Mike 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Mike 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 21, 2019

Graduates: July 12, 2019



Hurrah for Mike-197, as we close out Week 03! The majority of us are starting to take on the role of “Coastguardsmen”. The rest are slowly getting picked off one by one by our Company Commanders. As our numbers get smaller, our efforts seem more concentrated. Like Acid, the smaller the number on the PH scale, the more dangerous we become. Many of us are standing out as leaders. Take for instance the “Tornado” that tore through Healy Hall on Wednesday. We left our squadbays in disarray, and our Company Commanders made us pay dearly for it. Every square inch of space we normally occupy was covered in Uniform Items, Dirty Laundry, consumables items, and cleaning products we failed to properly stow before heading to Seamanship class for the day. We arrived back several hours later to find our barracks completely destroyed. But amidst the chaos, Leaders began to emerge, and lead the charge to clean up the destruction our Company Commanders brought to bear. Of course, it took 90 of us several hours, to clean a mess 3 people made in 45 minutes. We’re learning. Some slower than most. Chief Heinze told us a story of how a Turkish farmer lost his entire flock of sheep one night. One sheep slipped and fell off a cliff it was grazing beside, and 1,500 others jumped after it, to their death. Moral of the story, we need to learn from each other’s mistakes, and stop acting like civilians. It’s nothing we haven’t heard before. Our CC’s have been preaching that same thing since we arrived in Cape May. Chief Lynch emphasized it at great length over in Sexton Hall back in Week 01. Mike-197, has recently encountered a terrifying new challenge that we weren’t expecting. Seagulls. As we approach the apparent mating season, several of our shipmates have fallen victim to their fury! While transiting to the track, 3 of our shipmates were bombarded. Discipline, and Military bearing played a key role in not having our Company Commanders become aware that bird feces covered our friends. It’s certainly no surprise that it’s been a crazy experience so far at Cape May. As we approach the halfway point, we are becoming more aware that the slope is about to become more slippery, and the margin for error will disappear. Instructions now need to be executed instantly, remembered verbatim, and followed to the letter. We are already losing shipmates regularly. Some injured, due to the rigors of recruit training. Others to N-197 for not meeting the standard of a recruit in week 03. It is paramount now more ever, that we have one another’s backs moving forward, so we don’t lose more shipmates. We aren’t the 76ers. No back to back losing seasons. It’s win now, or win now. We have people to make proud, and smiles we need to see on July 12th. We will be there, and so will our loved ones.


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.