Uniform 190 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Uniform 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 6, 2015

Graduates: February 27, 2015
Like a population that is left in utter despair and ruins from a natural disaster, Uniform-190’s way of life has been obliterated by earths fifth natural element, Company Commanders. Striped of all egos, entitlements and mannerisms from the civilian world. 74 new people are being rebuilt and re socialized in recruit company Uniform -190. The reconstruction process began at 0530 Monday morning to the sound of FIRE FIRE FIRE! Over the course of the past week, U-190 has struggled to adapt to this way of life. We are learning how to become part of the coast guard team through classes which include : stress management, core values, military customs and courtesies and Coast Guard rates and ranks. In addition, we are learning to become coastguardsmen through our numerous failures and minor glimpses of promise. This week, we learned how to take proper care of our operational dress uniform. We marched in our boondockers for the first time. We received our piece, a plastic M-16 rifle. We learned the basics of manual arms, and received first hand introduction to how painful a piece can be through exercise. We also met our company mentors from the Atlantic Strike team which reminded U-190 of why we joined the Coast Guard during a week filled with doubts. While we had some bright spots in the midst of a dark and gloomy week, we failed miserably and constantly. We failed numerous time objectives, inspections and procedures. In addition to lacking discipline and respect toward Company Commanders. As a result, we experienced pain and sweat through simple tasks we used to take for granted, such as picking up a pen or sitting down in a chair. Our first full week in Cape May can be measured by sweat exhaustion and lack of our voices. This week U-190 has learned that we cannot make it through this transformation to become Coast Guardsmen on our own. We have to put our differences aside and work together to become a single cohesive unit. We have to live the Coast Guard core values, Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty along with pride in ourselves, discipline and integrity. We are determined to succeed and will persevere through good times and bad. Week 03 arrives with opportunity to succeed and make proud. UNIFORM-190 OUT!

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.