Juliet 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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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Week 07

Week 07 is in the books for Juliet-197. Another week packed full of classes, tests, marching, and transforming from recruits to non-rates. This week’s tests included line handling, CPR/First Aid, Manual of Arms, Close Order Drill, and our Final. Classes on how to best represent the Coast Guard on and off duty and how to make safe choices for ourselves when on our own. Marching along to motivating ditties while peacocking around the regiment. Finally making transformation from recruit to non-rate when we earned our colors, USCG ball covers, debriefs with our CCs and Section Commander and finally getting our off base liberty! It really was an amazing week.

We rocked our tests this week. We earned every pennant made available to us so far, except the Seamanship pennant. We are blaming that on the crazy Memorial Day schedule and the many extra activities our company has stepped up to cover during our time here. We blew our Section Commanders mind when we executed a “to the rear by the ripple” during our Close Order Drill test. We eased passed the CPR/First Aid qualifications and played guinea pigs for the new ASVAB Test concept.

We learned a lot about the Coast Guard’s legacy and a lot about the brave men and women that served and died protecting our Country and fellow Americans. A lot of our classes focused on taking care of ourselves so that we will be ready to serve. Classes like managing alcohol, drugs and tobacco consumption and managing stress to help us stay healthy.

The highlight of the week started Sunday night after the Memorial Day parade when we were given our colors (the Juliet Flag for our guidon). Our lead CC said she would be more than happy to serve with us in the fleet and that she’d always have our backs. The “ABOUT FACE” and there were our colors. After the awkward moment of shock we ran over to grab her and began shouting the Coast Guard Ethos. We took our ball covers with the word recruit off and put on our actual USCG ball covers with our non-rate insignia in them right after we hoisted our flag to the top of the regimental flag pole.

Off base liberty was everything we had been waiting for. We strutted around the wildwood board walk in our trops, watched movies, and rented hotel rooms to rest like a normal human. This was another test we passed by behaving like adults and making it back “home” on time.

This will be our last weekly summary as we will be sing many of you this coming Friday. Thank you for all your support!

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.