Uniform 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Uniform 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 19, 2016

Graduates: June 10, 2016

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company Uniform 192 Graduation Program

 

One week to go and then we’re off to the fleet. This week was full of accomplishments and sweat. But it was also a very humbling and pride filled week for Uniform-192.

Everyday this week began with an hour long workout, 0530-0630, with either with ME1 Shenk or BM2 Loeffler. We mainly did cycle workouts but there were 02 times when we did a run on the track. We did a fun run with all of our company commanders through the housing near Tracen Cape May. As we sang and ran in harmony, people of the community came outside their houses to cheer for us or take pictures.

As far as achievements, Uniform-192 earned 03 more pennants. We earned the Seamanship pennant on Tuesday since, as a company, we averaged 92% on the final with an average of 90% being the qualifying standard for the pennant. On Friday we had our final exam and averaged 88.94% and the qualifying standard is 88% or everyone passing on the first attempt, which earned us the final exam pennant. Following the final exam was or manual of arms and close order drill test with our section commander, BMC Duncan. We got a perfect score, 10 out of 10 for manual of arms (MOA) and 10 out of 10 for close order drills (COD). Chief Duncan made a note on our score sheet that said we were super loud. As each pennant was placed onto our guide on, feelings of joy, pride, and satisfaction filled each of us, because all of our hard work paid off. Also, since we passed our MOA/COD test we are allowed to have desert at the galley. In total we’ve earned 06 pennants out of 09 pennants that can be earned. We have the physical challenge, the Battalion Commander (earn a certain number of points based on your required knowledge), and the Coast Guard pennant (earning all other 08 pennants) to earn. It was a spectacular week for Uniform-192 in terms of achievements.

Since the weather is finally in our favor, on Friday we got to do the confidence course. The confidence course is a series of obstacles that was created to challenge us and help us overcome any fear we may have. Our company commanders guided us through each obstacle and showed us the correct way to overcome each obstacle. When we came across an obstacle that filled us with fear, such as an obstacle that was high off the deck, our company commanders were patient and encouraged us. They would not allow us to quit because they knew that were we more than capable of overcoming any obstacle. As our shipmates cheered us on, the people that were hesitant at a certain obstacle began to realize their capabilities. Once they conquered that obstacle, tears of fear changed to tears of joy because they were no longer being held back by their fears. This course taught us to pay attention to detail and, that with confidence and perseverance the amount of things that can be accomplished are infinite.

On Wednesday night our lead company commander, MK1 Dupre, sat down with us and had his debriefing. We learned about his past 13 years in the Coast Guard and the life changing moments that happened in his career. He told us that being a company commander was the most rewarding job he’s had because he is able to transform and witness the change in recruits from civilians to Coast Guardsman. It was also very humbling to know that MK1 Dupre didn’t put us through anything he hasn’t done himself. At Company Commander School he went through all the incentive training and remedial we did. We’d describe MK1 Dupre as a motivational, hardworking, passionate, professional, and humble natural born leader who is always striving to be the best.

When Saturday came around, our excitement could not be contained. That morning when it was time for colors chills ran through our bodies as the national anthem began to play. There was so much pride within our bodies because we knew that a week from now we will be true Coast Guardsman. From 0945-2100 we had off base liberty which was code for rest and relaxation. As we marched out through the gates there were wives, kids, family, and friends that were waiting to spend time with their future Coastie. We wore our Tropical Blue Long uniform and were on our way to Wildwood, Rio Grande, or anywhere within a 50 mile radius of the base. As we got out off the bus or taxi people began to shake our hands and express their appreciation for our service. People stopped their cars, stopped us at the grocery store, and even sat down with us and took the time to thank us for our service. We responded with a proud, “Thank you for your support.” It was a humbling and reassuring feeling every time someone showed their gratitude towards us. Some things we did were rent hotel rooms so we could have long showers and rejuvenating sleep, walked the board walk at Wild wood, eat great food at Mack’s Pizza, Lucky Bones, The Lobster House, Five Guys, and a hibachi place in Rio Grande. At Wildwood we played games and gave our prizes away to the kids and there were kids that stated marching behind us which was very cool because it shows that they look up to us. We also ran into company commanders which we weren’t worried about because we were on our “A” game. We saluted an admiral from the Navy/Army Honor Guard and he thanked us for our service which meant so much to us because he is way above us in terms of position and he still thanked us. Lastly, people wanted pictures of or with us and were more than happy to comply.

There is only one, and there will never be another, Uniform-192 and our time is nearly up. So on behalf of Uniform-192, we’d like to thank you all for your continuous support throughout our journey here at Tracen Cape May. We will see you all at graduation. Finally, we’d like to thank our company commanders, our lead company commander, MK1 Dupre, and our assistant company commanders, AMT1 Grote, ME1 Shenk, and BM2 Loeffler for pushing us beyond our limits and preparing us for the fleet. We could not have asked for a better group of company commanders to transform us from civilians to proud Coast Guardsman.

 

 

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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