Uniform 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

 

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Uniform 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 19, 2016

Graduates: June 10, 2016

Week 05 has come and gone in the blink of an eye. It has been one of the fastest and pressure filled weeks we’ve had. As a company our mentality and actions have completely transformed from a “me,” to a “we” attitude. In result, we are able to move quicker, look sharper, and perform better as a whole.

We started off the week with a uniform inspection with the Battalion Commander, FSCS Pace, which didn’t go as well as we hoped for. We were individually placed under his microscope and critiqued on the professionalism of our uniforms and our overall appearance. Even though it wasn’t an A+ inspection we learned from it and moved on. We seemed to have made up for it on Friday when we passed our rack inspections with the Section Commander, OSC Brost. This signified our transition from a junior company to a senior company that is squared away enough to move into the senior building, Healy Hall. As a result, MK1 Dupre now allows us to drink hot chocolate and coffee which we were ecstatic to here because that means we will no longer be tired during class.

This week was Search and Rescue (SAR) week which meant long days spent in classrooms. Some of the classes we had were on boat crewmen, rates and ranks, flags and pennants, family benefits, personal flotation devices, signaling devices, political activities, the history of the Coast Guard, and travel entitlements. Our days began at 0530 and we had morning chow at 0545 so were moving lightning fast, racks made, faces shaved, hair glued, and operational dress uniform squared away. The only way we were able to accomplish these tasks in less than 15 minutes was through team work and the help of our shipmates. We made each others’ racks and help stow items that weren’t needed.

There is no coincidence that the main lesson of this week and recruit training is, teamwork. We had a sweat session with our full sea bags and we passed them to each other around the parade field. It took us 38 minutes to go all the way around with 82 people, which gives you an idea on how big this field really is. As we screamed, “Honor. Respect. Devotion to Duty,” teamwork was essential to complete this task. We relied on each other to be ready and move quickly when passing these bags. Since we are progressing and doing what we need to do, we don’t have as many incentive training or sweat sessions anymore.

The highlight of this week was on Friday. A wave of apprehension came over us as we marched to the beach. Nobody had a clue what was about to happen or whether or not we were about to have the worst sweat session ever. However, once we arrived MK1 Dupre showed us our new office, the ocean. The wait for our orders was finally over. MK1 Dupre, AMT1 Grote, and ME1 Shenk read us our orders one by one. It was a calming, exciting, and eye opening moment as we drowned out the sound of everything besides the crash of the waves and the voices of our company commanders. We’ve realized that our time here is coming to an end and graduation is approaching. We are on our way to be Coast Guardsman that will protect, defend, save, and shield our country and the people that make it great.

Uniform-192 is a company to remember and a legacy in the making.

 

Very Respectfully,

 

SR Patanapaiboon

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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