Uniform 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Uniform 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 19, 2016

Graduates: June 10, 2016

As the 4th week comes to an end, we are left wondering, where has the time gone? Here at Tracen Cape May the days feel like an eternity while the weeks feel like seconds. It seems like it was just yesterday when we were getting off the bus and forming at Sexton Hall, but now we are the ones that watch over the new recruits, we’ve come a long way.

Chaos, would best describe this week because of all the sweat, tests, workouts, cleaning, manual of arms, marching, and classes we had. We had our midterm on Friday and as a company we performed very well and received the midterm pennant, which we are proud of. We also had our physical fitness test on Wednesday and this time the graduation requirements had to be met. As the soon to be best company, we rose to the occasion and the majority of us crushed the physical fitness test while  some even improved from the initial test. All those sweat sessions our company commanders, MK1 Dupre, AMT1 Grote, ME1 Sheink, and BM2 Loeffler, made us do seem to pay off. During the run portion of the test there were faint whispers of shipmates telling each other to push themselves and that shows how we we’ve grown stronger as a company because we start caring more about our shipmates and our performance as a whole.

On a similar note, we finally got to sing cadence. As a company we ran 01 mile while our lead company commander, MK1 Dupre, and one of our assistant company commanders, BM2 Loeffler, lead us in cadence. That may just have been the highlight of the week, and recruit training. We sang “Left, left, keep it in step” “Align to the right. Cover down,” and “Get louder, or else we are going to sweat. Canteens over your head.” This was one of the rare forms of enjoyable sweat. We can’t wait till we get to run off base and homeowners come out and cheer us on as we run and sing cadence. Our lead company commander, MK1 Dupre, mentioned that we will only sing cadence when we are loud and start acting the way we are suppose to so the fact that we sang cadence must mean we are on the right track.

This week was a very “piece”-ful week. We did sniper position and incentive training with our pieces daily. But we also practiced our manual of arms everyday. Each day we looked sharper and sharper as we marched and performed left/right shoulder arms, port arms, etc. We also seemed to draw the attention of bystanders because they turned their heads and watched us as we executed each order with snap and precision.

A final highlight from this week was filling out our assignment sheets more commonly known as a “dream sheet.” We put in our requests for our first station and the anticipation as we wait for the future of our careers to be determined is killing us.

All in all, Uniform-192 is starting to, as MK1 Dupre says, “Adapt and overcome,” and each day we learn from our mistakes to make ourselves better recruits and more importantly fleet ready Coast Guardsman. Uniform -192 loud, fast, and soon to be senior and best company on the regiment.

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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