Uniform 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Uniform 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 06, 2019

Graduates: September 27, 2019

Good morning, Friends and Family of Uniform – 197.

Hello again! Uniform Company is thankfully done with week Ø4! It was a crazy week for us full of learning, new adjustments and accomplishments. We started the week off with a class about enlisted careers and that was very helpful for those of us who are not entirely sure what they want to do in the Coast Guard yet. Then we had a class on Colors (raising and lowering our Nation’s Flag) and the importance of flying our flags correctly to honor all those who have died for our country. Then there was our Close Order Drill test which we passed! Now Uniform Company can march on our own without our Company Commanders (sometimes) and for us that is better than a summer beach vacation. We lost some shipmates to failed probation unfortunately, but hopefully we don’t lose too many more.

To lighten the mood we earned the right to have our company colors on display on our quarterdeck! Earning our first stitch was an amazing feeling, even if we were in sniper position and in pain Petty Officer Stephens boosted our confidence and completely raised the bar! The next day was a good one for Uniform, we had a class on firefighting and got to try on all types of firefighting gear. We learned how to use different types of extinguishers on a simulated fire which was very fun. All practice for the practical. We were given time to study for our mid-term exam which is rare so we took advantage of it. Next up was our swim circuit at the gym. It’s always nice getting in the pool, but after that it was right back to learning. We completed part two of our Colors class taught to us by SN Vasquez and he showed us how to hoist the flags. From there another class on commitment and the role that it plays in the Coast Guard. Back at the house we practiced Manual of Arms which we are expected to be proficient at and I’ll say, it’s a lot nicer marching with the pieces rather being incentively trained with them.

Just when we thought that things were starting to get good for us, the middle of the week came like a hammer and hit us right in the gut. Wednesday was full of sweat but on the bright side we got to send our sheets out to be washed and who doesn’t like clean sheets? We did have a couple of classes that day. One on housing and dependents and how that works in the government. Then there was a short visit from the chaplain, He told us stories to keep us encouraged even through our sweat sessions. Core and Strength training is getting more intense as the weeks progress but we are still doing well. The play music during our workouts in the gym now and it’s pretty hard not to sing along, but not wanting to get smoked for loss of military bearing is a very good incentive. Assignments class was next where we got to put in our “Dream Sheets” a list of the places we would like to get stationed. Petty Officer Stephens gave the company some advice and it was to go somewhere new. Even though you all want us to come home, He said that we should explore and experience life in a new and interesting way. It was all very exciting and now we just wait and see if the Coast Guard is going to send us where we want to go.

Thursday was long starting the day off with “Fire Fire Fire” which is an amazing wat to explain the pain in our legs as we get out of our racks and run outside at 0530. We had our Firefighting practical which was a lot of fun even though we got drenched in sweat with all of that heavy equipment on it was a very exciting way to learn and something very new for the majority of us. Later on we logged into our government E-mail and workstation accounts and had some classes on their use. It felt like we were civilians again. Friday we had our Mid-term exam and thanks to Uniforms outstanding wit we earned a 93% earning us another stitch! We now enter week 05 a little more confident, we know that we are halfway there and we miss you all so much! Once again 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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