Zulu 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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

In this week’s episode…Zulu was on a crazy roller coaster of emotions. The week went back and forth from great to frustrating to sad to mad. We had administrative time, time on the shooting range, and even moments where we had loopy loops of mistakes that resulted in us spiraling our way back to “indoctrination weekend”. I know…I know. Who thought time travel was even possible? No matter what the week brought us, Zulu stayed strong and held on for the ride.

Our week began with a spring cleaning, phone call making, and “mission complete” kind of day. We were given the opportunity to square away our racks, and shine our boots so nicely that we can start to see our reflection in them. Later on in the week we even went to the firing range and got to work on our marksmanship! This is where our tragic time travel tale begins.

Some shipmates decided to mess around while at the range and lost their military bearing. In addition to this, some recruits showed up late to formation which triggered the throwback to “indoctrination weekend” to commence. We all had to dress in our physical fitness gear, white socks and tennis shoes with our cover tucked into our shorts. We also had to address permanent party members by sir or ma’am. To top it all off we had to clean the bathrooms of all the junior companies to give us a bit of a humbling experience. We obviously needed a lesson in remembering where we are, who we are and why we came to recruit training. This taught us to remember where we started from, that we must push forward and grow as an individual, and avoid the urge of complacency so that may reach our full potential in these last few weeks of training.

After that experience, the company began to sound off louder than it had before, and really put effort into regaining their military bearing. We got to tour some cutters, and even met the Commandant of the Coast Guard along with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard! They were present for a cutter commissioning and while our lead company commander and we were touring, they came over and spoke to us! We also got our on base liberty. We were able to use our cell phones to call home, and go to the exchange to buy candy and soda! We all needed and appreciated the time away from the company commanders. What a way to end the week and to get our morale back up to where it needed to be! Strong and proud!

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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