Uniform 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

Uniform 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 25, 2015

Graduates: October 16, 2015


Week 05 is coming to an end. The previous weeks went by in a big blur; but this past week was something entirely different. When you arrive at Training Center Cape May you notice the large obstacle course. It looks easy and kind of fun. Many recruits made it look like a walk in the park, and others not so much. Yes, it is challenging, but it is not your upper body strength keeping you going… It’s the cheers of encouragement from your shipmates and even company commanders. Even though they may call you insane or crazy they do want us to succeed. When we got our orders Petty Officer Gunther tried to make light of the situation even though he knew we were all anxious, and he even gave us hope when we didn’t get our number one picks. Some information I got out of that hour is that Alaska is cold, Philadelphia is miles from the ocean, and aviators do not know a whole lot about Coast Guard Cutters.. The tears went flying this week whether it was when we got our orders, or when we heard a dial tone for the first time in five weeks to tell our families where we are going for our first station. Talking to our moms and dads, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, or even our children gave us a sense of reassurance that life does go on. Most of our families didn’t recognize our voices at first; it could be the five weeks of screaming or the Cape May crud. It is safe to say that our legs and arms aren’t the only things getting workouts; our vocal chords are stronger than ever. With the transition into Healy Hall comes a lot of extra responsibility and expectations. Week 05 feels like the end of baby steps. From here on out I’m sure there will be less supervision, but much higher stakes. We will finally find out who has what it takes to graduate with Uniform-191, and who needs “extra attention”. Hopefully the cheers of encouragement continue from both sides. We all know that we need it!

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.