Juliet 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Formed: January 14, 2020
Graduates: March 06, 2020

Week 03 has finally drawn to a close for Juliet 198, and however ready we might be, our next week of training is fast approaching. However, instead of pondering impending doom, it may be better to reflect on the experiences had so far.

If week 02 was the week the gloves came off, then this week was the week when Juliet-198 was properly thrown in the ring against someone with brass knuckles. Too harsh of an analogy? Maybe. But Juliet was put to the test properly with new classes to learn, new responsibilities to shoulder, and fun new ways to suffer for our crimes! (An important note to consider, “Incentive Training” sessions are self-inflicted.) In short, Juliet learned a lot of things; from making bowlines to moving a rubber non gun according to the Manual of Arms, the taste of victory, no matter how small it might be for making our first few time objectives to the bitter defeat when we failed those exact same time objectives. We have suffered losses in our ranks due to illness and behavior and celebrated new arrivals as well.

A young company like Juliet is still very much a land of ever changing contrasts and variables. Some days the entire staff of Yeoman could be fired and replaced, other days Juliet might be able to enjoy a moment of peace and stability, however short that may be. What doesn’t Change you might ask. The physical training, screaming, and pain of course! To be fair, there are some really good parts too, like the excellent food in the galley, a shining beacon of serenity and sustenance (as long as you move fast) as well as the wonderful work of our chaplains and medical staff, who see to it that recruits can make it through the day. And who could forget the all-important rack upon which we sleep? After all, no recruit can make it without rest, and Juliet 198 is definitely going to need it in the coming weeks! Semper Paratus.

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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