Zulu 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Zulu

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

This week was full of ups and downs and full of amazing new experiences. One of the great new things we learned was firefighting. We started out with some classes on what to do, and what type of extinguisher to use. That’s cool and all, but we were excited to do the practical. Imagine that you’re in a dark room immersed in smoke. Smoke so thick that you can’t see 3 feet in front of you, with the instructors screaming at you to get low and hold the hose together. The hard thing was that we were in these thick suits and a gas mask on that gives us oxygen. Your thighs start to burn and you sweat like never before. Another great thing that happened was we got to make our dream sheets. A dream sheet gives us a chance to ask where we want to go. It’s a long shot because the needs of the Coast Guard come before the needs of us. Coming around to Friday we had our midterm exam. We got a lot of time to study and prepare and I believe everyone passed. In all it was a great week but we did lose some shipmates along the way, it really hurts to see someone get reverted or rephased. We are all in this sinking ship together and its ZULU-197’s job to keep it afloat. We need to help those who are struggling and keep them with us. Also, on Friday another company graduated, Whiskey-197. Before the graduation we got to see our new battalion commander, Master Chief Lawrence. It was humbling to see the ceremony with a lot of high ranking officers there and even the Vice Commandant Admiral Ray was there. Coming down to Saturday we were in for some much needed sweat. With nothing really on our schedule, Petty Officer De La Rosa was ready to collect on a small portion of our huge sweat debt. After a long day of broken voice boxes and pools of sweat, Petty Officer Sanchez led us around really working on our marching, tweaking our Close Order Drill so we can march around the regiment with pride. He showed us how to make sharp sleeve rolls and how to blouse our trousers to perfection. We ended the night with evening routine and prepared ourselves for week 05. From what we heard from other senior recruits, it’s the hardest week yet.

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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