Quebec 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Quebec 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 28, 2015

Graduates: September 18, 2015


Week 05 Summary

We are stronger and more motivated than ever! I know we sound like a broken record by this point but as long as we just press on we’ll be graduating with Quebec-191. So many of us want that handshake from our company commanders, we should have it in no time the way the weeks are going. Search and Rescue week is coming to an end and it was honestly not even that bad. We have learned in this line of business, it’s better to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. This week in general has done a lot more for us than we even thought it would. We’re at that point now where we all finally realize the method to the madness. Everything is clicking together (for the most part). It has also been confirmed we donated enough blood to earn the blood drive pennant. That’s two pennants down on the road to hopefully getting more than the last few senior companies. At least three times this week we went for company runs. Running with the company and sounding off at the same time is a great feeling. It’s also been motivating a lot more people to keep pushing during the runs. Saturday was our first run through the confidence course; we also had our mentor Chief Duff visit for the weekend and he ran through with us. The confidence course is an obstacle course and it does exactly what it says: instills confidence. The combination of hearing your shipmates cheer you on as you muscle through and pass each obstacle successfully as well as the smiles on the faces of our company commanders. It was a great escape without even having to leave Cape May. Heck, we were actually having fun with our company commanders. That’s just a weird concept to even grasp at this point. After that it was time to lock down and get back to business. After that we spent most of the day familiarizing ourselves with our tropical dress uniforms (Those snazzy short sleeved ones you’ll see us wear on graduation day). Out of the entire week, Saturday was probably the best day. It ceased to feel like boot camp and more so felt like family, which is exactly what we’re becoming. Bonds are forming and not just between recruits. We can sense bonds between our company commanders forming as well and it’s no longer “let’s make this timed objective so they don’t yell at us and punish us.” It’s more so a feeling of “let’s do what we’re told and get it done in the time we are given so we don’t let them down.” We start to realize that they have been here with us every step of the way and they want us to succeed. So here’s to hopefully three more weeks of doing whatever it takes to make our company commanders proud and earn the right to shout at the top of our lungs on graduation day:



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.