Mike 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Today started with quit the realization. I was in front of the mirror shaving and I noticed that the normal orchestra of coughs had gotten quieter. Perhaps M-198 is getting passed the Cape May crud or maybe we all just had cough drops in. we will see by next week. An even larger realization was that we had woken up to the last day of week 03! It was quite the storm of a week but we made it through. Starting with our first week of seamanship we learned a plethora of useful knowledge that we will utilize when we join the fleet. Information like knot tying so that when we show up we aren’t the reason a vessel floats away. As well as the helm commands, so that we can correctly steer our vessels away from obstacles so that we don’t have to call other members of the Coast Guard to save our ship. Also, how to perform as a lookout, so we can be ready for incoming vessels and possibly UFOs flying over the ocean. Seamanship is an exciting time for recruits to get a taste of life in the Coast Guard.

On top of the time spent in seamanship, we have also continued to strengthen our muscles and enhance our endurance. Our workout regimen would make the Terminator himself proud. We hit the gym, we run, and we sweat. All of this pushing ourselves to be better. First the SC that we can pass our physical fitness tests, second, so that we can prove to our families that we are more than just a couch potatoes, and third, to be physically ready to protect, defend, and save those we need us too once we are in the fleet. Our balance of brain strength and body strength will make us the ideal Coast Guardsman no matter how long it takes, and Mike-198 is going to show up in style. Not only have we acquired more knowledge this week and gained more muscle, but our boots are getting shinier too. Our uniforms are getting less wrinkly and our look will get exceptionally better along with our knowledge and strength.

Well some of us might have silly looks on our faces, but at least our boots are shining bright. Amidst everything, the pain and occasional frustration, M-198 still powers on. A large showing made it to chapel with high spirits to cap of the week with songs to give us strength to go onto the next. Also when moods are low, there is always the four motivators, built into the days being: morning, afternoon, and evening chow. As well as the famous chewy bars. No seaman recruit would be complete without the warm personalities of the crew at the galley, or our chewy bars. Everything from week 03 added together and the recruits of M-198 will make sure that we go into week 04 and perform better than before. One more week crossed of the calendar.

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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