Uniform 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Uniform 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 23, 2018

Graduates: Dec 14, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

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Uniform-196 Week 07 Summary


Saturday we had off base liberty and it was definitely one of the best days we have had here. Most of us got hotel rooms so we could just relax and eat junk food. One of our shipmates ordered $30 worth of five guys and ate ALL of it. And we finally got to get coffee! Which means most of us got at least five cups. Today was much needed.

Week 07 has been a great week for Uniform Company. A few days ago we had our finals, which require a score of 80% or above to pass. Everyone passed! After we took our exams, we got to eat lunch with a lot of Senior Chiefs and Master Chiefs. We were free to talk to them and ask them questions. It was an awesome opportunity to be able to talk to Senior Enlisted members. We also got to talk to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and ask him questions. We have accomplished so much this week. We had our Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill test. We had to do this in front of our Section Commander Chief Heinze. We were all terrified, but we scored a 9 out of 10 on both tests.

This week we also had our capping ceremony. Petty Officer Resto made this a real special moment for us. We finally got to get rid of our weird ball covers that say “RECRUIT” in big bold yellow letters and replace it with the ball covers that we will take with us into the fleet. Our new covers actually fit right and they have “U.S. Coast Guard” on the front with the Coast Guard Emblem. We are very excited we get to wear them this week. And because we graduate this week, our Company Flag is flying on the flag pole outside. Walking outside every day and seeing our Company Colors flying fills all of us with so much pride.

This was also a big week for us because we had our debriefing with our Company Commanders. Which means we all got to sit down with them and just talk. They talked to us like normal human beings for once! It turns out, they are all pretty funny and they are just regular people and not robots that just scream all the time. However… training isn’t over. We have 06 more days. And we are counting down every minute!




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.