Uniform 191 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Uniform 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 25, 2015

Graduates: October 16, 2015





The blood pumps through your veins like a fire hose. You can feel it in your neck and every limb on your body. The sweat drips down your face, but it is no longer your sweat, it belongs to our company commanders. It hurts beyond belief, but you find a way to push yourself through it as discipline is developed. Your body keeps telling you no, but your heart says yes, and every day as we push through the pain and struggle we learn more and more. This hard work will one day lead to mission complete, but until then we will suck it up and push on as a company. Aside from the incentive training from our company commanders and the strenuous core strengthening classes that make you realize you have muscles that have never been worked before, we get to enjoy medical visits. When the words, “remove your operational dress uniform blouse” comes from the medical staff we know it means more shots are coming. It is not the needle piercing through your skin and already sore muscle tissue that hurts, it is when the doctor actual begins to inject the vaccine. You forget that you ever got shots until you hear FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! the next morning. As hardcore as it is to wake up this way your mind is still partially asleep with, and you can hardly process what is going on until you’re told to start pushing the deck. This is a more effective way to wake up than any cup of Joe we have ever. Even though we are challenged every day physically we are also challenged mentally. As we sit in class to learn, we are all trying to focus, but seem to want to sleep as our bodies are trying to recover from the fatigue. A lot of us find ourselves standing in the back so we don’t fall asleep even though standing doesn’t seem to work either. It seems that every day we have recruits who are branching out and learning to succeed, or shriveling up and falling like the autumn leaves. We are all learning to respect our shipmates, and we realize that it is time for Uniform-191 to come together and work as a team, and our big chance to show that we are a legitimate company is during the Sunset Parade this Sunday. We all thought that marching is just walking, but started to realize that it is a team building way to get from point A to point B, and though we are not great at marching we are improving day to day as we unite.

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.