Uniform 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

Formed: June 02, 2020
Graduates:  July 24, 2020

The classroom in lower Healy Hall is one none of the newly formed U-198 will forget. The start of a very rocky, steep, slippery climb for everyone. Being one of the few companies to be able to go through the restriction of movement, and continue training through the pandemic. Now…*Drum Roll*…. Introducing our Company Commanders! ET1 Stephens, known to us as the Western Freddy Kruger. HS1 Baez, The Brooklyn Pit bull of the trinity. These two, our Assistant Company Commanders; their main jobs are to wring us literally Bone Dry of sweat. Plastic M-16’s, full canteens, single blades of grass and air as their weapons of choice. Goodness, who knew how much pain these tiny things could cause, including Petty Officer Baez Himself. Although the Company has suffered numerous “L’s” (Petty Officer Baez’ way of saying Losses). We have had our few successes though. We earned the uniform flag patches proving to the regiment that we are proud to be in our Company. Petty Officer Hernandez gifted them to us alongside one of his inspirational speeches.  The sadistic angel himself, protecting us from the assistants, while still holding us to the most appropriate of standards.

Every company has the opportunity to have a mentor, but not many are lucky enough to have a Vice Admiral! Vice Admiral McAllister, for those of you who are unaware, Is the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support. He is Directly under Admiral Shultz in our chain of command.  We were also blessed to have Master Chief Lewis’ presence this weekend, asking questions and receiving more reasons to be dedicated, especially through hard times, which there have been a lot of.

One of the most used disciplinary actions used by our CC’s would have to be SEABAGs. “Pack everything you own and get outside!” is one of the most dreaded phrases that we hear. Passing bags back and forth for upwards of 60 minutes at a time. Bags in which are larger than the majority of us.

Romeo-198 graduated this weekend, making us 01 weeks closer to being the ones representing the oldest sea going service aboard our chest, and having our names announced with pride. Much of U-198 has the opportunity to participate in the ceremonial teams, and experience the rite of passage in a different light.

Similar to the massive mosquitos that devour us each evening, we have just been trying to survive, and this has been Uniform’s most grave mistake up to this poiunt. Surviving, not thriving. We struggle to be a team, only focusing on ourselves. We have to be the ones to bring our sinking shipmate back to the surface, and not just stand by being grateful we can float. Week 03 will be one of coehesion, commitment and team work. You can count on that!

Very respectfully,

SR Walker, A. and SR Knox, S.

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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