November 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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November 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 9, 2016

Graduates: April 1, 2016





Week 02 for November-192 was a painful sweat-fest. Sure, week 01 we were expected to mess up and learn the ropes of recruit training, but we still can’t get the basics. We fail to address and talk to our Company Commanders properly, which results in painful remedials of holding full canteens out in front of us while screaming. We can’t march properly so we run like a crazy mob screaming and yelling across the regiment. We also got to the point of having a select few recruits meet our Section Commander, Chief Arseneaux and still not learn. Then we have the recruits who can’t keep their eyes in the boat or sound off. It’s always the same names and we have shipmates that will tell them to keep their eyes down but they just continue to skylark. Our Company Commanders are trained hawks waiting to jump on it. It has come to the point where we will be getting punished for looking around, and people still continue to look around and get caught during the punishment.

Another struggle we have is meeting time objectives. We will either call “mission complete” too soon, or just be late and face incentive training or remedials as a result. Our squad leaders have started to buckle down and push us more which has led to meeting more time objectives as a team than we have before. We still don’t make them all so we constantly hear that ringing tone from our Lead Company Commander saying, “move fast, be loud”.

At this time you can start to see who wants to be here and those who are doing the bare minimum just to sneak by. It shows when we sound off and when our Company Commanders put us through painful remedials. We have those who push and yell, and those who barely break a sweat. Our Company Commanders have no tolerance for sandbaggers and they remind the entire company through sweat and pain.

Taking the easy way out or lack of integrity will not get you through the eight weeks. We need to listen and pay attention to detail because it’s the lazy mistakes that get people killed out in the fleet. Petty Officer Gera had the best point when he said, “all the people around us now are the people we will work with in the future. If they have no devotion, integrity or respect here, then they will be awful people to work with out there.”

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.