November 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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November 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 9, 2016

Graduates: April 1, 2016


Week 03 was a handful for November-192. The stress started to get the best of us and it showed. For some of us, it was the yelling that made us freeze up and not answer our required knowledge correctly, or being late because we just aren’t completely squared away. A lot of us struggle in the galley where we’re tested on our required knowledge and some of us get it, others either aren’t prepared or just cannot answer under the pressure. It took a toll on the people who weren’t used to waking up early, moving quickly, and being as loud as they can. Some still refuse to be loud or can’t yell and those things don’t suffice for Training Center Cape May. To get by here, you need to know all your required knowledge, move fast, and to be loud and proud. A few still don’t answer when being addressed but as a company we have gotten louder. We’re also getting more time in the classroom to learn about the history of the Coast Guard, as well as seamanship. A lot of us took a lot of interest in the history; most of us didn’t realize most of the things here were named after Coast Guard heroes. Another was seamanship where we learned nautical terms, helmsman knowledge and knot typing. It showed as a lot of teamwork as we helped each other progress but aside from the progression as a company there was a lot of sweating. After receiving our pieces, we’ve done squats, pushups, and more with them. Sometimes we wouldn’t be loud enough so our company commanders would use the whistle to tell you when to go up or down for each set. You feel the burn after holding a squat position and your piece out in front of you. It feels like our arms will fall off and that it weighs 20 pounds. Those are the same recruits that were being yelled at to get louder or lower. Some recruit just could not handle it. Knowing that with every week comes more responsibilities and more knowledge to know, it starts to pile up on you mentally and physically. We’ll slowly start to be held to a higher standard of discipline and the training only becomes more painful with every week. With Week 04 starting the stress of recruit training is only going to get worse. It’ll show who can handle it and who isn’t squared away. Only the strong will remain in November-192


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.