Juliet 199 Recruit Journal Week 07

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

Week 07 of recruit training held the least amount of pain that Juliet has felt since restriction of movement when the Company Commander‘s weren’t actually able to make us sweat. Although we lacked a lot of incentive training, we had so many milestones towards graduation. The beginning of the week was consumed with learning firearms safety and marksmanship. After going through that training we tested skills at the range. Lucky for us, Training Center Cape May doesn’t have its own so we went off base to shoot. Being on the bus again made us feel like we were finally getting out of Boot Camp, clearly that wasn’t true. But it was still a fun experience for us all.

This week was also full of Company Commander debriefs. Contrary to popular belief they don’t actually hate us! Better yet, they’re also humans! We just thought they were robots designed to make a sweat. Truly, the opportunity to hear about each of their Coast Guard careers was well worth the journey. Even our most deadly Company Commander was able to laugh and have fun with us. Once Friday hit we became the senior company on the regiment. We were able to raise our colors on the regimental flag pole, and let the whole regiment know who is boss. We were awarded chocolate milk and desserts for the first time!

Saturday was probably our best day so far in Boot Camp. The morning we participated in pugil stick bouts with each other. Juliet was not the best with technique but it was an A for effort and it helped blow off some steam.

Then the moment we have been waiting for since we arrived: on base liberty! The company spent an hour or so in the exchange buying souvenirs and a plethora of junk food that made our stomachs upset. Getting our cell phones to talk to family filled a void in our hearts for not having contact for so long. Sunday was when it hit us that we really are the senior company. Wearing dress uniforms and running security watch has made us excited for this final week. We look forward to seeing you all soon thank you for all your love and support!

J-199 Historian 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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