November 193 Recruit Journal Week 4


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November 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 13, 2016

Graduates: November 4, 2016


“Fire, fire, fire!” Hearts racing, adrenaline coursing through our veins as we dash into the changing room. The suits left on the rack are three sizes too big, but that doesn’t matter because there is a fire and we are going to put it out. The room is so smoky that seeing even just a couple feet in front is nearly impossible. Oxygen on my tank is somehow not hooked properly and condensation drips down the goggles of my mask as I grasp for air. I am bent down low, trying not to lose the hose that is my lifeline. Then it is my turn to direct the house. The fire is out! When we finally remove our heavy fire protective gear, sweat is soaked through our shirts and deep sighs can be heard throughout the company. November Company passed our firefighting practical! As we have finally reached the midpoint of our training, November was also tested both physically and academically. For the majority, the test went well. There is still time for those behind to catch up, and plenty of sweat to get those push-up numbers up. It’s hard to believe that we are at the midway point. All of the topics covered by the midterm are a reminder of how much we have really covered in the past month. Now that we have submitted our assignment requests, we are all anxious to get out to a ship and really test out our knowledge and maybe even take the helm! The beginning of week four was quite crazy. All of our sleeping arrangements were changed up; the goal being to force us to come together as a team. Since we have had lots of time to develop our military bearing and understand how things work around here, we have paid dearly for each of our mistakes. The incentive training sessions have gotten increasingly longer and more challenging. Our least favorite is the squat press, where we hold our rifle out in front of us as we squat. We usually have to hold at the bottom of the squat longer than any of us would prefer. However, our Lead Company Commander has decided to start punishing individuals for their mistakes rather than the entire company. This has given some of us more time to get our boots shiny and some of the wrinkles out of our uniform. We really got serious about learning manual of arms this week, which is the synchronized swimming version of marching with rifles. After just using our rifles to pay for mistakes in sweat, we enjoyed the reminder that they do have other uses. Although we need a lot of practice, once we get all the movements down, November Company will look pretty sweet. Until then, keep November Company in your prayers and keep writing those letters! We need some encouragement and some good luck for coming together as a team, especially with search and rescue week coming up! Hopefully we will be having a short conversation with you sometime late next week when we get our orders. Until then, November, over and out.


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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