Uniform 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Uniform 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 19, 2016

Graduates: June 10, 2016


Another week has gone by and as we enter week 04 the pressure and standards continue to rise. It seems like we haven’t made much progress but we actually have, when you look at where we started to where we currently stand. Each day we continue to grow and improve as individuals and as a team.

This week has been rather stressful, then again when is recruit training not. We had multiple seamanship classes where we learned different knots, Helm commands (which is following orders to maneuver a ship), watch standing/lookout, and nautical terms for areas and parts of a ship. On our practical and tests we all did good but in UNIFORM-192 good is not good enough. We strive to be the best company because we are capable of being the best company and we will be.

On a similar note, we also learned about firearms and half the company spent 02 days at the shooting range. Many of us were both nervous and excited but once we got into the rhythm of things our shooting was, as our instructor Chief Rose would say, “Really really good!” There were shipmates that have never shot before and their results were far from mediocre. This was not a typical stand in front of your target and shoot drill, we shot while moving, behind a barricade, on one knee, with your weak hand, and at the 25 yard line. Over half of those that shot qualified for marksmanship which is quite impressive. All in all it was a very busy and knowledge filled week.

Along with all this learning came a lot of sweat and pain. Our sweat came in various ways including canteens that would be held out either in front of or above or heads, sniper position (holding our pieces at a 45 degree angle), and incentive training with and without or pieces. There is also no need to worry about the rain outside because we make it rain inside and the walls even start to sweat. All these forms of sweat are equally painful and exhausting but there’s a reason to all this madness. Basically when we do things we aren’t suppose to be doing or not do something we are suppose to do like sounding off, meeting time objectives, and following recruit rules and regulations, the we pay in the form of sweat. It’s that simple.

Through these mistakes and failures we continue to use them as learning experience that will benefit us throughout recruit training and more importantly the fleet. We’ve come to realize that moving quickly and with precision in boot camp means lives being saved out in the real world where it matters. There is a plan and purpose to everything we do here, from screaming at the top of our lungs to keeping our elbows tucked in; it is all done to shape us into Coast Guardsman that our country will be proud of knowing that we will protect them because we are Semper Paratus.

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.


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