Mike 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Mike 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 14, 2018

Graduates: Oct 05, 2018


Week 03, 27AUG18-02SEP18


MIKE-196 checking back in for our weekly update of life at Training Center Cape May. All we can say is- WHAT A WEEK. Entering week 03, we found ourselves trying to square away ourselves during divine hours. For those of you who don’t know, “Divine Hours,” is a period of five hours given to us recruits to essentially take a break from training. During this time you can read/write letters go to any worship service, talk quietly, etc; Most of us spend it perfecting our racks and ironing our uniforms. Not much later we found out that even if you make a good rack but don’t show up on time, you end up packing up that well-made rack into your seabag and then pay for your tardiness in SWEAT. It was quite a wake-up call for MIKE.. Even though we are allotted the time doesn’t mean we should take our time.

The next day we were in class with our Section Commander who was instructing us on the Coast Guard’s Zero-Tolerance policy on bullying and hazing. The company got a glimpse of the morals that are required to be good, helpful, and encouraging shipmates. It was made quite clear that only good shipmates can graduate from this Training Center.

Tuesday was a refreshing step in the right direction for the company: A) We got our military identification cards, and B) We had our very first Seamanship class. We learned a large amount of nautical terminology, and during our breaks we had an opportunity to read about BM1 Bernie Webber (whom the Seamanship Hall is named after). That day also marked the beginning of band, drill and color guard practice. while some of us have to get up at 0445 for extra swim/physical fitness practice, it still beats waking up to FIRE, FIRE, FIRE.

Wednesday and Thursday were quite similar because we spent the majority of each in Seamanship classes, learning Knot Tying and Helm Commands (so we at least have some sort of idea of how to drive a cutter). On Thursday, however, we actually managed to earn a MIKE flag that now hangs on our side of the Quarterdeck (the place where company business is conducted). It is our first sign of truly coming together as a company and it feels great to walk by it every day.

Friday, we said goodbye to INDIA-196, who finally graduated. Lucky them. Seeing all of their families walk around the regiment reminded us of why we are here and the indescribable feeling that we are working towards. We also had the honor of witnessing our Regimental Officer get promoted to Commander- a huge milestone in an Officers career. It was truly inspirational to witness an advancement because it is something we all aspire to do in our Coast Guard careers. We have found ourselves one week closer and we certainly don’t plan on stopping now. Keep on encouraging us as we march into week 04, we are going to need it. To our friends, families and loved ones: We love you all and can’t wait to make you proud.


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.