November 195 Recruit Journal Week 07

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November 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 12, 2017

Graduates: February 2, 2018

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Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:
http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program

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To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp

*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.

If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889

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Subject: Week 07 Summary N195

 

To be honest, the first 05 days of the week are always the worst! This week, November-195 hung it all on the line! We had our Seamanship final, Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms test, Final Exam and we signed our orders! We had a squad bay inspection too. We thought it couldn’t snow indoors…until we saw what happens when you leave out a value size bottle of baby powder where the Section Commander can see during an inspection. As a “thank you” for our poor squad bay inspection, we marched around the regiment cleaning just about everything. Our lapse was probably because we could see the light at the end of the tunnel and started to become too comfortable.

 

What could be the reason as to why we were so relaxed? It all started last Sunday. The weather was real nice and we went for a company run off base with MIKE-195 and DEPOT recruits. Afterwards, we were led to a Fisherman’s Memorial by MK1 Coleman. He explained to us that the memorial was in memory of all the fisherman, sailors and many others that went missing, capsized or somehow didn’t come home to their wives and children. MK1 told us “this is why we do what we do, why we are being pushed so hard and why not being fast or loud isn’t an option.” The entire company became empowered with emotion and pride. All of a sudden like a slap to the back of the head N-195 understood the importance of the US Coast Guard. After a moment of silence, MK1 Coleman says “you want your colors November?” We screamed louder than we ever have before and he told us to turn around. There it was, our company colors, a checkered blue and white flag sticking in the sand at a slight slant. Faster than we ever have been we sprinted down to the sandy water’s edge on the bay. Somehow, most of us were able to touch a piece of the flag as we all circled around the flag and started chanting “November! November!” Definitely an unforgettable memory.

 

This week started out stressful but we persevered through it and now have our colors, and pennants we earned from high overall scores on our seamanship final, marksmanship, blood drive participation and our COD/MOA test! Finally, at the end of the week we got to go on off-base liberty and relax!

 

As the big day approaches we would like to give a huge shout out to all of the family, friends and loved ones who helped carry us through this program. All of N-195 thanks you, as we are not just Shipmates, but one big family.

 

 

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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