Zulu 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

Formed: July 14, 2020
Graduates:  September 04, 2020

          Zulu-198 started on a bad note with their company commanders, but through rough sweat sessions and pain, Zulu was slowly getting better.  It all started on Sunday, August 2nd, 2020, when the recruits were all sound asleep with not a peep in the squad bay.  But then the recruits hear it… the alarm starts sounding. Our company commander barges in yelling, “FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!” They wake up in shock, not knowing what was going on. Out of instinct they yell back, “FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!”  They jumped out of bed and immediately start getting dressed as quick as humanly possible, one recruit hits his head, others rush out the door pulling on shoes as they go hopping on one foot, screaming numbers. Counting down the timer. The recruits form up outside. It’s almost calm. “INSIDE, NOW!” the company commander yells. It’s an immediate bull rush to get back to our squad bays. The recruits line up in the main squad bay as fast as they could, but it wasn’t enough.  Petty Officer Duran comes charging in like a rhino. “TOO SLOW, MISSION FAILED. ARMS UP!” The recruits held their hands up high knowing pain was temporary, for what came next was divine hours. A whole five hours to themselves.  Some recruits organized, some wrote letters, and others just socialized. It was divine. But, after divine hours, it was all downhill. The recruits who socialized got their racks inspected. “GARBAGE!” yells Senior Chief Scott, as he pulls out everything from its place and tosses it about. This caused everyone to suffer by holding their rubber guns known as pieces in front of them, above them, and work with them, until it was time to hit the rack.

          The next day it was gym. The recruits woke up sore; but as sore as they were, they had to go to gym that morning. The recruits didn’t know what to expect, but they tried their best to focus and do the workout correctly. It was a cool new experience for the recruits as they were not getting yelled at and exercised at their own pace. After gym, the recruits went to chow for breakfast since they worked up an appetite. The recruits thought they were safe in the galley, but there were wrong! Recruits were getting stopped left and right, getting asked questions, getting screamed at by four different people. This happens every day for every meal! But after the stressful breakfast, recruits went to get their pictures taken for military IDs. You had the option to smile. Most did not, except one recruit whose nickname is now Smiley. Smiley got in front of the camera with the biggest smile, and the Chief said, “You are the happiest recruit I’ve ever seen!” 

          Mistakes we make always end up in us to owing sweat.  We go from chow to chow sweating for every little thing. We are learning from those mistakes.  Zulu-198 is getting better as a company.  Some recruits are not keeping up.  Everything comes with time.

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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