November 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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November 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 13, 2016

Graduates: November 4, 2016


Week 02 summary


November-193 has formed! I cannot say that we are the best company. In fact, our Company Commanders say we are pretty much the worst. We talk in passageways and in the galley, when our Company Commanders talk to us, we aren’t loud. And we have not met hardly any of our time objectives. To encourage us to improve as a whole company, we have played a bunch of games this week. The “Eyes in the Boat” game, where we hold our books out in front of us and yell “Eyes in the Boat” (which means eyes looking straight ahead, not looking around), is one we’ve played frequently when our eyes wander. The “muster” game is for when we take too long taking morning or evening muster. Then there are the sweat sessions for whatever else we do that pisses our Company Commanders off. I have never literally watched beads of sweat form up from the pores of my skin. If we don’t clean up our act, we will be very strong by graduation.

This week was full outside of the sweat sessions. We have learned what it means to have military bearing and how to greet our superiors. We learned several different workouts at the gym, like spin classes, TRX circuits, and swim circuits. Most of us passed the swim test. The rest will start learning how to swim starting next week. We picked up our M16 service rifles this week – which are not actually operational for those of you concerned that we will shoot holes in the walls or ceilings, they’re plastic. Petty Officer Abascal, one of our Assistant Company Commanders, had a very devilish grin when we picked up our pieces (M16s). We soon learned why: the “sniper” game. In this game, we point the piece up to where the wall meets the ceiling and then stand, or sit, there like statues. Our arms are literally shaking within just a couple of minutes.

Our classes this past week have been primarily about military customs and different terminology used in the Coast Guard. For example, we refer to the walls as bulkheads, the floor as the deck, and windows as portholes. These classes have been interesting to a certain degree – and definitely useful. We all look forward to learning about seamanship, firefighting, and all the other possible jobs we may have once we graduate to become true Coast Guardsmen.

Every evening we look forward to the couple of minutes that we have to read our mail and eat our chewy bars. Keep those letters coming; they really help keep our morale up!


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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