Juliet 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag

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

Spooky season calls for your favorite candy and scary movies, both being luxuries we were not given this holiday. This week however, did bring us terror and fright. Our required knowledge is starting to build up and we are being quizzed more on information we learn in classes.

Our orders were dispersed on Friday, some of us got exactly what we wanted and others it was a nice surprise. We were lucky enough to acquire our personal cell phones to alert our loved ones of our new units. Hearing those voices, even on the other end of a telephone made us emotional, but also proved that we have people who truly care for us and our supporting us. The end sight is near and we are forming more as a team now. Saturday mornings start here just like everyone else in the civilian world: wake up to the birds chirping, drink a hot cup of joe, and maybe even read a book. We did all of that… in our dreams. Like we said, Halloween is full of scares starting with our wake up via a shrieking whistle blast. The weather in Cape May has begun its chilly descent, but that means when a flag condition is presented on the flag pole, we cannot conduct morning muster outside! Don’t worry, we usually till find ourselves with our arms “straight up over our skulls” anyways.

Mindset truly is key when dealing with boot camp and we are consistently reminded of this by our Lead Company Commander. She, along with our other Company Commanders, gives one hundred percent towards leading us and guiding us, which will only be effective if it is reciprocated. Our limits were surely tested this week and will continue to be. We are hitting a point in the roof where it seems we can no longer push through, but through our determinative mindsets, we will soon see the worth of our accomplishments. We are starting to come together as a team!

It is important to use our divine hours tomorrow to slow our minds down. As we find ourselves making mistakes that are typical of week 01. Only two more Fridays to push through until it will be Juliet-199’s time to step into the fleet. Thank you for all your support.


SR Parmentier

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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