November 191 Recruit Journal Week 02

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November 191 Recruit Journal

Formed:       June 30, 2015

Graduates:   August 21, 2015

November-191 Week 02 Historian Summary


Week 02 was just like the Helmsman said it would be; high stress. We have had some very challenging times and I am sure quitting has crossed all of our minds a time or two. Throughout the week we have lost numerous people to sickness or injury, or they just couldn’t take the stress anymore. We wake up early every morning to tired aching bodies that can barely get out of our racks. We wish we had more time to sleep and dream of home but we are here to be transformed into duty ready Coast Guard men and women… Coasties who can handle the stress and make the right decisions. This transformation will not be a walk down the yellow brick road by any means. It will be a big challenge mentally and physically.

We had our swim test this week and immediately we could tell that this week was going to be tough on our bodies. We have had more physical training this week than many of us thought our bodies could take, but we keep pushing on day by day, meal by meal. This week we also received our pieces from the armory and learned some basic maneuvers. That part of basic training will be a hard one to perfect, but we will be proficient soon enough. We also learned about everything from terrorism alerts to who to call when we finally get our orders.

We got to meet Admiral Zukunft’s right-hand man Commander Novak who enlightened us with words of wisdom. As well, Admiral Zukunft made a video telling us how we needed to push through and fight with all we have so we can make it to graduation where he will be the guest speaker. Can you believe it? The Commandant of the Coast Guard is our Company sponsor. It is such an honor and I think it is driving many shipmates to keep pushing on.

Through all the sweat and muscle fatigue we get little hints here and there from the instructors and our Company Commanders that they are here for us as mentors, but we have got to steer our ship in a straight line to get through this. We will continue learning more and more with each passing day and the Company will become closer and closer.

This week was all in all tough, and all of the weeks ahead will be just as long if we don’t keep our eyes in the boat and maintain our military bearing. Now, as our dreams of home change to someone yelling fire, fire, fire and repeating our required knowledge, we know we may be going a bit crazy but the transformation is well underway and we are all pushing through and excited for what this next week has to offer.

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.