Mike 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Mike 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 14, 2018

Graduates: Oct 05, 2018


“COME ON O-VER! BOOT CAMP’S NOT OVERRRRR!” Those are some of the lyrics to a cadence that we have been singing. Why are we singing cadences? Because MIKE-196 earned our COLORS this week! With that victory comes the privilege of singing cadences while marching. This week is one we will never forget. Let’s just say, M-196 brought their A-game.

Before the week even started we got to go on an off-base run. What made the run challenging was belting out every cadence our Company Commanders threw our way while running 3 miles. While the extra energy was used running, we all managed to not lower the bar, which set in motion one of the most successful weeks this company has had!

What set this week apart was the amount of independence granted to us and the way we handled it. Monday through Thursday we were all responsible for “remembering how to recruit” when away from our CCs, whether it was at Goff Hall getting ready to shoot live rounds at the range or in class learning about travel entitlements and setting up our moves, we had to prove we were ready to be independent adults about to become Coast Guard men and women.

Our rock solid focus when it was time for business allowed us to drown out all distraction and focus on the front sights of our pistols. The precision of our shooting won the company not only the marksman pennant to hang from our company guidon but also a plaque at Goff Hall for being the most accurate company at the shooting range under the new system which was implemented a year or two ago.

On Wednesday we stepped off for evening chow only to take a right turn towards Station Cape May. As we got closer we saw our mentors standing by the Station’s boats with our Section Commander and the Battalion Commander off to the side. We knew something was up, the suspense built. Were we in trouble? We stopped and faced the Station as our Lead CC talked to us about the sacrifices and missions that have been made by the people who have worked in that building. Then he called About Face. Standing on one of the boats was one of our Mentors, LT Harczak the Commanding Officer of Station Cape May, with our company colors! He handed them off to us and we circled yelling “MIKE-196!” and “Blood, sweat and tears!” We marched around the regiment loud and proud with our colors flapping in the breeze feeling like we could tackle anything that came out way.

If any of this is old news to you it is most likely because you already got these stories on Saturday during all of our phone calls on on-base liberty. It was a refreshing change of pace for the company, having our phones and reconnecting with families within the safety of the harborview. We are counting down the days as they tick down and we gear up for the challenges ahead. See you all soon, we are ready!


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.