Juliet 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Juliet 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 16, 2019

Graduates: June 07, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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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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Juliet 197

Week 02 Summary

How to summarize week 02? If I were to use one word, it would be intense. Week 02 is like the first official week of week of boot camp. Everything before was just admin work. This week was probably the sweatiest week any of us have ever endured. When we were not dealing with being IT (incentively trained), we were getting the first bits of Coast Guard and real military life knowledge. Since the beginning of this journey when we stepped off the bus and onto those famous yellow triangles at Sexton Hall, we have been shocked by how loud and serious the Company Commanders have been. It has been 12 days, 12 days of yelling, 12 days of learning and though it is tough, I love it. If this is what military life is going to be like, I can’t wait.

This all makes sense, everything that they are teaching. They have created an environment of teamwork, hard work, and comradery. While in the galley you are basically running to your chair with a tray of food in your hands, hoping the Company Commanders don’t stop you and ask a required knowledge question that you don’t know the answer to. Maybe um just a weird recruit, but I find it kind of thrilling. Little things like how from day one they yell at us to keep our elbows tucked in when carrying our tray has turned into big things like us keeping our elbows tucked in while handling our imitation M-16s. Who knew they could tie those together. We have been learning things other than how to handle our trays/M16s, like Coast Guard Values, Traditions, and Heroic Coast Guard men and women. Performing courageous acts and setting examples we all want to follow. We are learning about all the programs the Coast Guard and Federal Government have to assist us and our families while we are performing our duties. From Work Life to the GI Bills, we know this great nation has our backs.

In addition to all of the knowledge and IT, we are getting a taste of the physical endurance required for active duty Coast Guard men and women. Constant gym, track and pool time. Including a swim test that humbled the most proficient swimmers in Juliet. Coast Guard boot camp is the real deal.

In the end all we have is each other. No matter how much we miss our families and want to go home to them now, we need our shipmates and they need us. We are going to see this through week 8 and to that beautiful date 07JUN19. We will be new and improved men and women and we are doing that for our families, the Coast Guard, and our Country.

Honor. Respect. Devotion to Duty.

Team Juliet 197


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.