Uniform 190 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Uniform 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 6, 2015

Graduates: February 27, 2015

Week 05 can best be described by forward movement and instantaneous emotion changes. This week has been monumental for Uniform-190. It was Search and Rescue week which means we were moving faster with lives on the line. These lives would only be saved if we could come together as a team and complete the time objectives being asked of us. Every morning this week would start with waking up from a dead sleep, accounting for 62 recruits, changing into full operational dress uniform, and marching to the galley in less than 15 minutes. Every morning we got a little quicker because our motivation and focus grew with every objective, resulting in either life or death. This week really put into perspective for Uniform-190 that the Coast Guard is a lifesaving service and will accept no one who falls short of the motto, Semper Paratus-Always Ready.

Uniform-190 took steps towards becoming Coast Guardsman by living the Core Values and being Semper Paratus. This week was highlighted by receiving our orders, saving a shipmates life and the lives of others, phone calls home, moving to Healy Hall, and being able to eat desserts of all things. Receiving our orders rejuvenated the company instantly. Screaming at the top of our lungs the location and the unit where we would start the next chapter of our lives was empowering and motivating. We helped saved the lives of many people this week, including one of our own shipmates. The company participated in a Blood Drive to help save lives of those in need. Additionally, when a shipmate began choking in the galley, the company called for help and a shipmate who was a prior EMT, who happened to be sitting near, immediately administered the Heimlich maneuver and saved the shipmates life. The feeling of saving a shipmate and hearing our company commanders tell us they are proud of our response to the situation is empowering. We also got to eat desserts for having the entire company passing all physical fitness requirements, and being louder and faster.


This week is monumental because Uniform-190 moved to Healy Hall and is now the Senior Company on the regiment. This new fact was an emotional roller coaster for the company. On one end, the company is excited, determined and focused. On the other end, the immensely increased responsibilities and standards of being in Healy Hall is downright stressful and petrifying. Even the slightest mistake will result in a fall to the bottom of a bottomless hole. However frightening the increased standards are, Uniform-190 knows they are impactful in shaping us into Coast Guardsmen. Fear forces focus. Focus improves attention to detail. Attention to detail saves lives. Uniform-190 is going to save lives in the Coast Guard. We will continue to grow as a team and being better than we were this week. We will allow fear and stress to keep us grounded and focused. We are ready to run into danger! We are Semper Paratus! We are Uniform-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.