Uniform 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Uniform 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 19, 2016

Graduates: June 10, 2016

 

 

“Fire! Fire! Fire!” wake up call in honor of firefighting week which also happened to be one of our best weeks yet. We are officially the most senior company on the regiment and we are excelling the standards of a senior company. Each day in week 06 was marked with a new achievement or a memory that we will cherish when we look back at our days here at good, old Cape May.

As mentioned earlier, it was firefighting week so we had a firefighting practical which required us to quickly change into our fire protection gear and properly extinguish a fire. We entered a dark room full of fog which was used to create a similar effect as a room full of smoke. The only thing guiding us to the fire was the hose on the deck. We lined up and rotated so everybody had an opportunity to extinguish the digital fire. This class taught us how to react and correctly extinguish a fire if we ever come across one.

Along with this class were a physical fitness plan, healthy eating, dress uniform, goals, leadership, hazing, career counseling, and first unit reporting guide class. This week was strictly business with the occasional spurts of fun. Most of our time was spend doing administrative work such as booking flights, contacting our sponsors, filling out housing applications, speaking with our company yeoman, receiving overseas interviews and shots, and anything related to this matter. If it wasn’t administrative time we were cleaning, uniform maintenance, or practicing inspections arms for our test coming up on Friday.

The major event of this week was receiving our colors. We marched to the beach and did incentive training in the sand. As we fixed our eyes on the beautiful ocean, MK1 Dupre gave us a speech about how the ocean is unforgiving and is the taker of lives. He stressed the importance of doing the right thing all the time because we know that the smallest detail could be the difference between life and death. He then ordered us to about face and there it was, our red and white flag (02 red and 02 white squares set up like a checker board) staked into the sand with our 03 assistant company commanders, AMT1 Grote, ME1 Shenk, and BM2 Loeffler, behind it. MK1 Dupre yells, “Do you think you’ve earned it?” We reply with a roar, “Yes Petty Officer Dupre!” He responds with, “Go and get it!” Everyone ran and gathered around the flag and this very moment signified the true moment we became Uniform-192.

From that day on we march and sing cadence lead of one of our company commanders. Some of these cadences are funny while others are about past heroes/history of the Coast Guard. A phrase that is instilled into my memory is, “Look out now, Uniform is here!” We walk around with a newly discovered confidence, chin up and chest out, because we are so proud to be part of Uniform-192. This just goes to show that Uniform- 192 is the company to beat because we are no longer striving to be the best, we are the best and we’ll continue to get better.

One of the most brutally enjoyable days was when we did pugil sticks. We were split into 02 teams and went against shipmate of the same gender and height. We chanted the names’ of our shipmates and fist pumped as we cheered for our team. The feeling of camaraderie and friendly competition filled the air creating an atmosphere that cannot be described. There were smiles and a little bit of smack talk but at the end of the day, even though we were divided into two teams, we are one company; therefore, the winner was Uniform.

Saturday was a great day for Uniform, before our on base liberty we went on a 03 mile fun run as a company with MK1 Dupre. We ran around the regiment singing cadence and our voices echoed beyond the training center. One particular phrase that was sung was, “We’ll give our lives before we let you die.” This phrase alone could be used to describe our new profound perspective on what it truly means to be a Coast Guardsman, willing to endure anything in order to protect our people, because it’s not the name on the right of our uniform that matters it’s the one on the left that gives us a purpose greater than ourselves.

From 1500 till 2100 we had on base liberty which allowed us to go to the exchange, eat whatever our hearts desired, and since we got our cell phones back, we made contact with the outside world. There were tears, laughter, and an overall positive atmosphere during these 06 hours. We finally had the opportunity to get to know our shipmates beyond the walls of Cape May. We exchanged social media, showed pictures of our loved ones to each others, and we learned the first names of our shipmates. It was nice to have regular conversations and learn about where we all come from, what our interests/ hobbies are, and theses tiny things brought us even closer as company.

All in all, it was a great and memorable week for Uniform- 192. We are on our way to do great things and week 07 will be even better.

 

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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