Uniform 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Uniform 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 15, 2016

Graduates: January 6, 2017

Uniform – 193

Week 04 Summary

For the wolf pack (U-193), another week has been claimed from the calendar. For most, the last seven days has felt like an uphill battle where your enemy is the infinite all knowing and unforgiving sky. Everything about our training has intensified and the mental game has tripled. We’ve had a lot on our plates this week with fire safety classes along with a fire safety practical, as well as our physical fitness test and midterm. Due to all of these stress factors it is no wonder why so many of us were foaming at the mouth and speaking in tongues by Saturday evening. Most of the pressure oozed its way over us like jam from a broken jar on Wednesday afternoon as we marched from chow to the gymnasium for our physical fitness test.

Our stomachs were tanks of crude oil getting slammed around the bow of a crewless vessel. Every muscle knotted in our bodies and sweat rolled down our backs as we prepared for the test. Fortunately (but most of the time unfortunately) we are still a green company that makes many mistakes. With those mistakes comes plenty of ‘incentive training,’ and our diligent lead company commander Petty Officer Loeffler and assistant company commanders Petty Officers Tilton, Shenk, and Dockery always have new games for us to play like push the earth or eyes in the boat. Our company commanders are a constant source of inspiration and a reminder that we need to move fast and be loud and because of this, most all of us were able to pass with distinction and one of our pack was called the fastest recruit on the regiment by Petty Officer Loeffler. It was also very cool to have Petty Officer Loeffler and Petty Officer Tilton watching us as we went through each test. With stern glances like that, who would want to quit until you pushed your hardest?

After the physical fitness test the week really melted off the pages and we were sitting in front of computers taking our midterm exam on Friday afternoon. It was an official marker that we are half way through this monster of a challenge. Again the wolf pack did pretty well on the test and was able to earn our first pennant for our company guide on. A final awesome thing that happened this week was receiving our first orders. This information made everything so surreal. We now know what our next mission upon graduation.

With half of our training completed and a few milestones to wear around our necks we still feel in awe. There is no room to get short timers syndrome or to become overconfident or comfortable. We still have half a mountain to climb and from this side, the peaks look far more daunting. We got a very harsh taste of what’s to come when our Section Commander Chief Brost did a routine rack inspection in each of our squad bays. Ravaged, wrecked, and destroyed are a few choice words to describe many of the racks after that encounter was over. Like a tornado yokes a house up, our things were thrown pail male, east and west. These inspections will be happening more often along with uniform and performance inspections as well. Although the wolf pack is starting to shape up and move through these mine fields the road ahead is long and harsh. Week 05 is sure to test us to our very cores. Are we ready for winter because it 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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