November 189 Recruit Journal Week: 02

November 189 Recruit Journal Week: 02
Formed: March 4, 2014
Graduates: April 25, 2014

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It’s Tuesday March 04 and we have started our journey in Cape May. On the bus ride we could all feel how nervous we were as we stared at new faces that we knew would be our shipmates. We learned that we have come from different parts of the country like Texas, Colorado, New York, Puerto Rico, Alabama, and Florida to name a few.

The minute we stepped off the bus it was loud! On Friday March 07 we officially formed as November-189! After our physical test we meet our company commanders! They are OS1 Lewis, BM2 Grube and YN2 Castle. We will never forget the fear that entered our minds when we saw them standing over us like giants.

Our first night in our barracks they told us that “both sweat and tears are salty but render different results. Tears will gain you sympathy but sweat produces change” They made it clear that they will not show us sympathy but rather will do their best to transform us into outstanding members of the Coast Guard. The next few days seem to be a blur!!

Today 13Mar14 was another challenging day. We start our day at 0530 every morning and today we were once again greeted by the harsh winter weather here in beautiful Cape May. The cold was bitter enough to make us forget we had faces and the wind strong enough to carry people away.
We were issued our M-16s, completed our swim assessment, and received our first bits of mail. That was great so please keep writing!

We are being quizzed in the galley, so every minute we have free we are studying. It’s been hard, but we are striving together towards excellence. Today 14Mar14 was another eventful day.

We were given time objectives all morning. Some of our time objectives were 4 minutes. This may not sound like a lot, but we know when it comes to saving lives every second counts. We were back in the pool today for an hour. The pool workouts were not easy and afterwards we had to do a bike workout with YN2 Castle! None of us realized we could sweat as much as we did from a sitting position.

The swimming and bike workout was tough on our bodies, but we got thru it. We also had a class on watch standing. We will soon be standing watch. We also went to choir tonight and it was very uplifting and a mental break from all the yelling.

Today 15Mar14 was a break from the cold! We had a gym workout today and our lead pushes us to do our best. He is a highly motivated company commander. As a company we are getting stronger after every workout. Today we start standing watches every night. Watch duty is essential to develop and it is why our Coast Guard is always there to protect our nation.
We were taught how to address personnel and how we should respond correctly. Our marching as a company is coming along. Today March 16 is our last day of week 02 and things are starting to look better. We still lack in time objectives but if we can pull together and find self discipline then training will become a place to learn and excel rather than just sweat.

We are only as strong as our weakest link. We need to wipe off our faces of dirt and pull ourselves together. It’s time to demonstrate our motivation and dedication and change for the better!

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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