Uniform 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

Uniform 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 23, 2018

Graduates: Dec 14, 2018


UNIFORM-196 Week Ø4 Summary


This week has been a blur. Here at TRACEN Cape May, days, hours, and even weeks blur into one another. It wasn’t even a boring week. We did a fire fighting test. We thought it was going to be a lot of fun, which somehow it was good and not good; the equipment we used was very uncomfortable. We wore huge suits with large air tanks on our backs, and had to stay in the most uncomfortable position, then had to duck-walk while staying low to the ground. We had a group of Ø6 recruits to a single fire hose. The hard part was that the person at the front had to control the nozzle. With Ø5 recruits fidgeting with the hose the recruit in the front gets tossed around trying to balance in that duck-walk position.

Most things at boot camp that normally would be very exciting, here they are just stressful. We are always rushing and being watched by Company Commanders, it is just one big group of recruits. Then when we sit down for class, it seems that we all drank “sleep syrup”. Half the company has to stand up so they won’t pass out in their seats. We have this “go, go, rush, rush, rush” mode in our brains. When we get off our feet, “Bamb!” eyelids fall almost immediately. Even today walked into the head in the middle of the class, there was a fellow recruit sleeping. There is another reason why we have a case of amnesia about this last week. See we have an inspection coming up after divine hours on Sunday. Saying “tensions or nerves are high” is putting it mildly.

The inspection includes uniform inspection and general knowledge questions. If we have a single piece of thread misplaced on our uniforms, we will be drilled with required knowledge. The best part is that the one doing the inspection is the Battalion Commander, Master Chief Petty Officer; not a Chief, but a Master Chief. The man who has been picking off recruits little by little from our company and making squad leaders nervous. We are nervous and a little tense about this upcoming inspection. We won’t only have to train like Coast Guardsman and women, we have to look like one too, but with a lot of ironing and folding we’ll succeed.


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.