Quebec 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Quebec 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 23, 2018

Graduates: March 16, 2018

 

Quebec 195 Week 06 Review

 

Having spent a month and a half wound tighter than a piano string, Quebec tackled week six with another symptom of the Cape May Crud: Senioritis. Many of us were immunized against it in earlier weeks, but not everyone got all the shots. Symptoms of this highly contagious malady include fatigue, short attention span, and frequent urination. It’s that last one that gave it away, as the number of “emergency” trips to the head began to skyrocket, especially during manual of arms practice and squad bay cleanups. Evidently our Company Commanders have seen this before, and were able to quarantine our sickest shipmates. Strangely, the only known cure is to sweat it out, but we are happy to report that after a few treatments the symptoms were fading. However, Chief Perez wanted to make sure that the Regiment’s soon-to-be senior company was fully cured, so he made a house call. Being woken up by three Section Commanders is like using a chainsaw to open the mail. Effective, but messy. Before Quebec could recover from the impromptu sweat therapy, the morning provided another surprise: rack inspections. With attention to detail stressed more every day, a loose pair of Hanes can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in week 06. Having passed through its second Section Commander crucible, Quebec resumed the week with a greater appreciation of the fact that it ain’t over till it’s over; a lesson that will no doubt serve us well in the fleet.

This week, with the increased pressure of being a senior company also came the rewards of having put in the miles. Many of us were able to contact our units for the first time, who were eager to help us navigate the transition from recruit to Shipmate. Our many hours in the classroom have prepared us well for the jungle of forms and acronyms we will be trudging through in the coming weeks. A special thanks has to go out to the Yeomen on staff, who have answered all the questions that were too stupid to ask in class.

A few days squaring away emails and filling out paperwork had Quebec itching to sight in on one of the best two days of training: marksmanship.   It took a few hours to get some of our shipmates to stop holding the gun like a dirty diaper, but this is a life-saving service so cut us some slack. As has so often been the case in recruit training, Quebec’s time at the range proved that confidence doesn’t always translate into talent. That is to say, we didn’t quite qualify for the marksmanship pennant. But we looked good trying. The week rounded out on another high note, with the six hour cellphone reunion of on-base liberty. Tempt us as they did with the offer to watch a movie instead, Quebec voted to spend its precious time off glued to its tiny windows back home instead.

 

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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