Uniform 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Uniform

For those who don’t know, the Uniform flag’s literal meaning is “Heading into Danger” after finally completing week 05 of training, Uniform company is definitely not something that you’d want to mess with. Just like Petty Officer Baez’s cadence goes: “We are Uniform Company, don’t look us in the eye, here we run this!” Saturday X-Ray company got a taste of the hazard we have become when we marched towards them, we caught them slipping with their spacing while in formation. Seniority on the regiment isn’t all about marching and singing cadence though, or main challenges this week was earning all of the possible pennants for our colors. The first “W” (Win) came from our trip to the range. We scored an overall 80.3% earning us the black marksman pennant! After that we were on a roll! During our Physical Fitness Final we left no recruit behind passing with a 100% success rate earning the white physical fitness pennant as well. We were very proud of ourselves but didn’t sense the same amount of pride from out Company Commanders yet, but Chief Krusko did finally make a visit to our squadbay without reverting someone, first time for everything, and that meant a lot to us! We then rocked our seamanship test and was awarded the green seamanship pennant.

          Then came the huge hurdle of getting over our nerves surrounding the Close order drill and Manual of Arms test. Just before it was time to commence the test our “Brooklyn Pitbull” Petty Officer Baez pulled us aside saying that he could see that we were nervous. He told us in life sometimes if you aren’t nervous that it isn’t worth it. We took his advice to heart, locked on, and blew our test out of the water. Chief Krusko was very impressed. We also earned the Section Commander pennant on this day. The Company Commanders also awarded us with the Company Commander pennant. We felt a lot of pride when they told us that it was the most important one in their eyes. Just moments before they bestowed the pennant to our guidon we got one of the toughest incentive training sessions since forming weekend. Petty officer Hernandez used our sweat and our screams to raise the Company Colors up the regimental flagstaff to notify the regiment that “We run this” as the senior company and we must set the example. With sweat soaked Recruit covers on our heads we were told to spike them on the ground and they made a very loud sound due to the amount of sweat that has collected on them over time. We then placed our new Coast Guard covers with our enlisted insignia on our covers and marched over our old ones. We could do nothing but admire how far we have come as a team as we realized that we were now the senior company on the Regiment.

          Our company Commanders began their debriefs with us and we got to speak to them normally and connect with them on a more personal level. Many of us thoroughly thanked the pitbulls and their handler for turning us into the people we are today. We also got to let out some much needed laughter. Our company also got a taste of freedom on Saturday as we received our first Liberty. On Liberty we could overhear the conversations of our shipmates as they told stories of intense “beatings” payments of sweat, the stress of answering questions and much more. Liberty was a much needed and well deserved break for us. In the famous words of Petty Officer Stephens, “It’s not over until it’s over.” So we returned from liberty locked on and ready to finish strong.

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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