Mike 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

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The air was thick with steam. I could feel the moisture pooling on my jacket as we stepped into the wet room which was awash with red light. Shadows flickered and danced across the faces of recruits as they stared at the mock flames. “Fire, Fire, Fire!” We cried as we crouched to the deck, careful not to let our knees touch the deck. We raced for the end of the hose and I gripped the brass nozzle. I could feel the water beneath my arms, pulsating and charging in the hose. Like it was waiting to be set free. “Straight stream!” the instructor cried, I pulled the lever and a powerful stream of water shot from the nozzle hitting the simulated fire with a loud crack. I felt the forearm of the shipmate behind me dig into my back as the force of the water knocked me off balance. As a team, we were able to complete the fire practical and complete a huge part of our training. The fire was fake this time, it might be real someday and we have to train like we fight. We all took the simulation seriously and learned important skills that will not be soon forgotten. The firefighting practical was the highlight of everyone’s week.

The midterm was later in the week so recruits have been studying and quizzing each other during every spare moment. The hands-on firefighting experience during the practical portion of training came as a much needed opportunity to literally and figuratively blow off some steam. The midterm was on Friday and it stressed out many of the Recruits. While we learned everything that was in the midterm, taking standardized tests can be tricky for some people. However, taking the midterm showed Recruits what areas they need to work on and study more. That same day, Recruits were issued our government ID’s! Many of my shipmates groaned about their pictures, it’s hard to look your best when at boot camp. Everyone was proud to have them, like we took another big step to reaching our goal! In addition to the firefighting practical, the midterm and the military ID’s, MIKE-198 started presenting colors for the first time! There is an unparalleled sense of pride that fills my heart every time I hear the opening notes of the Star Spangled Banner and see the ensign reach the sky. Being a part of that ceremony is the coolest thing, I am grateful for that opportunity. This week was a success and while next week holds its own sets of challenges, MIKE-198 is ready for them!

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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