Uniform 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Uniform 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 15, 2016

Graduates: January 6, 2017


Uniform – 193

Week 02 Summary


With two weeks on the books uniform-193 is feeling raw and ragged. We have pushed the cold ground until the pavement burns red. We have climbed mountains of stairs and heard our company commanders scream fire, fire, fire until their vocal chords snapped. There is no elephant in the room; we know our company commanders want to whip us into shape. Our days are long but we are always kept busy. Most shipmates agree that our time with our lead company commander petty officer Loeffler is always uplifting and educational. In just two weeks we have made a few small triumphs; some of which include different drink options at chow and access to the peanut butter and jelly line. Though this may not seem to be a big deal to most, it went over well with all of our shipmates. Every day at the chow hall we find ourselves singing, or rather screaming, songs of “get it together shipmates” lead by our favorite assistant company commander’s petty officer Shenk, Tilton, and Dockery. These songs encourage us to eat our food in a way that leaves little time for digestion and move right into the next task.

This week we were fortunate to participate in operation fire side. A program where countless gracious and caring families from Cape May invited us into their homes where we were fed and lavished with snacks and the use of our cell phones. In those fleeting hours we were able to get a taste of being free. We got to talk to our families and feel closer to the homes we all left behind. Reality awoke us from our wonderment the next day. It’s probably because we ate so much thanksgiving food that the assistant company commanders lit a fire under our feet. Many of us are wondering if all these pain games are worth the rights to don our Coast Guard blues, and the answer is yes! We are the future of the Coast Guard. We know the road to this glory is not entitled to us. We must be broken down to our bare bones to be rebuilt to the Coast Guard standard. When we are pushed to the max our screams will be the sounds of a wolf pack howling. Each grueling task will only make us stronger. Our howling will soon make waves across the entirety of Cape May. Uniform – 193 will eat those incentive training sessions down to the bone. This is our world now. Although we have many more mountains to climb we the wolf pack are slowly becoming uniform. January 6th is indeed a long way out but it is coming. WINTER IS COMING!


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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