Uniform 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Uniform 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 15, 2016

Graduates: January 6, 2017
Coast Guard Recruit Company Uniform 193 Graduation Program


Week 07 Summary

Week 07 is fleeting, tomorrow is New Years, and for the Wolf Pack, the hunt is coming to a close as we approach our eighth and final week of training here at Cape May Training Center. We spent most of the last 07 days in class, trying to stuff more knowledge in our already overloaded brains. Also, our sleeping schedule was adjusted back a half hour, so U-193 woke up every morning at 0500 to get ready to hit the gym. Each gym session was lead by one of our Company Commanders, and we were tasked with biking until we burned 400 calories or other strenuous activities. All of these exercise meets were geared toward our physical fitness challenge (which is like a pseudo triathlon) that is set for this coming Monday, which has made the pressure rise. This opportunity gives us another chance to earn a pennant for our company guide on ‘Fenrir.’ Yes, our guide has its own name and was assigned its very own rack, that’s how the wolf pack rolls.

Now that the topic of pressure has been breached, all of us were feeling that itching flame, tickle up the back of our throats this past Friday, due to our final exam. Tension, terror, and tap dancing nerves greeted us that morning as we rose to the routine. Morning chow jostled and turned left in our bellies as we made our way to the testing center. It is difficult to study sometimes for recruits due to the nature of our training; however, many of us were scouring the pages of our handouts and notes—eyes sucking up the inky words from the printed paper, frantically attempting to memorize every line and date and detail. Most graciously, some extra time was allotted to us by our company commander team, it is this and those spare moments that we all did fairly well on our final. The mood in the room changed once we completed the test. From uptight recruits, to ‘crazies’ (as Petty Officer Tilton would call us) who passed, we had to use all manners of self control to not skip our way back to the house. With another hurdle hurled from our path, we find ourselves realistically looking at January 06 and able to just glimpse the shoreline. Though the road has become shorter, the turns and challenges will never become easier.

Another awesome opportunity that the wolf pack hamstringed was the privilege of off base liberty this past Saturday, which was granted to us by Petty Officer Loeffler. We go dressed and pressed and marched on eggs to the buses where we were taken to the different burrows of the surrounding Cape May area. This was such a treat as we were able to have our phones and make calls to our loved ones. Also, we walked around the town and ate junk food and drank coffee and energy drinks until our belly buttons popped out and our faces told a tale of a recruit who has had too much sugar. Many of us also got pedicures and watched movies to pass the time. Summary of Saturday from one recruits lips was ‘AAAA-MMM-AAA-ZZZ-ING!’

One final very cool thing was that we have been going through a series of debriefings with all of our Company Commanders, Petty Officers Loeffler, Tilton, Shenk, and Dockery. Each of them sat down with us and gave their backgrounds on their careers and bits and pieces of their personal lives. It was such a different experience to actually be able to make eye contact with our Company Commanders and be allowed to ask question that pertained to them, but also it was very educational and will be beneficial to the wolf pack because every one of our Company Commanders gave excellent advice on how to be successful in the Coast Guard.

U-193, the wolf pack is coming in to the final stretch of our training as our last week begins. There are still more obstacles for us to overcome and so much for us to internalize. We just need to take this last week and strive to be the best that we can be. Our Company Commanders have guided through the storms and waves of the ocean that is Cape May Training Center. We are ready to run this wolf pack to the next hunting ground, only we will be going our separate ways. In this entire process, we went from trying to survive on our own to bickering pups and now we are a true family. We are U-193 the wolf pack! This is our saga. Hello winter, we are 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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