November 190 Recruit Journal – Week 05

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November 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 07, 2014

Graduates: November 26, 2014

We got our orders today! My shipmates and I did not expect to get them today, let alone right after morning chow! All of us gathered on the quarterdeck, sat cross-legged, and anxiously waited for our name to be called…we were so excited to even know where our shipmates were being called to—it’s crazy how all over the United States we are scattered. Some people you see pure joy, some pure constipated look because it was not where they’d hoped to be going. For the most part though everyone received their first or second district; with that being said, these districts are huge! And really, you can’t be upset that the Coast Guard is sending you where they need you, just part of the job. We need to be able to adapt to any situation, act without hesitation, and show no fear! Even if you’re being sent to Guam—02 of our shipmates got lucky with those orders.

Now it’s time to plan out how the heck we’re getting there, and all of our stuff! Where will we live? We have to manage everything ourselves! Makes us realize all the time objectives, routines, and OCD were for a purpose. I know I’m going a bit mad trying to plan out everything in such a short time. We finally got a glorious 05 minute phone call home to share the news! Everyone who was calling could barely get a word across with the other line so excited, asking a million questions, emotional; it was pretty intense. Sadly some couldn’t get hold of their loved ones, which I’m sure put a little damper on their night, but stuff happens. Well now that we know where we are going we need to stay very focused, eye on the prize, and pay attention to detail like crazy or the only place we will be going is back to James Hall with OSCAR company or even PAPA. Now that we are all hyped on where we are going it made us walk a little taller because we feel that we have purpose.

Also today we got to play on the Confidence Course! It was cool to see our Company Commanders do the obstacles before us, they definitely made it look a lot easier than it was. Even Chief Hollenbeck busted out some pull-ups! Hopping hurdles, balancing on logs, ropes and line, jumping over a wall, pull-ups and pulling yourself over—it was fun. We even got to be cheerleaders! Yelling and chanting for our shipmates made us come together even more. We still can’t seem to march well though, it’s almost like half the formation are on their own cadence. But back to the Confidence Course! Everyone did so well, gave all they had, and it shows how much courage, fight, and determination we have; we need to keep that up!

Since moving into Healy Hall we are all more paranoid and nervous we’re going to do something or forget something and get reverted. Well yeah, if you keep making the same ridiculous mistakes. I know myself along with my other shipmates over think every challenge we are given, which in turns makes us oversee the small details. But you figure the smallest detail could be the determining factor in saving a life. Every second counts, every detail counts! This week by far has been extremely stressful: lost going on, and still lots to be done! Got to push through these last 02 weeks NOVEMBER!!!


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.