November 191 Recruit Journal Week 06

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November 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 30, 2015

Graduates: August 21, 2015


Week 06 Summary


Every career has stepping stones, awards, rewards, and advancement in status. The beginning or week 06 brought with it one of the major stepping stones for November-191. We earned our colors! (Our company flag for everyone reading this.)

For anyone who has not had this experience, it may sound strange when it is described how important that blue and white checker board, not much bigger than a placemat, colors are to our company, but if you heard the roar when we saw that guidon in the middle of the parade field; silent, dark night with only our colors illuminated, you would understand. Now November marches with pride showing off our colors and now echoing cadence songs off buildings with pop.

With our colors in tow, N-191’s week was a busy one. We received our military identification cards; these cards mark a transition point in our coast guard life, from recruit to operational hand. Along the way, November-191 was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of most all its members; don firefighting gear head to toe, rush into a dark smoky room, grab the fire hose and go to town. Not to mention sounding like Darth Vader breathing through our oxygen masks.

Another milestone, this one for the Coast Guard, saw N-191 marching in a sunset parade for the public here at the Training Center to celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard who turned 225 years old. The history of November-191 will soon become a chapter in the services history and will end just as the sunset seems to end a day.

With the stakes of real world operations looming, N-191 learned throughout the week that while improving, we still have more to learn and must continue to grow and improve at a faster rate to keep up.

A welcome break come on Saturday (as many of you already know from the phone calls that you had received) in the form of on base liberty. This was a chance to use the all important cell phones and for most of the company, emptying the candy isle at the Base Exchange. Hours to chat and relax helped N-191 find motivation to push on and left most cell phone batteries out of juice.

November company is now locked back on in recruit training as the light at the end of the tunnel gets a little brighter every day, the days get longer, the nights get shorter and the coffee machine in the galley gets extra work. But rest assured, November-191 will be formed up, marching, chasing the sun rise, our cadences making sure the training center knows we are here, earning these uniforms.


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.