Tango 198 Recruit Journal Week 04 / Week 06 Overall

International Maritime Signal Flag Romeo

Formed: May 19, 2020
Graduates:  July 10, 2020

Week 04 finally comes to an end and most of us are feeling a range of emotions. Mostly excited and happy for graduation to come, but it still feels like so far away. We always encourage each other during our head and water breaks “Don’t worry, only one week to go until graduation week.” As if graduation week won’t be stressful. Some of us feel anxious. Next week we have our final physical fitness test, final exams, and the expectations are rising for uniform and rack inspections. Nobody wants to get sent back in training for any reason, especially not when we’ve made it this far in training. So, the stress about that is just added to the list of why we can’t sleep.

Today was the perfect way to end this week. At about 0800 hours, we participated in the confidence course. The confidence course is an obstacle course that we have to try and complete in our uniforms and boots. That part was difficult, but overall it was a ton of fun. Our company commanders let us stand at ease like normal people and cheer each other on too. Even our company commanders were encouraging us in their own harsh ways, but we could still tell they wanted us to push through and succeed. We needed it too, that course was difficult. The whole company is all banged up and bruised, just in time for our physical fitness test. The course consisted of a bunch of pulling yourself up on a bar, spinning over it, climbing over barricades, hopping over walls, and much more. To finish it off, there was a rope leading up to a bell that we had to climb. When our company commanders demonstrated it they made it look all too easy.

Our company mentor Mr. Merrick joined us for the confidence course as well, and even stayed after to have a meeting with us. I know I mentioned this before, but let me reiterate: Mr. Merrick is downright awesome, and I am not just saying that because he brought us chocolate today. He talks to us about his experience in the Coast Guard, but also wants to hear what we are challenged with, what we are nervous about, and what made us want to join the Coast Guard. We forgot what it’s like to share our own thoughts and feelings about things. We are not really allowed to have them in boot camp. Mr. Merrick is also the nicest man ever. I find it a little too hard to believe he was ever a company commander. I guess that’s how you know, it’s what their told to do to make us better and ready for the fleet.

As fun as week 04 is was, week 05 is waiting for us, with a busy and exciting schedule. For now, week 04 is a wrap and we couldn’t be more exhausted. Goodnight Tango-198.

Written By: SR Squires

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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