Mike 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Mike 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 14, 2018

Graduates: Oct 05, 2018


This week MIKE-196 had a choice to prepare for our futures or absolutely face plant when week 05, with its’ milestones, inspections and checkpoints, rolls around. But, before we even began week 04 the company had the honor of marching in the final sunset parade of 2018.


MIKE and the rest of the companies on the regiment were standing front and center at the position of attention in front of what felt like the whole town of Cape May. Just taking part in this tradition boosted the morale of the company, and gave us enough energy to power straight into week 04.


We started Monday with levels of speed and volume we hadn’t yet tapped into. Taking our official pictures kept the positive vibes going (Moms and Dads, get ready to hang these bad boys up because we look snazzy!) Tuesday brought the Close Order Drill evaluation by our Section Commander, Chief Grote. The inspection came as a surprise to us all, we had been preparing but had no idea when it would be. The company was getting ready to march back from the firefighting indoctrination class when we saw Chief Grote walking up in the distance, clipboard in hand. Even though we were caught off-guard we still earned the right to march independently!


This week the company was split evenly into “port” and “starboard” sides since we are so large. Half the company would go to firefighting classes while the other half received cyber security training, which is basically training disguised as a video game.


Something you learn quickly in bootcamp is that “nothing is funny.” Rather, it’s not supposed to be. This is most evident at the galley, where Company Commanders roam like lions in the Sahara; sarcastic, quick thinking, clever, phrase-making lions. If you mess up, you become their prey. One instance this week involved a recruit who couldn’t quite get out the words “uninhibited chemical chain reaction.” The challenge here is maintaining military bearing while the Company Commanders start practicing tongue twisters like “red leather, yellow leather” to demonstrate the ability to annunciate words.


The final highlight of this week was filling out our dream sheets for where we wanted to get stationed. It is crazy how many people want to go to the same places, but there are a lot of us who are seeking adventures in places a lot of others don’t want to go. The grand finale of week 04 was our midterm…and everyone passed! With a company average of 92 we are one of the highest scoring companies in recent memory and earned the first pendant to fly on our company colors whenever we earn them.


Every week we get closer to earning the right to become Coast Guard men and women. Friends and family, we miss you all! (and, thanks to this week’s trip to the barber shop, our hair)


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.