Uniform 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

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

Imagine a giant, seething bull that just saw red. Now, imagine having to ride it for a week without getting bucked off. This is exactly how we first saw search and rescue week; and to be fair it’s also how it started off.

This week Uniform Company was faced with our biggest hurdles thus far. Fifteen minutes to completely prepare ourselves for the day. Petty Officer Stephens’ “Change in, change out” Game finally began to make sense to us. Not everyone made it through this week’s plan to “take search and rescue week by the horns” and on Wednesday 04 of our shipmates were reverted to Victor Company. This was a direct result of the recruit aptitude motivational program. Just 01 days before they left us we could hear their chants from across the regiment as they sweat for their mistakes: “Ramp, Ramp, Ramp!!” After losing 06 shipmates to R.A.M.P, probation, and sly remarks our company began to struggle as fear sank in for getting reverted and our teamwork started to crumble. Many of us started to distance ourselves from our shipmates and began to look after ourselves in order to not get reverted and stop working as a unit.

The remedy for our issues arrived shortly after as the storm clouds dissipated and the sun shone through. We were given the opportunity to complete the confidence course with our company mentor and we gave it our all. Bruises, sweat, and all we were able to impress both “pit bulls” and their handler Petty Officer Hernandez. We impressed them so much so that they decided to bestow upon us our company colors. Our company formed up outside like normal but little did we know, our company commanders set up our colors like ninjas behind us. Petty Officer Hernandez about faced our formation and yelled “You see something you want….Go get it!!!!” Our entire company ran towards the flag like toddlers running towards an ice cream truck. When we reached the flag we all yelled our heads off screaming and chanting “Uniform, Uniform, Uniform!!!” It was definitely our proudest moment yet and gave our company hope. We marched proud and contemplated our futures.

Shortly after we also, impressed our company mentor with intriguing questions and he told us he looked forward to working with us in the future. Petty Officer Stephens was quick to remind us not to relax too much because even though we earned our colors, we could lose them just as quickly. Before afternoon chow we got to sing in cadence on the way there and before entering the dining hall we were questioned about who we wished to challenge for the pugil sticks matches coming up soon. One recruit even challenged Petty Officer Baez; his experience with fighting should make for an interesting bout.

As the day progressed though, our company got a bit too comfortable and we started making week 01 mistakes. Petty Officer Stephens explained to us that we needed to start acting like the senior company we are.

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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