Uniform 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

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International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

Uniform 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 06, 2019

Graduates: September 27, 2019

Good morning, Friends and Family of Uniform – 197.

I am exciting to inform you that UNIFORM Company is nearing the end of week Ø3. It’s been an intense week consisting of morning long disciplinary work outs for our many mistakes, an abundance of classes, some good workouts here and there, and a couple of other exciting things that really have gotten the ball running for us. On Monday we had a pretty open schedule, which gave Chief Resto plenty of time to make us train for all our discrepancies. We did get breaks though, to go get our military identification! This made things feel a lot more real and showed we actually have a place here now… even if most of us didn’t like our pictures. We also started seamanship, which has proved to be one of our favorite places to go.

Tuesday started off just like Monday, being held accountable for our mistakes seemed to be the topic of the week as the chants, “we need self-discipline” or “we need to move faster” start feeling like a really bad song played on the radio too much. The sweet escape to seamanship class can’t ever come fast enough. The class as always is fast paced with a lot of information to swallow but it is fun and of course interesting. Also a lot of help for those of us going to small boat stations or cutters after graduation.

Wednesday we almost didn’t have a fire drill at wake-up, but someone decided to sleep in their Operational Dress Uniform after their watch, so therefore we did a million burpees two minutes after waking-up…builds character. After breakfast, we had our company visit with the Chaplain and it was nice to get some encouraging words for once and not get screamed at for a whole entire 3Ø minutes. Seamanship was even better than usual because we had something our instructor calls story time where we get to tell a funny story about boot camp. Someone told a story about how on indoctrination weekend he heard in the middle of the night, someone saying “aye aye Petty Officer Curry” in their sleep, which is fitting because our company commanders really are something straight from nightmares. We also did a test with simulators where we drove a boat and called out orders, it was a super fun and hands-on way to learn.

The rest of the week was mostly the same, classes and workouts. The classes of course were interesting. We had ones on hazing and bullying and sexual assault prevention, which the Coast Guard takes very seriously. We’ve learned so much and UNIFORM has definitely made an improvement, small and slow, but we are getting better. We now go into week Ø4 a little more confident. This is SR Reynoso signing off…

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.

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