Uniform 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

Uniform 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 23, 2018

Graduates: Dec 14, 2018


UNIFORM-196 Week Ø5 Summary


Week Ø5 of recruit training was mostly a blur. This week was “Search and Rescue” week, which means for us that we had exactly eight minutes to get completely dressed, ready and outside ready to go to chow every morning. This challenge proved to be very difficult for the majority of us. The females looked especially rough in the mornings because they didn’t have enough time to do their hair. A lot of people looked like they got dressed blind folded. We all looked a hot mess this whole week but we managed to make it through.

Thanksgiving, however, was probably the highlight of our week. We were so grateful to be welcomed into our host family’s house to celebrate thanksgiving. Being at bootcamp away from our families that day was tough, but we all had wonderful host families that truly care about us and the Coast Guard. Friday of this week we all got really big news, our orders. Finding out where each of us are going after bootcamp was really exciting. It makes us want to push even harder to finish our training. It reminded us how real it’s getting and how close we are to starting our careers. We also got our dress blues this week. We all got to try them on and one of the Company Commanders helped us a lot with how we should wear them and what we were doing wrong. It was the first time we put them on though so there was a lot of things that needed to be fixed. For example, one shipmate had his nametag on so crooked, that it looked like he put it on without looking.

We’re now starting week Ø6 and we have really big shoes to fill since we will be a senior company now. We’re under a lot of pressure now to do everything correctly. We now have junior companies that will look up to us as examples. We have a lot of improving to do in many aspects but we move forward every single day. We’re ready to take on the challenges of week Ø6 and be one step closer to graduating. We’re counting down every minute until then.


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.