November 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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November 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 13, 2016

Graduates: November 4, 2016

 

 

Week 06 Summary                                                                             November-193

 

POP! Crack! The sound of gunshots just to the left and right of me startle my eyes close; even though I expect them. November has gone off base to practice shooting at the range! Our practical application of the knowledge we learned yesterday in class is coming into play. We are given plenty of time for our first two magazines, about a minute per round. For those of us that have never shot a gun before, this time is for resting our arms, finding our position, and carefully thinking about each shot. The advice our instructors have given us includes constantly keeping the sights aligned, taking a breath, exhaling halfway, then pulling the trigger, methodically pulling the trigger in a slow and smooth motion, keeping our first finger joint straight as we pull the trigger- too much to think about. Our next two magazines we are given only seconds for each round. The instructors tell us not to think about the time, but we can think of almost nothing else and our accuracy suffer terribly. For some of the better shots, we had a second opportunity. This time around, practice has helped us to improve our scores. Most people in November did not qualify for the Marksmanship ribbon, but as a company, we shot off pretty well.

Our company commanders have begun to treat us like we are week six recruits. On Saturday, Chief Robertson allowed us to have coffee with breakfast. Thank goodness! Many of our classes can be rather dry and all of us could use some caffeine to really stay awake and pay attention. After breakfast on Saturday, we were taken off-base again, this time to volunteer. We worked with the New Jersey Audubon Society. They directed us to plant, clean the beach, and help their small crew maintain their work station. Coast Guard Auxiliarists were present as well, volunteering their time not only to the community, but to help us become better Coast Guardsmen. Our morale as a company jumped at the opportunity to dedicate time and effort to the community.

As many of you know from the phone calls received on Saturday, we got on-base liberty! This entailed going to the exchange to stock up on items we have run out of in the past month and lots of junk food. The rest of the evening was spent at Harborview. Here we purchased food from a very unhealthy, but tasty menu. I think we all spent too much time on our phones, but talking to loved ones really made the day special. There was lots of exchanging phone numbers and trying to get to know all the people we have spent the last month and a half with. Our teamwork was on point. We had the house to ourselves, no company commanders present. Even without someone looking over our shoulders, we did the right thing- putting our phones up, getting in bed on time, staying quiet for the baby company that moved in next door to our building. Sunday we finished the week out right by receiving our colors! The company commanders reminded us about why we are here, then told us to go get our colors. The crowd rushed forward and we all reached for them, cheering on November 193!

 

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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