Quebec 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Quebec 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 8, 2016

Graduates: April 29, 2016

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company Quebec 192 Graduation Program

 

Week Ø7 Blog Entry

As we close Week 07, Quebec Company is now the most senior company on the regiment. It is our responsibility to be the best trained, well put recruits on the regiment as well. Being the most senior company makes recruits walk with lots of confidence and be the example for junior companies. On the other hand, being the most senior company gives all company commanders zero tolerance for ignorance. Recruits must know what they are doing in this week of training and perform as appropriate. This past week recruits were tested on both their personal qualification standards with the final exam and manual of arms/close order drill test. Both tests were conducted within hours of one another causing the company to have a pretty stressful day. The final exam included every subject since the beginning of recruit training. It was challenging to recall a lot of the information, but after finally finishing and seeing the high scores Quebec had achieved it was clear that our brains could function under stressful situations. This also helped us realize that we can gain confidence in our leaders. During our COD/MOA test, the Section Commander in charge of scoring us was BMC Duncan. The weeks leading to this test would determine how hard we worked and would also determine if we would qualify for another pennant. Making adjustments day in and day out on stacking arms and inspection would prove that we had come together as a company. Quebec Company does have that great of rhythm but surprisingly for our test we managed to find that perfect tempo and escape with only 02 discrepancies. Other than the 02 issues we had, we made it through the test and earned the pennant. Good thing going into the last part of training is getting time to speak with our company commanders. They do what’s called a de-brief, which basically the company sits down with a CC and we get to ask question and they tell us about their careers. The first CC we spoke with was MK2 Howell. He told us about his career and where he has been and about how it was being a company commander. A big that thing stood out to the company was about how the Coast Guard helped him grow up, learn financial responsibilities, and that he really didn’t hate recruits he just wanted them to become better people. Next was our Lead, AMT1 Gunther, which we were all excited to hear from. Most of the conversation was spent asking about his rating since more than half of the company want to go aviation. He also included that Quebec-192 was one of his best companies which made us want to be even more impressive so that we didn’t let him down. The next de-brief was with Petty Officer Passmore, and we could not wait to ask him why he ate a rack card one time. We all kind of knew he was the loose cannon out of our CC’s but his answer of being “nuts” was pretty spot on to what we were thinking. He also mentioned that he stressed more about rack cards because recruits stress over small things in training that seem to take the most time and if anything something so small would be easy to nitpick at. We still have YN1 Tomsic to talk to and we all cannot wait, it will be good to get to know all of our company commanders finally. All in all it’s good to be able to look at our company commanders and understand that they aren’t here to just yell at us, but to train the future Coast Guardsmen that we will one day become.

 

 

 

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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