Quebec 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Quebec 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 8, 2016

Graduates: April 29, 2016


Week 06 summary Q-192

Week 06 was like no other week in training so far. On Thursday we battled each other with pugil sticks, we all went through the confidence course, and best of all we earned our colors! Pugil stick bouts were fun. There was a lot of frustration that needed to be released, and it was also different to see our company commanders in a morale type environment where they weren’t looking for deficiencies to light us up on. Though the fun and excitement of cheering on our shipmates, and our company commanders not yelling (in a negative manner) was a little confusing to see that side of our company commanders it felt like getting chewed out was imminent only to be followed by us conquering the confidence course. Evening routine on Thursday was interesting… We all felt the climate changing after our mail orderlies informed our company commanders that, “Pony Express is ready to ride!” only to be shut down. We all stood online as we waited for our recruits from ceremonial to return. Every single shipmate that stepped on the quarterdeck during that period got completely annihilated by all of our company commanders. Saying they stepped into the lion’s den would be an understatement! The sudden yelling was nerve wrecking, and was followed by our Lead Company Commander storming into the squadbay screaming; get outside with your lights. Petty Officer Gunther marched us off of the regiment at an oddly fast pace. We marched through grass, sand, pavement, and puddles; if you can think of it we marched through it. If there were ever a legend of a recruit burial ground, the way to get there would be described by the way we went to the beach. The trip that Petty Officer Gunther took us on ended at the beach. They we were standing on the beach in the middle of the night looking out at the sea with waves crashing ten yards from our boondockers. The suspense was building only to be followed by a lot of pushing and yelling. After getting worked over on the beach Petty Officer Gunther and our assistant company commanders, all the sweat was followed by one question, “Do you think you deserve your colors?” Followed by a loud and proud, “Yes, Petty Officer Gunther!” He then proceeded to point behind the company and told us to go and get them. That was the moment we all turned and got a glimpse of our company flag blowing in the wind with two spot lights illuminating it in the dark night. We finally earned our colors as a team, and we are all focused on not making small mistakes to embarrass our company commanders. If we do , Petty Officer Passmore has made it clear that he has no problem giving us a “tune up” on our discipline. It was a great week to come to an end with some on base liberty. It was our first time where we all got to really be ourselves. We had six hours to relax make phone calls to loved one, and eat snacks and goodies from the exchange. It was nice to be in an environment with recreational type things. We got to play pool, shuffleboard, or just sit and enjoy the sun a little. One more week down and two more to go until graduation.

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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