Mike 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Mike 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 21, 2019

Graduates: July 12, 2019

MIKE-197 Week Ø4 Summary


Seaman Recruits look in the mirror and question they time they have been in Basic Training. Being completely honest, the least of a recruit’s concern is time of being at Basic Training. The focus is on us and our futures. A technique that has improved in Basic Training is focus and distractions, focusing on the necessities, and distracting from insignificances. MIKE-197 limped its way to the beginning of the most challenging week in Basic Training.


Recruits will have 15 minutes to awaken, get dressed, and meet at the galley. The only part I am excited to see is MIKE-197’s presentation of the Addam’s Family strolling into the galley. But I do not want to go too far into next week when MIKE-197 does not know the outcome, however, this week was MIKE-197’s favorite week by far.


As we get closer to graduation our classes become more hands-on. From Seamanship to Fire Fighting drills, Coast Guard Basic Training is truly starting to feel more realistic for some. During the firefighting drill, recruits had 05 minutes to get dressed in full firefighting gear to put out a simulated fire. The room was dense with smoke, to the extent for where staring forward was like staring into the abyss, nothing seemed real. Around us we heard noises of pipes banging and water transferring from the storage to the hoses. For the recruits that suffer from claustrophobia, they must have truly been experiencing it throughout. Our training instinct kicked in, focus. Focusing on the people to your left, right, front, and behind. Anything else is a distraction.


Aside from firefighting, MIKE-197 took the test that is very significant to our future careers. The Mid-Term! Any recruit who joined the military to not take tests is definitely going to be in for a rude awakening.


Wednesday was the day we “chose” our wanted districts. Districts are written on a dream sheet and turned into our company Yeoman. The name “dream sheet” is poetic, accompanying a liberalistic, freeing word as dream to a vague, dull, word like “sheet”. They work perfectly hand in hand ironically, which is how the dream sheet works. You can pick places that you desire, however it is not a guarantee because it is where the Coast Guard needs you. A dream sheet is practically a grown version of Bean Boozled, but with really good benefits and rewards.


Overall MIKE-197 has grown into a more manageable company. Our bunk mates become our friends and our strays become our strongest allies. The consequences of one are starting to be taken to the heart of us all, but it guides us into prioritizing our wrongs to become perfect. We might be a truly large company of 83, but we all made a promise to our Company Commanders, as they did for us, to be the fastest and the loudest company on the regiment. Mike-197 will earn the respect of stating “We are the United States Coast Guard”!



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.