Uniform 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Uniform 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 23, 2018

Graduates: Dec 14, 2018


Uniform-196 Week 06 Summary


The beginning of Week Ø6 was pretty much the same as other weeks. One big blur with classes that we all tried not to fall asleep in. We did work more on gaining information about our units and moving ourselves and our stuff across the country. We started to buy our tickets to travel to our station or cutter, which is unbelievingly scary. On one hand were the “making plans” to ship off in Ø3 weeks, in the other hand our Company Commanders are still correcting recruits. How can we make plans for Ø3 weeks if we are still stuck here?

Our Company Commanders are starting to treat us as adults. They are correcting individuals instead of the whole company together. This means the recruits not following instructions get corrected while the rest of us get to learn. It feels good to learn, so we no longer look like new recruits. Today started off with having our Lead Company Commander talk to us as adults instead of recruits. He explained that we need to step up our game because junior companies need to follow our example. He believes that we can be the best company on the regiment. This truly got into our souls, we have the skills and ability to be a great company. We just have to put our skills together as a unit and succeed together, is the only way we all can get to graduation.

Next came pugil sticks bouts. We paired up and fought each other with foam sticks. We fought in a little ring inside the track. The ones who waited to fight gathered outside the ring and screamed and cheered. It didn’t even matter if we won or lost. We just yelled and acted as a normal sport fans instead of recruits. While we were at the track, a dolphin helicopter flew real close all around us, even the pilot saluted us; it was our mentor! After the bouts, we got to tour a cutter and the small boat station. We got to really talk to a seaman and fireman who are stationed there and that only graduated training Ø2 months ago. This was a great chance to see what our life is going to be like in just a few short weeks. Later today we got our on-base liberty. This means we got our cellphones, went to the exchange, and hung out at the Harborview club; most importantly no Company Commanders. Talking to our loved ones and getting to know each other not as a recruit is a gift. It went by way too fast. Now for the final finally of today’s events, happened while walking back to the house from the bouts. We were marching then halted and right faced, there was our Colors. We first thought it was a tease, but then our Lead CC told us, “go get your colors”. We are now a senior company on the regiment.

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.