Uniform 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Uniform 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 23, 2018

Graduates: Dec 14, 2018


Uniform-196 Week 03 Summary


So we’re finishing up week 03 and we’ve all survived (barely)! This week has been full of learning, and lots of classroom time. None of us are complaining about that. We are eager to learn new things. This week we have been going to our seamanship class and learn about boats, deck equipment, and knots. So far we have learned 05 basic knots and we have done them so many times we could probably tie them in our sleep. We are constantly improving on things we used to struggle with; but we still mess up from time to time, and mistakes equal sweat. Sometimes we are punished as a group and sometimes we are called out individually for our mistakes. For example, earlier this week, one of our shipmates was caught looking around in the galley while we were eating, which is a huge no-no. Our Lead Company Commander singled the shipmate out and made her do tasks to instill the correct behavior that we are supposed to follow.

Sometimes we struggle with our uniforms. We do not always wear the right thing, or once this week we forgot our rain gear when it was pouring rain outside. Sometimes our uniforms are wrinkled or have lint on them etc. One of our shipmates the other day was wearing his hat too far back on his head and he was called out by a Company Commander. Maybe next we will all learn to stop touching our faces, especially since at this point almost everyone is sick.

Tomorrow starts week 04, and we could not be more excited/nervous. Our midterm is next week, and we spend every free second we have studying for it. I speak for everyone when I say we will all put forth our greatest for this test and everything we do. We are all motivating each other and learning to work as a team, getting along most of the time. Week 03 was trying, but we are jumping into week 04 and we are not slowing down or stopping. We are jumping head first into week 04 prepared and one step closer to achieving our goals, individually but most importantly as a team.


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.