Mike 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

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The sunrises and sunsets at Cape May are beautiful. Mike Company 198 knows this all too well because we are doing intensive training when dawn breaks and when evening falls. Today was sunny and cold, but the company would rather deal with low temperatures than yesterday’s rain. This week was very eventful with the swim test and getting our pieces, and today was no different. While we did not have any classes, Mike Company 198 had the opportunity to speak with Master Chief Worthington. Who has been in the Coast Guard since 1995! We were able to ask him many questions about different rates, stations, and how being in the Coast Guard affects your personal life. After meeting with Master Chief Worthington, many recruit were inspired to keep pushing through the trials and tribulations that Cape May offers.

Today was also very intense when it came to fitness. The Company went to the track when the sun was high in the sky and the wind right in our face. Instead of doing a distance run we lined up in rows of five and sprinted the straights and walked the curves. Some of the recruits raced each other, while some were just focused on taking the next step and breathing. The track is right by the ocean, and the recruits can hear the constant break of the waves and the roll of the water.

While the sound of the water is relaxing, it is a constant reminder what is out there waiting for us once we graduate. It is important to keep morale up. If we start to believe that we are going to fail, we will. We have to remind ourselves and each other that there is a rhyme and reason to the challenges we are facing. Mike Company 198 is growing stronger every day, both mentally and physically and we are starting to work together as a team. Today was a prime example of that, many recruits were helping each other pack up and get all the needed supplies for various time objectives. That way we could be on time. Mike Company 198 is not meeting every time objective, but we are getting there with teamwork and responsibility and fast hands, we will get there soon. While this week was challenging and exhausted, Mike Company 198 is ready to face the new challenges that await in the next week.

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 The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp *It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889.