Uniform 190 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Uniform 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 6, 2015

Graduates: February 27, 2015


The days keep on rolling by while the weeks seem to be flying by; however, Unifrom-190 is still far from the finish line. Unifrom-190 had a great week with some major bumps along the way. While people may rumor about training getting easier in the later weeks, Uniform-190 can testify that this is a false claim and misleading. The physical intensity is still rigorous, but the stress level has boarded a rocket for outer galactic space travel and blasted off at the speed of light. Every detail matters and mistakes are deadly at this point in training.


Uniform-190 had a very busy, stressful, exciting, and anxious week. The week started off rough with the company taking for granted our new roles after earning our colors. We missed time objectives, were quiet, and failed to work effectively as a team. After a couple of intense incentive training sessions, Uniform-190 would sweat for our mistakes and fight to earn back our evening routine privileges. We came back together as a team which would set a positive and productive tone for the rest of the week. This week uniform-190 would spend a lot of time in firefighting classes, making arrangements with our new units, sorting out travel plans, and preparing for our close order drill and manual of arms test. The firefighting classes and practical were awesome! We learned how to respond to a fire emergency and the steps to properly contain it. In addition, we also experienced the adrenaline rush of dawning full fire protective gear and a self containing breathing apparatus while entering a dark, hot, and smoke filled compartment. Spending time researching, contacting, and making arrangements with our new units was also morally encouraging because it solidified the notion that we have a new chapter in our lives the flip of a page away.


This week did not go without its rough patches though. We had a rack inspection on Friday with our Section Commander. Attention to detail and a strong sense of self-awareness are critical in basic training. Uniform-190 had several minor discrepancies with our racks; however, some of these discrepancies led to major violations of the recruit rules and regulations, and we lost 03 more shipmates on the spot. Attention to detail is critical because of the deadly consequences associated with it. We are reminded of this constantly and know that training is continuing to get more stressful with increased responsibilities.


On the other hand, hard work, affiance, pride, and devotion to duty lead to more privileges and opportunities. On Saturday, uniform-190 toured the small boat station, 87 foot cutter, and 210 foot cutter stationed in Cape May. The tour was very intriguing, helpful, and informative, and allowed the company to experience a glimpse of what we will be doing in a few weeks. The highlight of week 06 for uniform-190 was earning our on-base liberty. Being able to call our family and friends and hear their voices and talk to them about our time in training was absolutely motivating, encouraging, and rejuvenating. Watching sports and eating burgers, sweets, and soda was a nice break from the rigors of recruit training. As week 06 wraps up, unifrom-190 is more determined and confident to fight our way to our end goal, becoming coast guardsman. Even in the most difficult of times, we will continue working hard to earn the rewards that recruit training has to offer and make our Company Commanders proud! We had a great week and will carry this momentum to make for an even better and more successful week 07! 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.