Uniform-197 Recruit Journal Week 6

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

Good morning, Friends and Family of Uniform – 197. Hello again, buckle your seat belts because you’re about to hear about Uniform’s wild ride through week 06. We started the week split in two, port and starboard and we stayed that way for most of the week. On Monday we had firearms training from 0800 to 1600; it was interesting but weird staying in one place for so long. We are used to always moving around. We learned about ammunition and the different parts of the firearm, safety procedures, how to clean the firearm, and why that is important. Back at the house we joined the other half of the company in a sweat session then went to chow. Chief Resto taught us about dress uniforms. It is still amazing to see how our Company Commanders can switch from teacher to monster mode in a matter of seconds. We had to sweat the rest of the night after class. We had our fitness test on Tuesday and that went pretty well, almost everyone passed and we gained the right to get dessert at the galley. Afterwards we had our first unit reporting guide class and some people actually contacted their units. We did dress uniform fitting and travel worksheets. Then we head out to the range for our live fire training. The range is at the FAA tech center which is about 45 minutes off base by bus. We got to relax and even take a nap if our hearts desired. The range was so much fun, it was great putting all we learned to test. Some of us found out that we are pretty decent shots. The naps on the way back were magical, the snoring wasn’t though. The next two days was mostly admin time and a couple of classes. We also had a tribute at the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial for 9/11. Captain Felger gave an amazing speech reminding us all why we joined the Coast Guard; to protect, defend, and save the people of the United States. We had career counseling, a class on safety and household goods entitlements, all very important, just like everything else we learn in Basic Training. Friday we had our last graduation support for Tango company making Uniform the most senior company on the Regiment. Later that night we had a running program to stay prepared for our off base runs, some of the company went to choir instead. Today was one of those days that makes you question every decision you’ve ever made. We were making mistakes, simple ones that we should not have been making and oh did we sweat for it!?! Sweat after sweat after sweat after sweat with an occasional head and water break. We even packed up our lives to go to Victor company. Physically defeated and mentally drained Uniform was still fighting to keep our shipmates home. After all this was the greatest moment of boot camp so far. We earned our colors. This day was the worst and best day and 100% brought us all so much closer. We got to march to our operational tours of cutters and the station singing cadence with our colors waving proudly through the air. It was cool to see the cutters and station and to learn a little bit about Non Rate life. We got on base liberty, called our families on our phones and ate junk food at the Harbor View ending the night off in the most amazing way possible. Uniform is coming together and it is exciting to see.

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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