Uniform 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Uniform 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 15, 2016

Graduates: January 6, 2017
Week 05 Summary
Sometimes it’s hard to describe just how fast our weeks expire here at Cape May. The wolf pack has made it through another 07 days and we are feeling tired and worn down, yet we remain determined. It was U-193’s SAR (Search and Rescue) week so we have been running everywhere. We started our mornings at 0530, sprang out of bed for muster and then got changed, shaved, hair gelled, and “go fasters” strapped on and then we sprinted to morning chow, all within a 15 minute time limit. After 07 days of running back and forth with breakfast tumbling like laundry in our bellies, our speed and attention to details has improved, which is absolutely the point of the search and rescue week. When a search and rescue mission pops ups when we join the fleet, there won’t be time to take our time in route to save lives.

We have also been spending a lot more time working on our manual of arms and close order drills this week. It is very important that we do so because in week 07 we will have to do these drills in front of one of our chain of command and be graded as a company. Petty officers Tilton and Shenk have been extra patient with us as they try to correct our shuffling bumbling obliques and crooked snake columns. There is no amount of sugary lattice work that will cover up the fact that U-193 has a lot to improve upon before we make it to week 07. With only a little over a week to accomplish this, the steam of pressure is making our squad bay walls sweat.

Because we are gradually becoming a more senior company, our watch intake has increased and the debt to sleep ratio is on the rise; however, none of us decided to join the Coast Guard because we thought that we would have it easy or get more sleep as part of the deal with our recruiters. The Coast Guard is always Semper Paratus and we are learning that this is something to never take lightly.

This week we needed to have our butts kicked a bit to get us back on track. Petty Officer Dockery has really been whipping us up in to stiff peaks of meringue with her “games” and “incentive training”. In every “game” she has us play, Petty Officer Dockery is teaching us to meet our time objectives and follow orders—another important and vital role that every Coast Guardsman must have locked down. Petty officer Shenk also really motivated us this past Saturday when he had us play uniform swap out and pit us against V-193 Company. We screamed and ripped of uniforms in a sweat maddened frenzy to show Petty Officer Shenk that we were way louder and faster than V-193. The walls rained down our sweat to the deck and our uniforms became raisons in our hands. It was an incredible feeling to be cheered on in that way.

Our week finished off with a second meeting with our mentors. It was amazing of them to come back and take the time to tell us about our first duty stations and give invaluable answers to the countless questions that we bombarded them with. Before we met with our mentors Petty officer Loeffler also inspired us to stay locked in and focus on the mission at hand. That mission is to become true Coast Guardsman. Petty Officer Loeffler knows that we have the potential and urged us to keep the boat moving towards the home port. We are getting loud and proud. We take our licks when they are owed to us and move on. There is no way we can go wrong with our Company Commanders steering us right. The wolf pack will survive the winter. We just need to band together, scream our faces off, and walk the walk our company commanders have taught us to walk.


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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