Zulu 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

In this week’s episode of “The Sweat-tastic Life of Zulu”, our company dove right into the crazy week our company commanders like to call “SAR week” (Search and Rescue).

What does this consist of exactly? Well let me tell you! We wake up and do morning muster and from the moment we set foot onto the quarterdeck , we have 15 minutes to get dressed up in our operational dress uniform and be lined up in front of the galley, ready to head into chow. With a rush of people and a tornado of clothing flying around, this task is not very easy. Never the less we managed to pull through each day getting faster and faster at it. With the quickness that we learned, we came to the realization that this task is crucial to being an effective Coast Guardsman. The purpose of “SAR week” is to make an experience that is similar to what we would have to do in the fleet. We could be woken up in the middle of the night, get called to a SAR case and have to be ready in minutes time. Someone’s life could be on the line and we need to be ready to be fast and loud.

In addition to having to be quick on our feet, we had uniform and rack inspections. This of course brought many feelings of worry and nervousness, but when it came time for all of us to line up in front of our section commander, he ended up being pretty impressed and passed us for our second official inspection. Smiles lit up around the company after we found out …and the best part…we were granted permission to drink hot chocolate and coffee by our lead company commander as a reward for our hard work! After dripping buckets worth of sweat, we got our company flag hung up in our window on our quarterdeck! This again is a symbol of how hard we have worked to get to where we are.

Later on in the week, our section commander gave us an eye opening experience, as he had us compress the squad bay, line up in a circle and chant our company name. He would ask us questions and if we agreed, we’d chant louder and if we disagreed, we’d get quieter. He asked us questions about individuals that may be weighing the company down and questions about our company performance and our shortcomings. Eventually the whole company came to hold mattresses, as it represented that we all carry the success and failures of the company on our shoulders. We need to put aside the idea of individualism and come together to be one strong, unbreakable team!

To wrap up the week, we got what we all had been waiting for…our orders! This again brought great joy to the company, and was a great motivator to push us to finish the next couple of weeks strong! Lastly, our company did a confidence course that was both challenging and fun. We all cheered each other on as we completed the course at our own pace. This was a great morale booster, and really helped us bond as a team. We really are starting to come together and all hope that this streak stays because by the looks of it, we are on the path to being all that we want to be!

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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