Uniform 190 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

Uniform 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 6, 2015

Graduates: February 27, 2015


Halfway point. For many people, the halfway point means everything else in their path is downhill and smooth sailing; however, uniform-190 is far from heading down hill and is even further away from smooth sailing. In actuality, we are just beginning to climb the base of a dangerous and towering mountain. For uniform-190, week 04 can best be described by the words humbling, worrisome, exciting, stressful, pride, discipline, honor, and devotion. Uniform-190 underwent our most physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding week yet. The week began with the company splitting into two separate formations and taking classes in cyber awareness and firearms training. The classes were interesting and exciting, but we would struggle to maintain our military bearing and would pay for our struggles in the form of sweat. Pools of sweat were not the overwhelming sensations we would feel though. A raging inferno roaring through our muscles would break uniform-190 down to our breaking point.

After reaching the breaking point, we began to experience and notice a change in the way we operated. We began to work together as a team for the first time. On Wednesday, we took our physical fitness assessment as a company. The company worked together on the run by pacing off of each other. As a result, a majority of the company passes. Thursday was perhaps the most exciting and stressful day for unifrom-190. We had our practical test on knot tying and helmsman commands. Then excitement and nervousness set in, we filled out our dream sheets on where we would like to be stationed following basic training. Then stress would set in. We would have to start studying for our midterm examinations on Friday. We would get some time to study and take our exam right after graduation watch. Again, a majority of the company passed the exam. Friday night we would experience our first glimpse of the rewards teamwork, commitment, and successful time objectives have to offer. We received additional time to prepare our uniforms, shower, and read mail. However, we learned that these privileges can be taken away even faster than imaginable.

Week 04 was a good week for uniform-190. We began to notice the results of coming together as a team after experience extreme hardships early on in the week. We are continuing to get better, but we are still a long ways away from where we need to be. We have to settle ourselves down and demonstrate discipline, pride, commitment, and integrity. We have to live the coast guard core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty every second. New opportunities arise for week 05. We will fight and devote ourselves to success! We are unifrom-190!


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.