike 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Mike 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 14, 2018

Graduates: Oct 05, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

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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Welcome to the jungle MIKE-196! After rolling into Training Center Cape May the bus went silent. The recruits of MIKE-196 knew these next steps would be challenging ones, and right we were. The ensuing three days consisted of being put through a gauntlet of vaccines, uniform issue and, naturally, being screamed at by Company Commanders. After our pickup ceremony the screaming became condensed down to four people: the Company Commanders of MIKE-196.


Monday was a rough start for all of us. It isn’t every day one wakes up to a screaming whistle and an even louder Company Commander yelling “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!” but here at Cape May it has become expected; usually at 0530. At the galley, when using the peanut butter and jelly station we were specifically instructed to move quickly: “get your PB&J, and go about your day.” The recruits of M-196 have had a little problem with the move quickly part so far.


By Wednesday the company found a small piece of what it will soon become. We started working together, found pride in our small accomplishments (like being actual statues in formation), and introduced some new shipmates to our catch phrases “SWEAT” and “BUSINESS.” On Thursday we learned what it means to serve, what the Coast Guard Core Values are and what we have to do to earn the right to be Coast Guard men and women during Core Values class.


Our Lead Company Commander, Chief Snyder, showed us our company colors (key word: showed). The colors, the company flag and the right to fly them from our guidon, are one of the final things we can earn here in boot camp and symbolize MIKE-196 coming together as a high performing company. We need to put a lot of work into ourselves and the company to fly them, but we are all willing to take that challenge. On Friday we finally started training in the pool. We practiced floating in mustang suits, basically an orange stay-puff marshmallow suit, before doing a swim circuit workout.


Our Lead Company Commander has a saying that sums up our whole first week in MIKE-196: FAIL EARLY, FAIL FORWARD. It is better to fail now, fix it and learn from our mistakes than to fail when lives are on the line. MIKE-196 lives by this, and is pushing into week 03. To our friends and family: we are keeping our heads high and we love you all!

Very Respectfully,



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.