Uniform 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Uniform 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 11, 2017

Graduates: September 1, 2017


Good morning, Friends and Family of Uniform-194.

Set the scene: 117 young recruits think they are reporting to the United States Coast Guard. Not a single soul knew what they were in for. Fast forward to Day 06, rack inspections for the remaining 106 recruits. BAM! Income our so-called Company Commanders, also known as the Avengers: We have the Hulk (AKA Petty Officer Spruce) smashing through every rack; Spider Woman (AKA Petty Officer Dockery) jumping from rack to rack correcting wrong recruits’ deficiencies; the Human Torch (AKA Petty Officer Babot) setting our muscles ablaze and setting off the fire alarm; Thor (AKA Petty Officer Stephens) swinging his hammer of push; then there’s Petty Officer Hardy… our… only… saving… grace. 106 recruits stood strong. 106 recruits failed… Morale was low, looking across the debris field—our proud uniforms strewn about, Q-tips and trash coating the deck.


These past two weeks have been nothing like what we expected, filled with highs… and very lows. To all the moms out there worried about your child, we are here to reassure you that you will be more than happy to hear about our progress. We take multiple classes on personal hygiene, and clean then reorganize, then clean and reorganize, then clean and reorganize until its perfect. That student that couldn’t wake up is no longer existent; U-194 wakes up at 0530 every morning more awake than the rest of the day. So far boot camp has been an abundance of continuous marching, fire drills and switching back and forth from our black socks and boots to white socks and go-fasters.


We received our pieces this week along with a new variety of incentive training. Although 85-90% of us passed the physical fitness assessment, this new plan will certainly have all of us passing with flying colors by Week 04. Along with the lows of boot camp, there is always a plan of action to lift us up. Whether it is speaking with our mentor Captain Davenport; the Chaplain—Father Brown—catching us up with the latest going on in the real world; or simply switching from running to working out on stationary bikes.


Slowly but surely, U-194 is beginning to work together more. The days feel longer than the actual week itself. Time wasted leads to more sweat and the only way we will move forward in training is to come together as a team. Only time will tell if we will.

–Reporting from Training Center Cape May, SR Jones and SR Russo–


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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