Quebec 189 Recruit Journal: Weeks 06 – 07

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Formed: April 1, 2014
Graduates: May 23, 2014


The morning was stimulating as the company had a two mile off base run. Recruits shouted cadences and enjoyed the cheers of the local population of Cape May.
Later we were educated as to what our duty stations may be like. Recruits were divided at the Cape May docks and were allowed to go aboard vessels that correspond to what we would be stationed upon. The tours we received were enlightening, but the best part of the day was the on base liberty. Everyone had the opportunity to go to the exchange and eat at the Harbor View.


Another week has screamed by, and training doesn’t seem to have lost any momentum. Quebec spent their time refining manual of arms and close order drill. While the performance was shaky it was undeniable that we had an incredible improvement, even getting maneuvers executed correctly many times.


Quebec reaches milestones often but having the company wake itself up was a new one. Better is now expected of us, and while we can almost feel the end the tension mounts as the bar has risen yet again. All that is left to do is weather the storm, but we must be vigilant to make it to the end.


Physical activity has amped up during our final countdown to grad day. Every Morning contains an hour long physical activity. Desserts have been approved by the lead company commander, to everyone’s delight. Unfortunately many recruits found out that dessert made a poor excuse for a proper repast. Even with stomachs more vacant that usual the company managed to pull through practical line handling and a dress uniform inspection. Due to meticulous maintenance and care as well as guidance by our cc’s Quebec passed and with accolades from our proctor.


Our hand must have forgotten its skill because Quebec is prone to losing its grip. Again we have become too comfortable, complacent even.
It is actually embarrassing at times how we manage to forget ourselves and our place. Our company Commander had enough of our games and put us back to being treated like jr recruits. Fire drill that we had thought ourselves to have grown out of. Our pitiful performance with manual of arms only drove home the idea that we are not prepped like we should be. After less than encouraging words from our cc’s we realized we needed to do better and for a while we did.


Of all the days this was the worst in relation to the weather. Rain fell horizontally for hours canceling our cod/MOA test. Fortunate for us as we need much practice the rain continued well through papa’s graduation. Watching them graduate had a far different feeling that that of previous companies. It was not watching recruits set free going on to do great things it felt more mechanical with the passage of papa, Quebec is now the most senior company on the regiment. It’s strange, being so close to the end you start to think about the beginning and how far we’ve come. I would say it’s lonely at the top but could hardly validate the statement as we made it to where we are as a company.
The contrast is sharpened between us and other companies by our manner and privileges such as our off base liberty tomorrow. And the opportunity to speak openly to our cc’s during designated debriefs/ When Jr. companies get chewed up we can’t help but chuckle at how they are torn apart because we ourselves were there not too long ago.


The civilian and military worlds collided today when Quebec took our off base liberty. Some of the public was adoring but most didn’t know or were mistaken to as to who we were. We were referred to as marines and air force but misunderstandings aside the recognition was fantastic. Recruits had fun in various ways; whether it was movies, walking on the board walk, eating or playing games, we all had fun.

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.