Juliet 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Juliet 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 16, 2019

Graduates: June 07, 2019


Week 05 is in the books!! Heck of a week that’s had its share of challenging moments as well as exceptional ones. Let’s get the challenging moments out of the way so we can get to how big the awesome moments were. The week consisted mostly of sweat and the battalion commander inspection. The inspection was pure chaos caused by the section commanders tearing our racks and squad bays apart. Somehow we survived with minor casualties, 02 shipmates ended up on probation.

Now for the fun stuff. We got our orders!!! We got to call home!!! We are starting to see the very distant light at the end of the tunnel. On top of those major milestones, we got managed to earn a few other perks this week including coffee. Many of us are going to cutters, some to stations, and one to a Kentucky river tender where he will be on watch for dueling banjos. Regardless of where we are going, we are all excited! It’s like the Coast Guards version of Dr. Seuss’s book “Oh the places you’ll go”

Phone calls brought tears and a lot of smiles. We are all hanging onto the memory of the voices from home that we haven’t heard in over a month. It is driving us to be better sons, daughters, husbands, wives, etc. It’s been great to see our shipmates grow and step up to face challenges like those time objectives that gave us so much trouble early on.

We never thought boot camp could change how you think until now. It’s not fake, we are becoming Coasties! Pretty soon it will be our Juliet flag flying over the regiment letting everyone know who the senior company is. Petty Officer Hardy’s last company is going out with style!

Team Juliet


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.