Uniform 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Uniform 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 11, 2017

Graduates: September 1, 2017


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Uniform 194 Recruit Journal Week 07


Uniform has come a long way. A really LOOOONG way. Picture this, less than 03 months ago most of us were sitting in high school, and this week recruits are setting up housing, preparing to go underway on a cutter, or even getting married in route. We left the only comfort and security that we had known behind to join a branch that we knew little about. The heart and determination that Uniform 194 possesses is very rare to come by, especially in an environment as such. As a group we took on the world and the world told us to “drop down and push the deck.” This was an experience that turned the girls to women and boys to men. When you’re able to speak to your loved one you will be able to detect the maturity that has strengthened itself within them. Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty means so much more to these newly acquired Coasties that now you might have to try and convince them not to get it tattooed on them.

Petty Officer Hardy took on the challenge as a second mom for these young and naive recruits. With the assistance from Petty Officer Babot, Petty Officer Dockery, Petty Officer Spruce and Petty Officer Stephens Uniform was shaped into this bad a** company that others were envious of. Did you know that Uniform’s Flag means “you are heading into danger”? I mean if that doesn’t prove anything then I don’t know what will. We battled with Cape May crud, Chief Perez, and for the tougher recruits they took on a little extra training just for “fun”. Out of all of this came strong bodies but even stronger bonds; bonds that could last a lifetime. Uniform 194 is now a second last name for these men and women of the United States Coast Guard. We are a family. You the reader, the loved ones of these recruits, are also part of the Uniform 194.

When during graduation you see the Company Commanders that guided us on our journey, please make sure that you personally thank them for what they have done for each and every one of us. No matter how much any of us had maybe been discouraged by them in the beginning, they are the reason that we are now able to take on the fleet as new people. They taught us the Coast Guard core values and how to walk with them.

Week 07 was the most stressful when it comes to performance. This Friday we had our final in the morning, than a manual of arms/close order drill test in the afternoon. With heads spinning in every direction it was vital to take a step back and reevaluate everything that we had to do. For our final, it was 50 questions and you needed an 80% to pass. It was our last academic hurdle, but Uniform pushed through. When the afternoon came U-194 knew exactly what to do. We’ve been doing the same movements since we got off the bus on day 01. It was now a matter of performance and execution. Our test was led by Petty Officer Spruce as well as Petty Officer Stephens and we killed it. Scoring a 09 out of 10 on manual arms and a perfect 10 on close order drill, took an immense amount of weight off our shoulders. We did so good that right after the test Uniform had some incentive training but no one minded due to our scores. With a grin on their faces our company commanders told us to imagine what we would’ve had to do if we did poorly. There was still one last thing to do to complete week 07… OFF BASE LIBERTY.

Wildwood was paradise for recruits in Uniform 194. Except for a mile walk to the actual ocean from the board walk, being from Florida I don’t know what that was about. You might as well call an uber from the boardwalk to the water. Besides that, I can’t think of one thing Wildwood was missing. Seriously, they had everything imaginable. When you first get there you see a GIGANTIC monster truck giving people rides over sand dunes and that’s something you certainly don’t see every day. There were roller coasters, arcades, and even a little animal exhibit where you could touch sharks or baby stingrays, you could shoot paintballs at live targets, order any and I mean ANY variety of pizza you wanted, and the all time craziest thing I saw on the boardwalk was a lazy river! What an experience. There was even a water park with tons of slides and attractions. Although no one went in because uniform wanted to keep their Tropical Blues in the best condition possible, it was still very cool to see. It was great to just look around and walk freely, even if at first it felt weird not walking in a formation or hearing cadence. It was like learning how to walk again. We got on the boardwalk and looked at each other asking what we do now. A major thing that is going to take some time to get used to is getting thanked for our service. Civilians were showing respect and gave recruits roller coaster tickets or even paid for their pizza.

We never thought that we were going to be saying this but SADLY this will be the last entry from Seaman Jones, Fireman Russo and Seaman Tiner. We thank all of the families and friends that took their time to read and even discuss our weekly blogs.

See everyone soon!



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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