November 190 Recruit Journal Week 03

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November 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 07, 2014

Graduates: November 26, 2014




After a rollercoaster of a week, we are all equal parts exhausted and motivated. The week started with more practical training. We all got to try on a Mustang (survival) suit for first time and waddled around like Michelin Tire Men.


The Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program or better known as “RAMP” started this week. Many of us learned that RAMP is nothing you want to go to.


The stress of missing loved ones has taken its toll. Friends and family are not the only things missed. Our names, sleep, phones, watches, and time are also missed. It feels like for every step forward we take two steps back.


The Weather here in Cape May changes as often as our moods. Wind, rain, and the chill is a big adjustment for some of us. We cannot wait until we can keep our sleeves rolled down.


Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Cantrell, and his staff came to visit TRACEN CAPE MAY. His staff was very nice and open to questions. He ate lunch with our company commanders while we ate in absolute silence, on our best behavior.


Our Seamanship classes started this week to everybody’s delight. So far we’ve learned how to be Helmsman, tie knots, and how to stand watch on a ship. Our military bearings goes out the window in this class, which came back to bite us in the behind.


Though we’ve grown in members, we’ve lost 03 and are under threat of losing more. But, one must continue to work hard and continue building teamwork, so we can all see our families in the end.


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.