Juliet 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Juliet 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 16, 2019

Graduates: June 07, 2019


Week 04 Summary

Week 04 is officially in the books! It’s been another roller coaster that moved a little slower than last week. The slower movement had us all savoring the highs and suffering through the lows. Highs included acing our midterm and playing fireman for a bit, while the lows were losing more shipmates and our hair again. We have climbed halfway up the mountain known as TRACEN Cape May and we are still hanging tough.

We have our moments, some of them on top of the world and others face down in the mud. For the most part boot camp has been a lot of mud. This is by far one of the hardest things we’ve ever done. This week there were less tears at mail time and more excited faces. We filled out our dream sheets which are basically our requests for our first stations. Unless you have guaranteed A-school or district it’s all up to the detailer where you go. After filling out that sheet just thinking about being a part of the Coast Guard fills my little recruit heart with pride. Before coming to boot camp, I thought it would be physically demanding but doable. That wasn’t the case at all. This is day in and day out the worst/best experience and is far more mentally challenging. A total curve ball, but explains why my recruiter didn’t disclose too much information about what to expect. I can say with lifted chest I love being involved with the Coast Guard and excited to experience the roles and missions we’ve learned about. Hopefully we will find ourselves or at least better versions of ourselves in the next 04 weeks.

We must become a unit because that is exactly how it will be in the Coast Guard. It’s one of the biggest reasons I joined. I wanted to be part of a unit as opposed to one of many like some of the other services. These next 04 weeks we must come together as a team even if we lose more shipmates. The marching, firefighting, dream sheets, midterm, and team building all work to make Juliet-197 better every day and every week. It needs to continue if we are to be successful here and in our careers. Until next time Semper Paratus!

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.