Quebec 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Quebec 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 28, 2015

Graduates: September 18, 2015




Minutes begin to feel like hours, hours feel like days, and days feel like weeks. But somehow the weeks have flown by in a blur. We hit some high points this week as well as some lows. Probations have started, RAMP tickets handed out like candy, plenty of Incentive Training, and we only know what comes next…reversions. So many people are fearing reversion right about now but we need to get that out of our heads. We’ve heard time and time again that “if you fear reversion, you’ll most likely get reverted” but what’s not to fear? That’s an extra 7, 14, 21 days that we have to spend here in Cape May. However, stated in previous entries, it helps to focus on the positives. Looking back on this week, we started off pretty strong. In the beginning of the week our squad leaders had to pay the price for a Quebec screw up. As they shout “BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS!”, heaving a thick hawser line from shoulder to shoulder, the sweat and tears started to pour as the rest of Quebec stood against the bulkhead. Witnessing their struggle, shipmate after shipmate started to file in and give their squad leaders a helping hand. This is just one incident this week that has shown that when we work together we can accomplish great things. Other than that there was “Tropical Storm Quebec” that hit our squad bays the other night. Simply put, we forgot to take out our trash the morning before a full day of seamanship classes only to come back to squad bays that looked like the ground floor of Woodstock after everyone left. Heck, there was a giant ball of everyone’s Go-Fasters (running shoes) tied together in the middle of our quarterdeck. After just thirty minutes of us working as hard and as fast as we could we made tremendous progress. It’s these little things that we need to focus on and hopefully someday soon harness that mindset and put into use everywhere we go.


Business every step. Here’s going into week 04!




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.