Zulu 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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

It was the best week for Z-197 ever!

We earned many pennants, accomplished goals, had morale boosters, crushed our final, voted for award winners, got our off base liberty, mastered seamanship, met with 03 of the most senior command master chiefs in the Coast Guard, met with the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, and had debriefs with our company commanders.

Our company has earned the marksmanship, seamanship, mid-term, and physical fitness standards pennants. We cut some of the scores close, however we got it done!

The master chiefs we met with were the Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Bushey, Atlantic Area Master Chief, Master Chief Bach and the Pacific Area Master Chief, Master Chief Jones. They talked with us a bit about where the Coast Guard is headed and advice on life in the service. They also spoke about what is going on inside some of the rates that we are interested in making our jobs.

Friday was a huge and stressful day for our company. First thing in the morning we took our close order drill and manual of arms test. We all prepared every day coming up to the test but when the day came it was freezing. We were used to our bare hands, however we had to wear gloves since it was so cold. It was hard to maneuver, however we persevered and got it done! We ended up scoring a 10/10 on our manual of arms and 09/10 on our close order drill! After that we had our final exam. Everyone passed! After we got that done, later that afternoon we got to do pugil sticks and some of us fought each other. It was the most amazing time! Later that afternoon we got to raise the Zulu colors over the whole regiment to fly high until we graduate. This signifies that we are the most senior on the regiment! We earned it with nothing else but… you guessed it right…sweat!!! It made us so proud.

We got to have debriefs with our company commanders. This gave us a chance to know them as the individuals that they are versus the company commanders that they have always been. They range from a hard core mama bear to the one we call the sweat god. It was nice to see the side that their family and friends must see all the time. They’re all exceptional people in their own ways and bring a balance of discipline, teaching and mentoring.

We ended this week with our off base liberty. We talked to our loved ones, got to eat all kinds of food, and had fun laughing and hanging out with each other. Our final step is to join the fleet, and show them just how ready we are to be their shipmates and serve our country! We are Zulu. We are the United States Coast Guard.

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
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