Juliet 199 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Formed: September 29, 2020
Graduates:  November 20, 2020

Another week down for Juliet-199! Our second week of real Recruit Training has closed and it wasn’t an easy one.

Coming to Cape May was already a huge change for us, but the shift to hardcore training was abrupt. With all of the sweat sessions comes funny moments (even though we don’t get to actively laugh at them). In the galley today, Our Assistant Company Commander asked a recruit what the medal of the week was; pay close attention to the way medal is spelled, because that recruit responded with “uh, aluminum?” Definitely not the right answer, but the points have to be given for the creativity.

The key to recruit training is to never lose yourself to the stress of it all. We are placed in this environment for a reason and the quicker we realize that, the easier it will be to adapt. This week had an abundance of interesting classes, like grooming regulations code of conduct, and assignments. With the assignment class, we were able to fill out our dream sheet from where we would like to be stationed. Preferences very all the way from Alaska to Hawaii, to New York. Lucky for us, we should be receiving our orders by next week. Recruits who have a guaranteed ‘A’school already were informed of their location and report date prior to Boot Camp.

Remember that rubber M-16 that we were all so blessed to be given. It’s now the bane of our existence. We will forever have trauma from hearing the statement “you have 1-2-0 seconds to get your piece and get outside. That thing has gone over our heads, straight out in front of us, in the sniper position, and many more. No one will really be sad to see them go, and surely our shoulders will be ecstatic to get a break.

Lieutenant Commander Anna Steel, who is the company’s knowledgeable mentor, visited us today to answer any questions you may have about the Coast Guard. She served as a useful resource for us, especially those who are planning to apply to Officer Candidate School, as she was once enlisted and thriving as an officer.

Overall, the company starting to make more time objectives and do the right thing when no one is watching. When we fail at something we are disappointed in ourselves but it pushes us to do better next time, not just for ourselves before each other and our company commanders. It may be hard to see now but our company commanders are doing what’s best in our development of becoming Coast Guard men and women and for that we respect them.

SR Paramentier

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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