Uniform 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

Uniform 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 23, 2018

Graduates: Dec 14, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889



UNIFORM-196 Week Ø2 Summary


Life is hard at Training Center Cape May. This is the end of Week Ø2 of training and we all thought that Ø1 week was supposed to be hell but if Ø1 was hell, then Ø2 was cruel. Between getting woken up before dawn by a fire alarm and running while fixing your shoes and hair; daily training sessions holding something heavy straight in front of us or over our heads, while screaming our faces off at all times. Our personal favorite, unrealistic time objectives. For example, folding laundry and making racks to the book, would take a normal person 2Ø minutes to do. But not Coast Guard Recruits, we get 3ØØ seconds. Recruits are not normal though, not at Training Center Cape May. We get treated like we are hairy caterpillars that could have the potential to become butterflies.

Still treated like a sticky thing on a Company Commander’s boot; it isn’t too bad though, not when you are among other pieces of sticky thing. Together we make a hairy caterpillar hoping to become a butterfly, or go see your loved ones, either one works. Now for some funny moments of recruit training…just a second it takes a moment. Alright, at bootcamp we are like infants that have to learn how to walk and speak correctly. We march or walk in a formation, it has to be serious. We are in the military and have no choice, just a perfect little statue. Always starting on our left foot, always swinging our arms so they brush against our thighs at the right time and place, don’t want to be off step, that’s not considered a good statue. I don’t think that the Coast Guard Training Center considered Mother Nature and the ability to march like a statue.

When the winds pickup, baseball covers start whipping off our heads flying 15 feet away whacking some other recruit in the process. Not a single one of us bends down and steps out of formation to grab the fellow shipmates cover. Just keep on marching forward at the hat flies off with the wind. While the owner scrambles like mad to catch it before they think the Company Commander can’t see them out of formation. That’s what stress does to you, you lose your compassion and helpfulness to others. Even the simple act to bend down to pick up a cover to help out someone else. No such thing as sticking up of helping others in week Ø2. Not while living in a bear cage, it’s survival of the fastest. A fellow shipmate not ready to form up, leave them at least it’s not you receiving the training session this time.

We are living with around a hundred people smacked up next to one another, but still feeling truly alone. Stress is too high now it brings out the worse in one another. For the time being we keep our eyes on the birds wishing to become a flock.


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.