Mike 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Formed: October 27, 2020
Graduates:  December 18, 2020

Welcome back to another recap of Mikes Weekly Muster. This week we look back on exciting new classes, graduation news, and Thanksgiving.

On Monday, shipmates got the opportunity to hit the pool again. But this time they would be suiting up life jacket style. Ms. Robinson first instructed us how to properly don the fully body life jackets. Then she had us float on our backs for five minutes. It was quite relaxing I will say, but good things must come to an end because before we knew it we were off to the cold showers.

Tuesday was a hopeful day as recruits were able to get their graduation uniforms from the distribution center! Shipmates were sized head to toe and proper tailor markings were made to later be altered. This was such an exciting time for recruits because it allowed for the idea of graduation to manifest and “low” batteries to be charged up.

Speaking of phones charging, Thursday, shipmates were granted the use of their cell phones after batteries were fully charged the night before. It was Thanksgiving here on the regiment and for many shipmates the best day yet! Mike-199 was granted a total of 05 hours of phone time to call family and friends and even check new info on first duty stations. With phones in hand and catered deserts in their laps, thanksgiving was truly a special day for all personnel here in Cape May! Words of encouragement from Captain Felger and a video for all shipmates to see during the evening dessert buffet. The video was from all the Cape May family and friends wishing all recruits a very warm Thanksgiving. If the graduation uniforms didn’t give the recruits a sense of hope you bet Thanksgiving definitely did the trick!

With almost a full day off for Thursday, we all knew pain and sweat was on the horizon. From 0530 “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE” to nightly smoke, Friday was a day unlike any we had experienced since day 01 of quarantine. To end out the week on Saturday the suns light shinned brighter with meeting time objectives and even learning new information on Manual of Arms with our pieces. Mike-199 has a COD and MOA test coming up so stress to get those corners squared away is a must. Especially if we want to hold our heads high while walking down Munro Avenue. After receiving orders and letting our families know where we are going, its truly “grind time” here in Mike-199.

Tensions are high and stress is too, but each and every day we continue to battle it out side by side. The Mike-199 way! That’s all for this week recap. Check back next week for week 06 of Mikes Weekly Muster.

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.

To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp *It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889.

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