November 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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November 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 30, 2015

Graduates: August 21, 2015

Week 04 Summary

This week was a huge week and turning point in November-191’s training. We had the usual ups and downs but we are starting to turn into quite the barrel-chested freedom fighters we are striving to be. The first big thing was that we got the opportunity to fill out our dream sheets. There were so many options and places to go it was hard to pick. We put down 04 options of where we would like to go and if we wanted to be afloat or ashore. Many times leading up to this point we have been told that going on a cutter is the best way to go. Travel the world and see things very few people get the opportunity to see. Yet, many recruits are having issues still leaving the nest so coming next week we will see where everyone ends up.

Another big thing is you are now reading the firsthand accounts of the top dogs of the Regiment! We qualified 32 marksmen at the range with our pistols. We had to beat Mike Company who had 17 qualify so needless to say we smoked them! We are also the third company in 05 years to actually fire real guns instead of a simulator so we were all very humbles to have done so well. With a little more pep in our step after that we blew through our mid-term exam. I don’t think many of us realized how much we had learned and retained until it was test time. Luckily, it was open book and no sweat but as an avid reader you already know we are the best at sweating already. Don’t go thinking all these fun things weren’t surrounded by some piece Incentive Training or early morning work outs because they certainly were. I’ve said it before probably but I’ll say it again, November-191 isn’t the smartest, but we will definitely be the strongest.

As a company we are coming together, hitting time objectives and actually learning more than usual. We still have our occasional foul ups that lead to sweat but it’s becoming less and less. Besides the same mysterious fire in the mornings that we still can’t seem to put out but I believe we have a class on that soon. We are still worried that as we keep progressing it will become more and more challenging. The chance to get reverted to Oscar Company is now a very real reality with some shipmates already being sent back. But we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and will fight tooth and nail to get there. This is the “over the hill” week and we must finish coming together and come out on top. It will be no walk in the park but who likes to take the easy road? No one that wants to make something of themselves and be a part of something big that’s for sure.

I will leave you with a quote and a joke of the week. “Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours.” And now we laugh at stupid jokes because of how tired we are so here it is…. What do you call a cow that just gave birth? De-calf-inated! HA! Off to week 05 we go to hopefully prevail victorious with all members intact. Wish us luck!



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.