Zulu 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Formed: September 17, 2019
Graduates: November 08, 2019

Week 03 was full of ups and downs. From meeting time objectives to sweating and yelling until our arms gave out and our vocal cords snapped. We are slowly turning into Coast Guardsmen. Even though it is far away, I can feel it. Having our company march in the graduation ceremony for Victor Company, it gave us hope, and made us proud. With some hard work and more accountability, we can do it. The hard part right now is getting everyone to work together. We had an opportunity with Petty Officer Goan to work on Manual of Arms but we got too relaxed and to sweat for it. Another great thing we did this week is seamanship. We learned vessel terminology, directions on a boat, and helm commands using a simulator, and also how to tie knots that we would use in the fleet. Hopefully our Company will be able to march ourselves around soon. Two recruits are working really hard practicing how to lead a formation. Tomorrow will determine if we can march our company alone without any Company Commanders “around”. The amount of information getting thrown at us is insane, every day we are being tested. Even at the galley, where we eat, isn’t safe from being bombarded with questions from our Company Commanders. You’re just praying that you can make it to your seat without being stopped. If you are stopped, here are just some of the few things that you have to know, Officer of the day, Regimental duty officer (which changes every day), chain of command, rates and ranks, rank of the day, and so much more. Also you have to spit out the info while screaming at the top of your lungs. It’s tough but we are slowly but surely getting smarter at Coast Guard knowledge, and we are also slowly but surely getting faster with everything that they throw at us. We are also starting to come together as a company by picking each other up and motivating each other to be even faster, and louder. We all are not there yet but as the days pass on, we get better and better. We will keep fighting to prove to our Company Commanders that we want to be part of an amazing organization. Zulu-197 will get stronger, both mentally and physically as the weeks go by. As always, thank you to all the family and friends for all of the love and support that you all give us. It does not go unnoticed. Until next time.

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.

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