November 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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November 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 30, 2015

Graduates: August 21, 2015





“We should not pray for an easier situation, we should pray for the strength to handle the situation” – Martial arts master Bruce Lee. This quote sums up week 03 for November-191 and how we keep pushing on. Morning after morning we wake up early to start a day of learning, and sweating from time to time. This week was quite different than the weeks prior because we finally got hands on training; as well as the opportunity to learn about Coast Guard history and all that has been accomplished.

Monday we spent the morning in the pool conducting a survival float. This is when the entire company got to suit up in Coast Guard approved cold water survival suits and float around the pool. It was amazing how warm it kept you until you moved. At which point your warm water was replaced with cold pool water again. We learned that this suit greatly improves your chances of survival in cold water. We also started our Seamanship classes this week which we were beginning to think were all myths. We have been learning all about ship and line terminology and how to stand a proper watch. There was even a simulation in which we steered a ship around and were tested on it. It was difficult at first to get the proper responses down but by our real test we will all have it down pat. As a company, we even got to learn the first 05 knots that we will use throughout our Coast Guard careers. And that’s “knot” a joke!

Next came our first big Coast Guard decision and that was picking between the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 Bill. This is for our education benefits received and how the system works so you are paid to go to college. It’s almost as good as our situation now; working out, getting yelled at, learning, and getting paid at the same time. We also learned about Leave and Liberty, safety procedures, and spent more time working on Close Order Drill. From here on out, November-191 will be marching in graduations up until it is finally our time to shine; if we make it that far.

It was without a doubt a tough week but we are still making it that way. Slowly, we are getting smarter and faster but the improvements may be at a snail’s pace. The ones that are really slowing the company down or not making smart decisions are now going to RAMP, the Recruit Aptitude and Motivation Program, which is basically Incentive Training on steroids. Lots and lots of sweat is involved so everyone is trying their best to avoid that at all costs.

Next week is crunch time! We have our midterm that we must pass to continue in training and another physical fitness assessment. It will be tough but as long as we keep coming together as a company there is not much we cannot do, except keep our eyes in the boat which may very well be our demise. From November-191, make it a great day or not, the choice is yours!

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.