Uniform 190 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Uniform 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 6, 2015

Graduates: February 27, 2015


Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. As quickly as week 03 started, it has come to an end for Uniform-190; however, it’s not passing without sharing it’s fair share of moral lessons that will help guide us through the next 5 weeks.

Uniform-190’s week can be characterized by the time we spent in class and being incentively trained. This week we learned about the roles and missions of the Coast Guard, the benefits the Coast Guard offers its members, and the basics of seamanship. The Roles and Missions class was an encouraging reminder of why we joined the Coast Guard and why we will work through hardship. We also learned about the expanded education opportunities the Coast Guard offers when we sign up for the GI Bills. We spent a vast majority of our weekend in Seamanship classes learning about basic nautical terms, components, and procedures in addition to practicing helmsman maneuvers.

While all this was an exciting and rejuvenating part of the week, Uniform-190 experienced a vast aray of strife and hardships. We failed numerous time objectives, failed to sound off, lacked urgency in our movement and struggled to keep our eyes in the boat. We would pay for these mistakes in the only acceptable currency at Training Center Cape May—Sweat. Gallons of Sweat.

This week we learned that we continue to lack motivation and discipline in our effort to devote ourselves to living the Coast Guard Core Values. Our foundation for becoming a Coast Guardsman continues to develop and we know that we have to dig deep within ourselves and apply the motivation and discipline that led us here to turn this company into a single well disciplined, honest, devoted, and unified team. Uniform-190 will stand by for heavy rolls and overcome the obstacles that week 04 had to offer.

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.