Uniform 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

 

Uniform 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 15, 2016

Graduates: January 6, 2017

Coast Guard Recruit Company Uniform 193 Graduation Program

 

Week 06 Summary

 

U-193 the Wolf Pack, has just signed off on another week here at Cape May Training Center and it was a dynamic one for sure. To better explain we have to rewind back to last Sunday. A calm morning of divine hours and two chow trips was a good start to another promising day of training. Then as our divine hours came to a close, Petty Officer Loeffler called us all on line in our main muster squad bay and asked us if we were ready to move on with our training in to week 06. Our response a united howl of “YES PETTY OFFICER LOEFFLER,” was greeted with some of the most rigorous and intense incentive training this company has seen in quite some time.

From out of the cracks and crevices of the bulkhead, the rest of the company commanders Petty Officers Tilton, Shenk, and Dockery emerged. They proceeded to draw sweat from our bodies. Petty Officers Tilton and Dockery made shipmates drop to the earth and push the floor like earth worms digging into to concrete. Petty Officer Shenk marched us at a breakneck pace down to the armory to get our high fidelity pieces issued to us, his cadence like a machine gun rapid fire blast. Then we marched through Munro Hall, our feet drumming a dirge call drum beat, while screaming “WEEK 05 DIVE,” at the top of our lungs. After the salt made a river on the floor and mattresses could be held up no longer, Petty officer Loeffler had us get in to formation outside and we marched on into the darkness, cutting through with flashlights for headlights—we were a ship at sea, on an unlit course. We trudged a long; through muddy puddles, rock strewn pathways, and dirt covered roads. LEFT RIGHT Left RIGHT, STOMP STOMP STOMP, went our feet to the rhythm of Petty Officer Loffler’s cadence. There was a point when our knees of varied age and size were about to blow out, then our feet touched the soft sand and we heard the howl of the sea in the distance and felt the salt air in our noses. It was there that Petty officer Loeffler delivered one his most inspirational speeches to us to date. To summarize that moment and Petty officer Loeffler’s speech would be an injustice to the power and emotion it summoned in the heart of the Wolf Pack. Salty tears became one with the waves and surf—small children coming home to the unforgiving mother ocean. We pushed the sand down in to mounds with push-ups, crunches, and squats. Then Petty officer Loeffler told us to turn and we saw in the distance a kite like object colored red and white. IT WAS OUR COLORS! We rushed to where it was and roared together in a harmonious triumph because we finally earned our colors. We were marched back to the house and each of our company commanders sang amazing cadence songs that brought our spirits even higher. The first night of week 06 is one that we will never forget.

After the first day was complete, the rest of the week soared across the regiment. We had firearm safety and firearm qualification courses that filled our schedules up along with several classes. Then it was Christmas Eve. We are all so excited and fortunate to be able to participate in Operation Fireside for Christmas this year. Very generous and caring families from the surrounding Cape May area will be opening the warmness of their homes and hearts to us recruits so that we can have a sense of family while in training for one day. We were also surprised on Christmas Eve by the Coast Guard Service Members Spouse Club with superb stockings stuffed to the brim with everything a recruit needs and wants, and a delicious hot cocoa and sugar cookies. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Cantrell read us an altered version of “It was the night before Christmas,” and we got to talk to the wonderful ladies who put together the whole event. We are all so fortunate to have had this happen to us. The Wolf Pack will use these amazing things to rekindle the flames of inspiration in our hearts and we will run in to week 07 with the battle fire in our eyes. Happy Holidays to our families and to everyone involved at Cape May Training Center.

 

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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