Juliet 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Juliet 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 16, 2019

Graduates: June 07, 2019


Week 06 Summary

Week 06 is in the books for Juliet-197. Another fast paced week packed with admin time, sweat, firearms training, liberty, and cell phones. Let’s start with admin time. Since we all received our orders, we are now expected to complete tasks to prepare ourselves for our first units. Fellow Coast Guard men and women are waiting on us to fulfill our roles and duties at our new postings. The very least Juliet can do is prepare ourselves the best we can. Admin time is designed to start correspondence with our units and sponsors, and ensure we make a good first impression.

Our sweat was tough this week ensuring that we don’t forget that we need to keep our heads in the game. Attention to detail was stressed and if anyone was found lacking it meant a loss of evening routine in exchange for sweat. Some days it seemed like our uniforms would have stayed drier if we left them out in the rain.

Firearms training was a milestone this week. Turns out the shipmates who thought they could shoot were some of the ones who did the worst. It was the ones who were least expected to do well because they had never even held a pistol that had the best shot. At the end the GMs had us at 15 yards shooting at targets of a hostile. I swear I was focusing so hard the pistol almost slipped out of my hand like a banana and I felt like I was going cross-eyed.

Saturday we went on a tour of the cutters and station and I personally was filled with excitement and expectations of life at sea. Everything was packed to perfection from the stern to the bow. The 87’ boat reminded me of a small apartment like the old TV show The Honeymooners. It seemed like they never left the kitchen, just like me when I get back home.

On base liberty was the icing on the cake. We were reunited with our cell phones and there was 50 recruits on a back deck talking excitedly with loved ones. Many were also productive and contacted our units to get more valuable information. Even more amazing was to let everyone on the home front know we are well and will see them in just 13 days! Until then 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.