Uniform 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Uniform 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 25, 2015

Graduates: October 16, 2015


Uniform 191 Week 03

Sunday marked the end of three weeks. When you think about your whole time at TRACEN it feels like more than 3 months. Week three was a good week for Uniform-191 we found our marching leader, and started meeting time objectives, and for the most part we started sounding off as a group.

Monday we went to the pool for survival float class and were taught how people survive in frigid water for a long time. They wear a suit called the mustang that helps trap your body heat and lets you float in the water. It was pretty relaxing to just lay there on top of the water and not have to worry about anything.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were a mixture of classes and gym workouts. The day’s sound pretty easy but when you are sitting in class at 0730 after waking up at 0530 plus coming back from morning chow, sleep is the only thing on your mind.

Thursday was interesting; we started seamanship classes and learned started learning stuff about boat and basic knots. There are so many knots in the Coast Guard like slip clove hitch, bowline, square knot and so many more.

Friday was a special day; we got to honor the lives taken 14 years ago when the twin towers were attacked. All the companies stood and watched colors which are the lowering and rising of the flag. Our Battalion Officer spoke a few words after the raising of the flag. Friday was graduation for Papa-191. Saturday was literally morning chow then seamanship class to afternoon chow than seamanship to evening chow. We learned how to receive and give helm commands.

Week three was a very rewarding week for Uniform -191. We came together and understood that we determine our training. All we have to do is take it one day at a time, besides it’s just another day at training center Cape May.



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.