November 190 Recruit Journal Week 02

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November 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 07, 2014

Graduates: November 26, 2014





Today marks the twelfth day we’ve been away from civilization. The change from civilian life to military life is not a cake walk. As we, NOVEMBER-190, continue to the finish line we pause and look back. We have really done a lot. Not just paperwork, push-ups, and moving faster and further, but we have also learned a lot. We’ve learned that we are really out of shape, sleep is something you can truly miss, and the little things take a lot of time. A sea shower is a shower and a piece weighs about 50 pounds when you hold it in the air for more than ten minutes. These last two weeks have been hard, no two questions about it. But the more time that goes by, the more we improve, even if it’s by miniscule increments. Mood swings are the only way to say how we feel. After 02 moves, a few swims, and a lot of new members we now number over 60. We are the smallest company on the regiment, but that looks to be changing as we gain more and more people.

For all the difficulties and bad moods, there have been light-hearted moments. It’s impossible not to have a few ridiculous things happen in an environment like this. On our first night with our Company Commanders quite a few such moments were to be had. Little things like this provide a pressure release from all the stress. As the weeks pass, hopefully those moments will increase as we adapt to the stress.

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.