Juliet 198 Recruit Journal Week 06

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

Whew what a week this has been for Juliet-198, there were a lot of ups and downs for us. Monday we split the company so half of us could go to Goff hall and start our firearms training and learning about the pistol we would be firing the next day at the firing range, all of the sniper position and piece nomenclature chants were put to the test. The other half of the company got a lot of admin time to figure out what they needed to do to get to their units how many people are at the unit and a bunch of other relevant information to make the move that will happen in a few weeks much easier.

Tomorrow we have our physical fitness test which has everyone worried- we all want to pass and graduate with the company on March sixth.

Well Tuesday was interesting, the morning started by taking our physical fitness test and all of us but one shipmate passed our first time. After we went to our travel entitlements class where we learned how much money we are going to receive to travel to our new units. Then the half of the company that did firearms training on Monday went to the firing range all evening to end the night. On Wednesday and Thursday everyone switched and the other half went to forearms training and the range.

Friday Friday Friday was our pinnacle of our week. The night prior we couldn’t do much of anything right so when the whole company came back together Friday morning we were greeted with piece incentive training, and every remedial that our company commanders had at their disposal, then we were kicked out of our own building and rushed back to sexton hall all while acting like civilians and calling our CC’s sir and an all too familiar reminder of where our journey started. It was terrifyingly odd experience reverting back to basics. But as we marched back to our home we were told to run to what we want and when we saw our Juliet colors waiting for us we ran as fast as we could. This is significant because for the last 6 weeks we have been marching around with a plain white flag with just the letter J on it. Now we have the Juliet flag and can sing cadence around as we march. Friday ended up an enormous high for us.

Saturday was a good day as well we got to tour a real Cutter and station up to now we had only seen pictures so it was refreshing to see what we could be doing in a few short weeks. Saturday ended with on base liberty we got to eat a bunch of snacks and candy and call our families it was much needed. We will see what week 7 has in store for us but right now we are feeling good.

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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