Uniform 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Uniform 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 25, 2015

Graduates: October 16, 2015


The only way to describe this week is over-whelming! We lost a few people, but gained a lot. We started the week by learning the basics about the Coast Guard standard pistol. We spent the whole day at Goff Hall for that class! Tuesday came with the biggest surprise in recruit training so far. We arrived back from afternoon chow to have a pleasant inspection from our Section Commander, Chief Arseneaux. He had us all line up in front of our racks, and then he began inspecting our racks one by one while asking us required knowledge. We can safely say that we know our required knowledge pretty well until our section commander asks us questions. His command presence made us all freeze up in some way, and some of us wouldn’t have even been able to tell him our birthdays if he would have asked. The people who froze up completely either got put on probation, or sent to RAMP for a couple of nights. After it was all over we were just glad to still be in the company. After the inspection we learned about morning and evening colors (raising and striking the national ensign), and our colors detail was selected and got some hands on experience learning how to raise and strike colors. On Wednesday, we started a new page. We took our physical fitness exam then hopped on a bus to go to an off base shooting range. Many of us have never shot guns before so it was a pretty exciting experience. On Thursday we got to fill out our “dream sheets”, and request locations of where we wanted to be stationed. Friday was a stressful day as we had our midterms, and graduation support for Quebec-191. The midterm wasn’t too hard since it was an open book test, and we had a more than fair amount of time to complete it. Standing watch during graduation support is more stressful than the midterm, because there are many officers in attendance, and a lot of processing and greeting of all the people that pass. One of our shipmates didn’t greet an Admiral, which is a very big deal… He is no longer with our company. After all of that we got our haircuts again, and some of us enjoyed it and others didn’t. Saturday was pretty much sweat followed by more sweat. We added more exercises to our incentive training sessions, planks and dead cockroaches, ultimately leading to even more soreness for Uniform-191 to deal with. Many of us are counting down the seconds until divine hours on Sunday were we can collect ourselves, and press on one day at a time in beautiful 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.