Quebec 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Quebec 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 8, 2016

Graduates: April 29, 2016

 

Week 05 summary Q-192

Week 05 has come and gone. Monday was uniform inspection day. Most people would think that it is not too bad, but you are wrong! The Battalion Commander, Senior Chief Pace, completely picked our uniforms apart. It was disheartening that we worked on our uniforms as much as we did only to discover that it still was not to a senior company standard. Senior Chief Pace finds anything and everything; no stone went unturned during that inspection. After being destroyed as a company for our deficiencies we found out that we were not the best and must improve moving forward. Tuesday started normally, we woke up and within 10 minutes we are dressed in our uniform, and ready to step off for morning chow before we even realize we were awake. Two things come from this morning rush. You either meet the time objective or you miss this time objective, and if you miss the time objective it usually results in you pulling line with Petty Officer Passmore until your arms fall off or you go to RAMP! Go ahead and pick your poison, either way it is not enjoyable. After chow we went over to get our dress uniforms. Imagine thirty plus males trying to squeeze in front of a mirror to check themselves out in their new dress uniforms. It was pretty exciting until the uniform issuing staff started to form assembly lines of recruits while they were getting fitted inside the tailor shop. Wednesday was very typical; we went to class, got yelled at, sweat here and there, ate our three square meals, and “slept”. Taking us to Thursday where we had our company blood drive. It was nice to give something back even though some of the company couldn’t donate due to having the Cape May crud or they received specific vaccines that prevent them from donating. As we walked up to Healy Hall most of us thought we were going to get reverted. Healy Hall is full of people who have reverting authority; it is a shark tank of all shark tanks. Only to be greeted by the nice Red Cross staff. The good thing about donating blood is we are told we cannot do physical activity like get destroyed by our company commanders, which we all felt good about. Then Friday came, and it seemed like a mass production of Section Commanders came into our squadbays. They came from everywhere ripping us all apart and screaming. It was like poking a hornets’ nest, and trying to run away without getting attacked… It doesn’t happen! A lot of shipmates were awarded with probation, meaning you get one on one time with a company commander every night for five days. They document everything and if you aren’t cutting it you will most likely go back a week in training. The best part of this week was after we received our orders we all got a five minute phone call home, and it was the first time we got to talk to loved ones from back home. The light is at the end of the tunnel, and we are all just trying to get there together.

 

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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