Zulu 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Formed: September 17, 2019

Graduates: November 08, 2019

Hurry up! Hurry up! Hurry up! Sit up straight! Get off the bus! That night was the night, the night that we set foot into what would be the most vigorous encounter of our lives. After multiple days of sitting through medical, Our Lead Company Commander BM1 Sanchez, and his assistant Company Commander’s, YN1 Haro, MK1 De La Rosa, and MK1 Goan had us trudge through mountains of stairs up to Healy Hall, The place that we would call home for the next eight weeks. Our time thus far has been filled with days of sweat, sweat, and more sweat! One of our Company Commanders personal favorite methods of sweat is having each of us hold a canteen above our heads. Now, you may be wondering, how hard can it be to hold up a water bottle? Well, any of us would be the first to tell you that it will have your arms into flimsy pools of jello, especially after you ran out of breath from all of the screaming of phrases in between. In addition to this, we have grown quite familiar with the a little “game” the CC’s like to call “Fire! Fire! Fire!” This is where all of us dart to make a formation, before we “Find some real estate” (A fancy term for, get ready to exercise your heart out!) Each of us feel beads of sweat trickle down our face as we dig our palms into the pavement, with our feet “above the deck” crunching over and over again! Aside from our pools of sweat, we have spent our time trying to cram in an abyss of new information, between learning in the classroom, to stepping outside to attempt to master marching, all the way to learning what it takes to truly work together as one unit. With each day comes a new opportunity to learn from our mistakes, and come back stronger. Our journey may be long, and it may be hard, but our journey will help us unlock the greatest, most powerful version of ourselves, allowing us to have what it takes to successfully serve the people of this nation. Thank you friends and family for all the love and support. We wouldn’t be able to do it without each and every one of you. As we go into week 03, we will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Signing off for now.

Your Historians, SR Guillemette & SR King

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon

Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ 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. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889.


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