November 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

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November 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 30, 2015

Graduates: August 21, 2015

Week 07 Summary


Cape May showed her might to start week 07 for November 191. Gloomy, dark skies opened up and drenched the training center and N-191 splashed through puddles to move from evolution to evolution.

This week of training took practical to a new level. Hands on first-aid training (Viewer Discretion Advised) and burn care training, as well as CPR training prepared N-191 for real world emergencies many of the company will see over time. Line handling skills are imperative to a new Coastie and N-191 lived out rodeo dreams heaving lines and pulling them in as quickly as a cowboy roping a steer. Classroom training introduced the basics and practice in the pouring rain acclimated everyone to likely conditions underway. Earlier wake-ups and later nights did not stop November from adding more “colors candy” or pennants to be hung from our colors. N-191 has excelled academically throughout training, this week adding seamanship and the final exam pennant to our mid-term pennant. November also took the company manual of arms and close order drill test and passed with ease. As the week progressed, N-191 became more in sync than any other time in training. Through pre-dawn gym workouts to rocking the regiment with cadence marching, November has begun to click and perform. Marching in our last graduation ceremony as spectators gave November a boost to continue working hard and being fast. The company received its own applause from the crown on hand for being one week from the end or training, bringing inward smiles from November. Nope, not outward smiles… Not just yet.

Through November 191’s time at Training Center Cape May (with support from all family and friends of course) there have been 05 individuals who have seen, done, said or screamed, taught and experienced it all with the company. The Company Commanders for N-191 have certainly left their mark on the recruits and November has accrued a few lasting impressions along the way. The following is list of our favorite saying from our Company Commander;


“Tight Fists November”

“Barrel Chested Freedom Fighter”

“Do you understand that November”

“You guys are a bunch of crazies”

“I’m a Steamroller Baby”


Some of these sayings were screamed, some were spoken, some flowed with a smooth Smokey rhythm and blues, but all will stick with us. To find out who said what, you will have to find a November member and hear their own personal tale. If you can’t do that, come to Cape May on the Tuesday bus and hear it for yourself.

November 191 will soon be off to the fleet, prepared and anxious to get to work to protect this nation. But for now, N-191 will be moving fast, being loud and chasing the sunrise in preparation to join this great service, we are the United States Coast Guard!


Coast Guard Recruit Company November 191 Graduation Program


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.