Zulu 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Zulu

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

All the pieces have finally come together, Zulu-198 has become the senior company on the regiment! As the Zulu pennant waves in front of our formation and above the regiment on the flag pole, it symbolizes that we are expected to set the example for junior companies and we know we will be held responsible to do so. Prior to being rewarded with our “colors” (Zulu signal flag for our guidon), we were marching around with a white flag with a Z on it, showing we hadn’t met our CC standards yet. We paid for mistakes with sweat and tears as we learned how high those standards were in all aspects of training. This week’s primary training consisted of seamanship and firearms training and we made every effort to show our CCs we were tired of playing games and were ready for business. In return, Petty Officer Duran set the scene Wednesday night and unleashed all our assistants on us for what felt like an eternity of sweat games. At the end the assistants marched us off the regiment at their speed, chins to chest. We didn’t know where we were going until our boots started kicking up sand and we heard the crashing of waves getting close. “This is your office”, the moment MK1 Duran spoke those word we looked up to the sight of the Atlantic Ocean roaring towards the horizon and the warm glow of the sun as dusk approached. We had met their standards! He about faced us to the sight of our assistants holding our colors and were asked “do you see something you want? Go get it!” Zulu ran towards our flag with pride and tears of joy. We raised the guidon as high as we could, a moment we had anticipated since we stepped off the bus.

Week 05 has gifted us with memories we will share for the rest of our lives. As we approach our final week here, our mindset hasn’t altered, we will finish strong and eventually become the effective leaders we have been trained to be. We are going to take the helm and venture into our careers in the near future! We know our work is not over, but we have earned the trust of our company commanders by reaching their high standards. We must continue to maintain this standard at all times even after we leave these gates, we must always stay confident in our abilities, stay committed, always be respectful, and do the right thing. Over 300 years of men and women have sacrificed their time with loved ones to establish the core values for this family we are proud to be a part of, We are the United States Coast Guard, and Zulu is going to join the fleet, squared away and ready to add to that legacy.

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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