Juliet 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

Another Sunday, another week comes to a close and Juliet-198 its one more step to the ultimate reward, graduation from all this sweat, screaming, and pain we call Coast Guard boot camp.

As always it has been an extraordinary 07 days for these echo ones being trained but they can rest a little easier knowing that SAR (Search And Rescue or Sweat And Run) week has passed the company by. No more mornings catapulting out of our racks and having a mere 13 minutes to get dressed and sprint to chow. Well, we are still learning to throw on a pair of hastily pressed Operational Dress Uniforms. But the whole sprinting thing has come to a close. Anyway, there was still a whole lot more to the week then gripes about a hectic morning routine-which there are plenty- such as classes, new uniforms, and even finding out where we will be going once we graduate.

If week 03 was where the gloves came off. And week 04 was us rolling down the runway. Week 05 was the week Juliet-198 took off, granted someone spilled coffee on the controls and the engine is on fire, but this metaphorical plane is finally soaring, despite the incredible amount of stress the Juliet-198 recruits were under, we still managed to get a lot done. Chief among them the dream sheets of week 04 are no longer and are now replaced with a concrete answer to the question: “where next?”.

For some, that answer was various aids to navigation teams, others got cutters with storied histories like the Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) Polar Star and the CGC Munro, and to our surprise someone even got Sheboygan, Wisconsin who knew we could have gotten stationed there. After all we joined the Coast Guard to serve our Country rather than go vacationing, so the needs of the Coast Guard, and by extension the people of the United States, come before our own.

No more was that point proven as one of our company commanders got reassigned to assist other portions of the base using her actual skills as a yeoman. Not to fret however as Juliet-198 was quickly assigned a new company commander! They of course introduced themselves quite vigorously (my arms haven’t burned that much since week 02!). Obviously the new company commander and Juliet-198 will become better acquainted in the following weeks. But our overall responsibility is to learn rather than do pushups, and learn we certainly did. From learning how to get from point A to point B for our travel, to learning emergency stations on board a cutter. In return all we had to do is take notes and stay awake, not an easy task to keep your eyes open during SAR week. But hey its finally over all Juliet-198 has to do now is a whole lot more jam packed into the remaining weeks, staying loud and staying fast, and maybe getting chocolate milk in the galley. One goal still stands among them all GRADUATION.

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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