Quebec 190 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Quebec 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 18, 2014

Graduates: January 9, 2015

 

“Easy come and easy go… easy left me long ago.”

-Eddie Veder

 

Week 02, in which Quebec-190 did not keep our eyes in the boat nor did we slash our zeros.

 

Eyes in the boat. Eyes in the boat. Eyes in the boat. Slash my zeros. Slash my zeros. Slash my zeros… These are the things we say in our sleep as we steadily shed our civilian shells and replace them with something not entirely human. Something robotic.

 

From the prologue of Week 02, which was indoctrination week – to the epilogue; now, we have sweat much, wept much, and even bled, too. The sweating especially though. It was the hardest time of our lives. We watched fellow shipmates go home. We marched in rough conditions. We hardly slept. We failed over and over again. But, we are still in one piece. One that is solid, yellow, and square shaped. Made up of oddly matched Echo-1s that seem to consist of mostly immature grown-ups. Together, Quebec-190 has failed more than we ever thought possible, but again we are still standing.

 

Our company commanders have taught us that there is always room for improvement. That the real reason we are here is to be uber prepared for the fleet. We learned the importance of being courteous, how to greet and acknowledge our superiors, as well as honoring colors. We learned about responding to threats, standing watch, rates and ranks, the importance of personal values and how they can supplement the Coast Guard’s – Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty. We have been assigned company jobs such as Yeoman, Damage Controlman, Religious Petty Officers, and Squad Leaders. Those with jobs have added responsibility, but they will also be greatly attached to them. We learned how to iron our uniforms, how to make our racks, how to sound off (even when we are sick). We learned how to move quickly and how to be on time – the latter of the two was especially challenging for us. We discovered how to work together. Quebec-190 is now a mostly functional family; our relationship still growing. We have our differences, but we have decided to put aside those pieces of us that made us individuals so we may rebuild ourselves into something greater. Something more Semper Paratus-ish… because it is then and only then that we will be the company our company commanders want us to be.

 

Every day we were chewed out a whole lot. We consumed 02 chewy bars and overdosed on incentive training – the kind that involves clothing, ink sticks, tape, canteens (and pretty much anything we carry). We did this every day, save Thursday, which was Thanksgiving. The wonderful families and organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) sacrificed their time to give us the best holiday anyone could ever have away from home. It is people like them that make us want to serve our country.

 

In the end, our main struggle was little mistakes. They always make the company commanders freak out, especially in the classroom where sleep deprivation causes Quebec-190 to be less focused. The company commanders get the drop on us. We couldn’t keep our eyes in the boat and we kept forgetting to slash our dadgum zeros. For this, we suffered. Our company commanders stressed how important time is to us and that we need to utilize it as best we can, instead of sweating over stupid mistakes. If we fix our mistakes before the end of Week 03 then we will sleep better. No more eyes in the boat or slashing zeros – but simply snoring Zs… until the whistle blows.

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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