Uniform 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Uniform 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 27, 2018

Graduates: April 20, 2018

As week 04 comes to a close, u-195 can reflect upon the numerous gains and losses it has experienced during this hectic week. New faces once again join the company, while old ones disappear, yet the solidarity of shipmates remains strong. Learning to work together and utilize strengths and identify weaknesses, we are continually improving the ways in which we work together and achieve success. Recruits helping one another and cheering each other on can be easily seen when looking at u-195. Those skilled at making the perfect rack shuffle around their squad bays, avoiding shipmates sprawled across the floor furiously dusting away. No more does someone have to push through a crowd of recruits running in the opposite direction just to find a lost glove, for it is held high in the air by a shipmate calling out its owner’s name. Challenges and inspiration were most definitely the themes of the week. First came the dreaded physical fitness test consisting of a run, push-ups, and sit ups. We can all agree that the hours of incentive training and bike workouts during the past month had paid off, because many of our scores improved from our first physical fitness test in week 01. In addition to the physical fitness test, we also took the midterm, giving the company the chance to prove how much we have learned since stepping of the bus and onto the yellow triangles weeks ago. The highlight of the week though, was finally filling out our dream sheets to request our first assignment locations after boot camp. Emotions of excitement and fear filled the air as we put our wishes to paper and officially out of our hands. U-195 definitely seeks adventure and new experiences with Alaska and Hawaii being top choices, and many seeking to be stationed far from home and familiarity. In addition to locations, the company also learned about all the enlisted ratings the coast guard has to offer. With interests ranging from boatswain’s mate, damage controlman, yeoman, to culinary specialist, the diversity of u-195 ensures we will represent in all areas of our branch. it is a clear benefit that we will be able to experience the jobs that inspire us first hand before we select one, allowing us to either diversify our solidify our future ambitions. Week 04 also gave the company the opportunity to take our uniformed portraits. Robed in our dress uniforms and seeing the beaming faces of fellow shipmates was a true motivation to reach the finish line and rightfully earn what we are constantly working so tirelessly for. Self-reflection was also front and present during the week, as shipmates shared with each other the stories of why we were all here, who we were, and who we want to be. The familiarities and wonderments of life, the sorrows and triumphs, the mistakes and ambitions, were at these moments understood and felt by all. As u-195 finally makes it to the halfway point, the outside world and lives left behind seem distant, but never forgotten. 04 weeks completed, countless lessons learned and experiences gained, 04 weeks to go.


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.