November 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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November 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 13, 2016

Graduates: November 4, 2016


Week 03 Summary                                                                             November-193


The soggy, dreary weather set the mood for this week here at Cape May. Our Company Commanders are frustrated that we still can’t meet their time objectives; we are feeling disheartened at the lack of improvement. On Tuesday, Father Brown did a good job of reminding us why we are here, as well as bringing up the mood with sports updates and bad jokes. Chief Robertson gave us “meditation time” (staring at the bulkhead) on the Friday to decide how we will come together as a team. The wall patterns didn’t give too much inspiration, but the very sore rear end was incentive enough to have no more desire for “meditation.”


Aside from sweating, November-193 had a very busy week. We learned all the different parts on a ship, several important knots, as well as how to drive a ship. We even got to practice on a simulator! On Friday, we had a race with our instructor on knot tying. November was the winner! There will definitely be some Boatswain’s Mates from November come graduation.


The howling gales outside whirled through the squad bays where we sleep. Several days this week we returned from class to find mattresses flipped over, racks moved around, trash strewn across the deck, and a giant knot of all of our shoes heaped in the passageway. Let’s just say the Company Commanders were not happy with our cleaning habits. If we don’t get our things organized, I think we may have to live out of a sea bag instead of a locker.


Saturday we were driven hard to the ground. Aside from a few classes, the majority of the day we spent sweating. One improvement for the day was that we actually increased our volume! To succeed at boot camp, we need to be loud, fast, and work as a team. November has definitely been slow at coming together, but I think we are improving. Marching through the rain today our peers took turns “driving” the marching formation. They definitely need some practice, but we are beginning to feel like we aren’t the laughing stock of the regiment anymore. November Company continues to push forward and hopefully upward as we tack on knowledge and pass each day meal by meal. Let’s cross our fingers for some improvement as we march into week four!


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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