Quebec 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Quebec 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 28, 2015

Graduates: September 18, 2015

 

Week 04 – Summary

 

So it’s that time of the week again! The end of the week highlights! Crazy, huh? It feels almost as if it were just yesterday we were stepping off the bus at Sexton Hall and now we’re the third most senior company behind Oscar and Papa Company. That’s a pretty big deal for a lot of us. Many of us weren’t even sure we’d make it to the point where we’d be going to the firing range, or filling out our dream sheets, or even making it to midterms. The firing range was an absolute blessing. To have the opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of Cape May and unwind (and that term is used loosely, considering we are still handling loaded firearms but unwinding nonetheless) is probably the greatest feeling in these early weeks. You feel as though your only opportunities to relax are Divine Hours and Taps (bedtime) and it drains you. But the hour bus ride gave us a great opportunity to view a lot of what’s outside of these gates. Cape May is truly a beautiful area. Taking in the views of the vintage looking beach town and vast waterscapes that you could swear you’d want framed on your wall. As we get to the firing range we’re a little extra nervous because we had received word that the Commandant of the Coast Guard himself, Admiral Zukunft, would not only recite a speech at November Company’s graduation but he was to arrive a day early and view some of the recruits in firearms training. So there was a lot of pressure riding on this for us. Unfortunately, he did not show up due to inclement weather. So yeah, it sucks we couldn’t meet the Commandant and attempt to qualify for a Marksman, Sharp Shooter, or Expert ribbon in front of him but at the same time that relieved some pressure. The Midterms went surprisingly well. Our company received a ribbon for scoring at least a 95% average on the midterm which apparently not many companies have gotten. So that was a huge morale boost for Quebec Company. Not to mention the 2.5 mile run we took the other day. It’s amazing how much of the area we miss out on. During our run we were able to get a great view of one of the beaches here on Cape May and the weather was too perfect, we wished we could have just stayed at that spot. Lastly, we’ll close with the dream sheets. Everyone’s eyes grew 10 times larger that day; finally being able to envision our future in the Coast Guard. We can’t wait to get our orders. But of course we can’t think too far ahead. Right now it’s all about ‘What can I do to make it through to tomorrow.’ We know that if we keep our heads on straight we can make it. Hey, we’ve made it this far right? Let’s keep going strong!

One clap for that!

Quebec – 191

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.

 

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