Mike 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Mike 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 21, 2019

Graduates: July 12, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

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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As we approach the end of a week of sweating, yelling, and running, we can only look back and remember what has happened. Almost a week ago today, our Company Commanders lead us to our new home at Healy Hall. On the transit, recruits were picked out one by one from the formation, and “Incentively Trained”. This behavior could be best described or demonstrated by watching lions stalking gazelle. The weekend was said to be tough, but Mike -197 stood tall… for about 1 second. Regardless, we picked ourselves up, and put one foot in front of the other. Next week we’ll do the same. In the words of Petty Officer Duran, “It’s the nature of the beast”. That statement can’t describe Boot Camp any clearer. From the bus to now, we can’t help but ask ourselves “Is it worth it?” “Is this even possible?”, and “Am I ready for the Coast Guard?” Those of us that aren’t sure, are really struggling, and have a way to go. As for the rest of us, we’ve accepted the fact that failure is a pathway to success, and we use that as our motivation. Everyone here fails. Often. Our Lead Company Commander, Chief Heinze is teaching us what the Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty really mean. Even the most junior of us have a duty and responsibility to the American People. To get there though, we need to overcome the biggest obstacle of all. Our own minds. Our minds regularly drift back home. Nothing occupies us more than thinking of home. Our families and friends are our inspiration and motivation. The fuel to our fire. Many of us want to quit. Common phrases heard throughout the squadbays are “This isn’t what I expected!”, “This is hard!”, and “I want to quit!” It’s the honest truth. But our Company Commanders won’t let us. More importantly though, our Families both here and at home, won’t let us either. We arrived here as strangers, but over the course of the last 10 days we’ve become closer than expected to our shipmates. We are all aspiring to become outstanding Coastguardsman and women. For some, it may take longer than 08 weeks as Chief Heinze regularly informs us. It’s a constant fear lingering over us all. The more we prepare and apply ourselves however, the more we study our required knowledge and force ourselves to become disciplined, the better our chances will be of staying with MIKE-197 and graduating on July 12th. Our Company Commanders expect and demand nothing less, but there are no free rides. The statistical truth is that 1 in 3 will not graduate with Mike-197. Send us your prayers. Send us your blessings. Think of us. We will accomplish what we set out to do. In the words of the Coast Guard Ethos “I serve the people of the United States! I will protect them! I will defend them! I will save them! I am their Shield! For them, I am Semper Paratus!


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.