Uniform 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Uniform 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 11, 2017

Graduates: September 1, 2017

The time is 0530 and deafening whistles start screeching. You now have 60 seconds to jump into your shoes and speed out to the quarter deck for roll call, despite your morning breath and crusty eyes. Your name is sounded off and 03 minutes have already been wasted. Now you have to change into full uniform, transit down 03 flights of stairs, and run across the regiment as fast as you possibly can for morning chow…at 0545. WELCOME TO SAR WEEK!

For the people who don’t know what SAR (search and rescue) week is, it is meant to imitate a real life search-and-rescue call at the most inconvenient time; but when a life is on the line all other things come to a halt and there is only one mission in mind.

S.R. Jones, S.R Russo, and S.R. Tiner here to invite family and friends of U-194 to experience week 05 through a step-by-step march in our boots. We hit the deck running this week, literally. Week 05 started off with a refreshing 03 mile company run, or at least the first 02 miles were. The last mile for Uniform became increasingly difficult as the peanut butter and jellies started to settle in. Meanwhile our lead company commander Petty Officer Hardy managed to embarrass by not even breaking a sweat. She was not hesitant to let us know either. At the end of this Cape May marathon, she stated “COME ON, UNIFORM! It was ONLY 03 miles; not a half marathon.” We’re just glad we got to train before we take our run off base for the public eye to see.

This week U-194 marched over to the Uniform Distribution Center and received our dress blues. This lifted sprits greatly because we saw how sharp we will be on graduation day. It’s going to take some practice getting everything together if we want to look anywhere near as good as our Company Commanders. This won’t be a quick process. One thing that Uniform did do quickly was break the 02-year regimental personal flotation device record. The mission was to put a life jacket on as quickly as humanly possible. This sounds easy but in tight quarters Uniform fastened all straps and properly equipped 107 recruits in 29.03 seconds. I’m no fortune teller but I don’t see that record being broken anytime soon.

We’ve grown accustomed to moving lightning fast. So fast that the showers we took back home are referred to as Hollywood showers. If you get 10 minutes to shower your whole squad bay, that’s a great day right there. The showers we take now are called sea showers, and every second counts. Not only are we fast, but this week U-194 did some pretty awesome things. We got 100% participation in our blood drive that was hosted on base. That’s another pennant to add to our company flag, along with the midterm pennant that was received for scoring an average of 90% on our exam. Uniform is leaving the hurricane (forming stage) stage and is now moving on to the performing stage of training.

Last, but certainly not least, was the thing on every recruits’ mind all week long. ORDERS! Orders are the beginning of your Coast Guard story. It was a nerve racking week as Petty Officer Hardy told us where our next voyage was going to set sail. She would ask us “did you want polar bears or palm trees?” right before revealing our first billet. Each recruit’s response drew either an envious or sarcastic remark that sent us into a cough/laugh storm. After our orders we got to spend some time with the great, motivational, and all around optimistic company mentor Captain Davenport. There wasn’t a question he couldn’t answer or an assignment that he couldn’t break down to us. Along with knowledge, Captain Davenport “takes care of business” by bringing in boxes of chocolate for us to enjoy during our meetings. You have no idea the happiness a Kit Kat or Reese’s can bring to recruits in basic training.

Week 06 starts tomorrow, we will see you soon.


– Cape May’s worst marching squad leader, S.R. Jones


Tip of the week: Don’t be afraid of failure—even if it means you have no idea how to march a company and it looks like the blind leading the blind.

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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