Quebec 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Quebec 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 4, 2016

Graduates: November 23, 2016
QUEBEC – 193


This week was a transitioning one for Quebec-193. We saw a lot of failure, but also a little success. Things are becoming more routine for us, and this week we shouted “Mission Complete” more often than not.

As part of the transition, we have started our training in seamanship. From manning a helm to knot tying, we learned practical skills that will be useful for our time in the fleet.

The stress of boot camp has started to ramp up as standards become stricter. Our responsibilities have been stacked upon us this week, pushing us to new milestones. Squad leaders have stepped forward in their positions in the squad bays, simultaneously guiding us to victory, and (literally) bearing the weight of our failures.

One of the most challenging aspects of the week has been watch-standing. Watch-standing happens every night, in one hour blocks. Throughout the night, we are woken up early and have to report to the proper location. From there, we march through the squad bays and report violations of orders. As you might imagine, the interrupted sleep leaves us like zombies the next day.

This is dangerous because the list of severe individual punishments grew in size this week. There are probation belts for people with deficiencies such as bearing or knowing their required knowledge. A program known as RAMP opened up for recruits with discipline or attitude problems. This program is extremely physical – every recruit from our company that went this week ended up in the medical bay on the first day. This program is very intense, but it’s not the worst punishment. That honor belongs to reversions.

Being reverted means you are reassigned to the next company. It is what we all fear most – and for some of our shipmates, this nightmare was a reality. But, to earn a reversion, you must violate one of the three Coast Guard Core Values: Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty.

The challenges of boot camp, combined with the looming threat of punishment have ushered in a refined sense of personal responsibility. In many instances, our Company Commanders have stepped back from their hand holding and guidance and have put the burden on us to know what is going one, when it will happen, and how to prepare for it. From laundry duty, to drill practice and ceremonial band, to personal dental appointments, we are responsible to stay vigilant throughout the day and to take charge of our lives.

In short, we are growing up. We are growing stronger, mentally and physically. The things that seemed impossible last week are within are grasps this week. It was promised to use by our Lead Company Commander on day one that boot camp would not be easy. That promise was upheld. She also promised us that boot camp would make us better people. It’s still early in our cycle but it’s easy to see that this promise will be upheld as well.

Though it is difficult to hear from us often, know that we are doing things that would make you, our loved ones, very proud. We will continue to fail as a company – but it is only so we may succeed later, as we learn and grow. You will always be our first family, but soon, we will be a part of a second family: the United States Coast Guard. But first, we must earn it!


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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