Mike 199 Recruit Journal Week 06

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


          This week on Mike’s Muster we take an inside look on how Company Mike-199 moves to James Hall.

          Week 06 starts of quick as recruits battle donning their Operational Dress Uniforms in under 10 minutes.  Shipmates report to morning muster and when they hear their roster order number called, they are free to don their uniforms as fast as humanly possible.  On top of that the next day shipmates are ordered to “pack their sea bags” as they marched across the lawn to a brand new hall.  Yes a brand new house where recruits of Mike Company will finish out their days until graduation.  Parents if you are reading this, the new mailing line should write “Mike-199 James Hall” for all future mail.

          Speaking of sending mail, recruits took their official military portraits this past Tuesday.  All shipmates were directed to Dempsey Hall to mark the memory in their journey in service.  Shipmates were also given option to order USCG official rings with their photo packages.  On Wednesday recruits had a very important class on social media.  The class highlighted how every post in which you decide to post is all monitored by the United States Coast Guard.

          Mike also this week got experience on how to properly steer a Coast Guard vessel.  Shipmates were put through simulations in which certain voice commands had to be correct in order to pass.  I will say Mike did not disappoint as the class averaged pretty well for only an hour and forty-five minute class. 

As Mike was marched back to the house, we were led by one of our marching captains, shipmate Brubaker.  As we marched away from Seamanship and into a new day it was a second round of haircuts for all members of Mike-199.  It truly was crazy to see how much hair in 03 weeks can grow, even the barber shop was amazed. 

As the days battle on, it is not uncommon for fellow shipmates to count down the 24 hour days until graduation.  A saying heard frequently in James Hall is, “the days go slow, but the weeks go by fast.”  I can definitely vouch for that as it feels like just yesterday we were sitting in Restriction of Movement waiting for the holy chow truck to bring us the highly sought after chewy bars.  A chewy bar is basically like a Cliff Bar or a soft granola bar and it also is the one last snack at the end of the night to take in the day.

As Saturday kicks off for Mike, only one day left stand between sweet dreams and sour wake-ups.  With a Regimental Sunset of 1636, the early sunrise did not disappoint.  Here at Cape May, being so close to the water has its advantages and disadvantages.  A pro, the beautiful sunrises and waves that crash just right.  A Con, the wind.  Boy oh boy, there are so many covers that come off in a Cape May windstorm.  Today was a windy day, cold and windy but progressive as Mike-199 practiced a tremendous amount of Manual of Arm movements with their M-16s.  The practice is intended to hone the skills for our manual of arms test this upcoming week.  We are sure to give Chief Smith a show!

To finish out the week strong Mike was granted Administrative Time to contact their first units.  A total of over 02 hours was granted to call home, contact sponsors, and access emails to better recruits for their future fleet journey.

That just about does it for the hectic week 06 of Recruit Training here at Training Center Cape May.  Be sure to check back in next week for a busy week 07.  See you next time on Mike’s 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.

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