Uniform 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Uniform 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 11, 2017

Graduates: September 1, 2017


An action packed week for Uniform-194 would be an understatement. We handled everything from preventing burns to acing midterms. Live from Cape May, the historians are here to update friends and family of U-194.


We started the week off looking sharp, being propped up and posed for our individual pictures. Despite the fact that sleep is an uncommon priority, everyone seemed to be locked on. For the rest of us, we’re thankful for photo enhancement. Stop, drop, and rolling on to Tuesday, we learned all about firefighting basics. When out in the fleet, there is no 9-1-1 so it is vital for every member on the crew to be qualified in case of emergency. We marched our way to Goff Hall and dressed out in full firefighter equipment. As a team, we took turns maneuvering the nozzle and put out the simulated fire. Wednesday was the day Uniform Company was put to the physical test. Now that wasn’t Uniform’s biggest challenge of the day initially, but with the help of a couple of incentive training sessions, “just a mile and a half” became the company quad crusher. Cramps were caught from left to right, still not enough to halt Uniform’s determination. Now Thursday was the day that Uniform had better posture and more pride than ever, as we were displayed at Romeo-194’s graduation. We listened to wise words and grew more anxious for our own time to come. In addition, recruits got a taste of realism filling out their assignment dream sheets… to pre-warn you, we will most likely not get your first choice. As a Coast Guardsman, we don’t get to choose where we want to save people; we get put where people need saving.


Friday was a halfway milestone for Uniform Company. With midterm exams calling our names, we were prepared. Not only are we being trained through physical training sessions, the class plays a big part in our 08 weeks in Cape May. After blowing the midterm out of the water, what better reward than a 2nd round of haircuts? Bald again, we took the parade field at 2000 for the Sunset Parade in honor of the Coast Guard’s birthday. We presented ourselves well. We got to feel a sense of pride. The day was perfect, weather nice, big crowd, and synchronized steps. Saturday was a day for cleaning. Petty Officer Hardy sent out the orders and Uniform did not hesitate to take advantage. As a company, we have become more as one. For this, Uniform was rewarded with their very first evening routine. Hopefully we don’t take another mile when given an inch.


One mysterious new item within our company is a green rope, awarded to the one and only CS1 Hardy. Maybe it was from destroying our souls? Curious as to the power it holds, we don’t hope to find out. Regardless, she seems to list slightly to port now when she marches.


Tip of the week: Don’t smile, or loose military bearing because there is a 99.99% chance you will hold a mattress over your head!

Until next week…



–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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