November 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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November 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 30, 2015

Graduates: August 21, 2015





Week 05 for November-191 started like all previous weeks, with the company double-timing as quickly as possible toward the finish line that is on the horizon, not in sight, but November knows it’s there. Week 05 brought sweat, tears, joy and left decisions to be made for the future. Like the tide, November-191’s week moved high and low. We would start out each day with a pep in our step only for someone to mess up and everything to come crashing down. Even though it seemed like we were down for the count, November-191 would show a glimpse of hope.

This week began a new look for us Seaman Recruits. We got to try on and receive our dress uniforms. Looking sharp and beginning to feel like real Coastguardsmen, November moved through the early portions of the week attending classes, getting stronger and learning about the duties we will soon begin. November-191 is, shall we say, a social Company who has finally completed a mission with no words being said. Unfortunately for all of our readers, we did not allow flash photography; of our boat made by all Recruits out of survival gear, so you will have to trust that it was a piece of art.

Our spirits rose again when N-191 was given their orders. The next steps of our lives in the Coast Guard were decided for us. Many Recruits got what they desired, some were not so lucky. But out of disappointment we can turn into something joyful. Separation from our families is only temporary. We were all reminded of this when we were allowed to call our families the next day. Hearing voices of loved ones invigorated us, and our week finished with a morning go-round on the Confidence Course (obstacle course). Cheering our shipmates on, brought out a level of pride in November Company that has not been matched in training. Following that, we had the opportunity to speak with Captain Ryan, a Mentor to our Company, who was more than able to answer all question Recruits had and share knowledge we can only hope to have one day.

When November Company wakes up, dark and early at the start of Week 06, we will be chasing the sunrise, chasing our dreams and as always, ingrained in our minds we will have, “Tights Fists 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.