Juliet 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag

This week was when the real “fun” began. Last Sunday marked the end of indoctrination weekend. I think it was common in our company to cry at that time. Yes, some tears of fear and pain, but also of pride to be officially Juliet-198. The day after our official formation was a day of cramming in new info we are expected to remember very quickly. We learn how to address different ranks and learned what those ranks are. That has made the galley a bit more interesting. We are now challenged on our required knowledge in the galley. We spent more time in the classroom, avoiding the temptation to doze off at the rare chance of sitting. These classes are crucial though, as they teach us to be better coastguardsmen in the future. All of the classes paid off though as over the next few days we were finally granted the pleasure of 1) additional duties, having our piece, the job of writing this very text, et cetera 2) New challenges swim assessments and the ever mounting amount of knowledge! And 3) New Experiences like meeting our mentors, an Admiral and a Master Chief Petty Officer and being able to pepper them with questions. Juliet 198 still has a long way to go on a road paved with land mines, but we are getting there eventually, even if we blow up a few times. Okay, probably not the best analogy for the United States’ chief lifesaving service, but it certainly feels like it sometimes. Metaphorical or not, the going is tough but Juliet 198 is shaping up to the task.

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

Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/
Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program .

To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM
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