Mike 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Mike

Formed: February 25, 2020
Graduates: April 17, 2020

Another eventful week for Mike-198! Week 05 was search and rescue week, meaning from the moment we wake up, we have just under 15 minutes to do muster, change into the uniform of the day, make our racks, do our hair or shave our faces and be formed up and at the galley by 0545. By starting our mornings like this, we are preparing for an actual search and rescue mission. Because in the fleet if your two minutes late, it could be someone’s life at risk and we have to be ready for that. Search and rescue week has been tough and stressful. However, it brought the company closer together. If a recruit finished getting ready before their shipmates, they did everything they could to help their shipmate get ready. Because if one of us fails, we all fail.

In addition to search and rescue, this week had a lot of highlights! On Sunday, we went on our first company run! We stayed in formation and ran around base together as our company commanders sang cadence to us and we sang them back to stay in step. It was challenging, but it was enjoyable! On Tuesday, we were fitted for our dress uniforms. As I watched my shipmates don their uniforms, I felt my heart swell with pride. We’ve been through so much together, and just seeing them in their Bravo’s makes the future seem so much closer and attainable.

Getting fitted for our dress uniforms was not the only big step forward that we took. On Friday, we got our orders. It was an experience no one will forget. We were marching and our Company Commanders stopped us at the flagpole, and faced us towards it. The sun was high in the sky and glinting off the large bell behind the flagpole. The recruits were still and silent, though I know everyone’s heart was pounding with anticipation beneath the stoic masks we wear at attention. One by one we were called up to the bell before the company. Our orders were read to us and we had to say it back- which proved to be harder than it sounds, because some of the billets were a mouthful. We also had to use our best close order drill moves, otherwise we had to take a lap around the parade field, and then wait again for your turn.

Once the orders were given, some recruits were overjoyed with their first station, some did not share the same enthusiasm, and some did not know what to make of them. Either way we are all very excited to take the next step in our adventure. This week was challenging and rewarding. We learned how to work as a team, we learned about our future, and we look forward to week 06.

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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