Uniform 198 Recruit Journal Week 3

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

Formed: June 2, 2020
Graduates: July 25, 2020

“If Sweat drops could be bottled, there’d be pools filled by… the recruits of Uniform 198.”

If any company commander quote could sum up our week, that would be the one to do it. As we train on here at Cape May, we are given new responsibilities new privileges, and with these, new opportunities to sweat. One of these responsibilities was a second building on the regiment to stand night watch over. That place is definitely like Disneyland compared to where we are now. We ended up with watch log discrepancies, and we “paid our debt in sweat” for this mistake.

On a brighter note, Uniform Company reached some really important milestones this week. On Thursday we got an experience many of us will never forget. After a long day of, you guessed it, sweat, our Company Commanders rounded us up and marched us towards unfamiliar territory.

Nearing our destination, we felt the sea breeze close on our faces, and the ground began to transition from gravel to sand. What were we in for? A beach incentive training session? An impromptu swimming test? Upon our arrival, our nerves were calmed. There, sprawling ahead of us, was the ocean, or as Petty officer Hernandez puts it our “future office”. It was here, formed up in a semicircle, that we received or orders (and a thorough roasting from our Company Commanders).

Our orders ranged from Alaska to Florida. We even had one recruit stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle! Even though we weren’t all excited about where we were going, we were excited to go. We were ready to start our adventures with the Coast Guard.

The night gave us the hope we needed to press on. Sometimes here in uniform, it feels like we take one step forward just to be pushed two steps back. This was the case on “IN-DE-PEN-DEN-CE DAY”.

Not the actual Fourth, but the day petty officer Baez promised us independence of our “Anchors”. We lost two of our shipmates within the first few hours of the day. Probation also began, putting a red belt and an eagle’s eye on recruits who are struggling in hopes of helping them stay with Uniform Company. This reminded us to keep our eyes on the prize—or in the boat—and that we had to get through boot camp before we could reach our first units.

A five minute phone call home. Five minutes to contact our loved ones and let them know the next stop on our adventures. The best five minutes of training thus far. Petty Officer Hernandez even set a bet with our assistant Company Commanders on who would ugly cry.

We aren’t sure who won, but there were lots of tears that night. On the road ahead, Uniform has many improvements to make. We still struggle with volume, but each day we make more and more time objectives.

Petty Officer Baez warned us that with more responsibility comes more heat. For those of us who can stand it, we’ll train on.

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. Recruits write Recruit Journals 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, to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.

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Graduation Program: Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ At the Bottom Left side of the page, you will find the Graduation Program link.

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