Mike 198 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Mike

Week 06 ended with a bang. Literally. Mike-198 learned about firearms and were able to put our knowledge to the test and take it to the range! The range was run by the Gunner’s Mates that instructed recruits through the various drills we did. Some of us have never held a gun before while others were very familiar. Regardless of our past experience, the instructors made sure everyone felt safe and comfortable and everyone learned something new and had a blast! The Company earned the Marksmanship Pennant because of it!

This week, Mike-198 earned our colors. Petty Officer Greenwell marched us over to Sexton Hall, right where the bus dropped us off all those weeks ago, and then she told us that we have come so far from civilians that stepped off the bus. Then, she had us about face, and then we saw it. The Mike Flag standing tall on the parade field, the colors flapping in the wind. “Do you see something you like?” she asked. We responded, loud and clearly “Yes, Petty Officer Greenwell!” To which she said “go get it” and we all raced across the grass chanting, “Mike, Mike, Mike!” as one of us hoisted the colors high pride shown in every face. We had gone through so much and now we could show the regiment

.After we got our colors, the rest of the week changed a lot. We were debriefed by all of our company commanders. Which basically means we got to talk and act like normal human beings and swap stories and share laughs. If you would have told me 06 weeks ago that I would be laughing and smiling with my company commanders, I would have called you Seaman Recruits Crazy and have you push the deck. But we were able to listen to all our Company Commander’s experiences and advice and we were able to ask questions about their stations, jobs, and training. We especially like asking about favorite moments, and things that we did that made them laugh. Most of the time, their favorite moments were our favorite moments. .

In addition to debriefs, we also took our company photo and we hoisted our flag on the regiment flagpole. The day Lima Graduated, and Mike became the senior company on the regiment. Now our colors can be seen all over the regiment. As we march, we’re able to sing cadences and everyone loves all the different songs. My personal favorite is “Coast Guard Heroes.” To end the week, we had on base liberty, which means we got to be on our phones and eat junk food! Graduation is right around the bend, and we can’t wait to join the fleet.

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
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