Zulu 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

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

As Search and Rescue week comes to a close, there is no clear way to interpret the impact that training has had on our company and the often overlooked changes for us as individuals. There have been moments of pride, when we got our Section Commanders blessing to march around the regiment without the over sight of a company commander. Our weeks of practice paid off. Gripped by the element of surprise, we received our orders and not even our mentor Masterchief Martinez could answer the multitude of questions we had about the fleet. As a company we are learning to put aside our egos and work as a team, the only way to succeed here. Our company commanders have worked tirelessly to implement the importance of working as a unit. During this process we have had a full array of emotions ranging from the joy of overcoming an obstacle together to moments of despair when we must be held accountable for our lack of effort or communications. 3

It has become more apparent that our company commanders want us to succeed and they are testing our commitment to our shipmates to build bonds that will never be broken. No matter how much physical or emotional discomfort we endure, we will triumph as a team as long as we learn and progress as a team. Our bodies ache and our hearts are distraught, but our spirits are not broken. Zulu-198s goal is simple, we will not leave these gates until we become the men and women the Coast Guard needs us to be. As the Commanding Officer, Captain Felger, told us, we will meet the standards set by the Coast Guard and the guidance needed to do that will not always be welcoming. We will be ready to serve our Great Nation.

It is incredible to see how much improvement we have actually made. It wasn’t until recently when we started receiving valuable time to hone our learned skills in COD and MOA, that we had time to take a breath and notice improvement. Our squadbays are more tidy, as well as our uniforms. We are starting to manage our time wisely and in turn are given more of it. Although we haven’t earned more of that free time, we have great respect for our company commanders and are committed to earning the chance to learn from their personal experiences. If Zulu continues to train diligently, we can only hope to capitalize on those moments much more starting next week.

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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