November 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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November 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 19, 2016

Graduates: April 1, 2016





Week 05 combined both mental and physical stress. Both were at their peak for the company as we were held to the highest of standards. No longer can we get away with a messed up rack or popped “Fonzie” collar like in week 02. Required knowledge is also piling up with little time to memorize it. For most of us, we manage to retain it, but some naturally fall behind. Recruits have started to succumb to the pressure so much that when asked a question, they freeze even if they know the answer. At this point, you either proudly belt out answers, or you stutter and become fresh meat for the company commanders to tear up.

Confidence can be the difference between an easy trip to the galley, or a brutal one. We saw a recruit at the galley walk too slow, so a company commander made him walk to his seat in slow motion saying, “I walk like a sloth.” Another recruit was walking too slowly and a company commander said, “I want to see you fly around this galley like Jeff Gordon,” so he ran around the galley with his tray going, “Vroom.” You have to direct yourself with confidence otherwise you’ll end up being speed racer or sloth guy.

On a brighter note, November finally move into Healy Hall. It’s a lot nicer than James Hall but unlike paying out cash for a nice home and calling it a day, we have to earn all the perks of becoming a senior company. During this week we also had a company run with our company commanders. Singing cadence with everyone reminded us that this place can get better. We remind each other not to get lazy at any point in training until after we graduate because there is no space for lazy recruits in Cape May. Unfortunately, recruits still laugh in the open or lean on racks. Egos are constantly getting in the way after just one positive moment.

We also received our orders! The way our company commanders told us our orders are something we will never forget. We marched to the beach, guided only by the stars and our penlights. We stood heels to the waterline and the sound of thrashing waves from Cape May filled the scene. Our lead company commander then told us to turn to the water and said the following, “Look at the ocean. She will be your new home and if you don’t respect her, she will claim your life.” We then read our orders at the top of our lungs to everyone, trying to be louder than the waves crashing beside us. I can’t describe that moment enough to explain the feeling. The bright, starlit sky was just enough to make the silhouettes of our mentors and company commanders visible. A milestone in training that we are all glad to reach.


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.



4 Responses

  1. Suzanne Kenworthy says:

    Always respect the Ocean indeed – and Nov-192 so proud of all of you! SR Knight you got this!!

  2. Helen Haydon says:

    I’m just so excited to hear about the progress you’re making Nov 192. My family and I are so very proud of each one of you. SR Torrence, we can’t wait to see you and probably get to meet your company who have been with you through all the ups and downs. Just a few more weeks and all your hard will pay off. Keep it up Nov 192 !!! SR Torrence, we love and miss you so very much ! See you April 1st

  3. Jack Rose says:

    Just over two weeks to go.. Like Starship said: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” You guys and gals got this.. SR Rose, we will see you soon.. Semper Paratus N-192

  4. Suzanne Wade says:

    N-192 you are getting close now! Don’t lose site of the goal; stay frosty and keep focused. April 1st will be here before you know it. So proud of each and every one of you. We miss and love you SR Baker!