Uniform 190 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Uniform 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 6, 2015

Graduates: February 27, 2015

It is hard to fathom that Uniform-190 has made it to the end of week 07. Week 07 has been our best week yet because we persevered through challenges and controversies, excelled in our tests, and began to experience the transformation of recruit to non-rate. We have poured our hearts, minds, blood, tears, and enough sweat to flood the state of New Jersey into this process to become coast guardsman! We are still far from the finish line, but we are entering the homestretch of this marathon of a process.

The week began with the challenge of preparing for the William Flores fitness challenge, master chief berry challenge, seamanship final, academic final, manual of arms test, and close order drill test. With that said, we also began waking up at 0500 to help accomplish these tasks. We would wake up and sprint over to the gym to burn 900 calories on a stationary bike before morning chow. Following our morning workouts, unifrom-190 had to manage our time more effectively to allow time to practice our required knowledge for the Master Chief Berry challenge, manual of arms, close order drill, in addition to finalizing our travel arrangements. Some of these tasks became quite difficult with the help of Mother Nature. Bitter cold temperatures, snow, and ice prevented many of our normal day to day activities from happening and threw many wrenches into the Recruit Training Schedule. However, we stayed strong and kept to our determined and motivated ways and began experiencing the rewards of our actions. We did very well in seamanship and earned the seamanship pennant for our guide-on. We then proceeded to knock the academic final out of the park earning that pennant. Finally, the nerves and uneasiness entering the manual of arms and close order drill test disappeared, and we took the bull by the horns and excelled in our test. Our hours of practice, sweat, teamwork, devotion, communication, and pride resulted in Unifrom-190 being the first company to earn the section commander pennant in months.

Along with these success stories, Uniform-190 began to experience the transformation from recruit to non-rate. We are treated more like people now who are mature and responsible for their actions. We are able to respond to our company commanders in a normal voice on the 01 deck of Healy hall. In all other parts of the regiment, we are the painfully and intimidating loud uniform-190 setting the example for all the junior companies. We also learned that our company commanders are human after all; when we had our debriefs with them about recruit training. This was very surprising and motivating for the company.


Week 07 came to an end with uniform-190 demonstrating that we are responsible, disciplined, and able to conduct ourselves in a military manner at all times. We earned off-base liberty, and we enjoyed being able to relax, go to movies, eat at restaurants, socialize, and talk to our family and friends.

Uniform-190 is now on our final approach on our goal to become coast guardsman. We have been given all the tools and skills needed to be successful Coast Guardsman by the most disciplined, knowledgeable, devoted, respectful, and honorable company commanders, YN1 Tilton, BM2 Loeffler, and SK2 Saporito. We are Uniform-190! We are ready to tackle week 08 and complete basic training!

Coast Guard Recruit Company Uniform-190 Graduation Program

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.