Quebec 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Quebec 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 4, 2016

Graduates: November 23, 2016




What an eventful week it’s been for Quebec-193! We faced three daunting challenges and were able to overcome them all. This week we had our second physical fitness test, firefighting test and midterm examination.

Many of us were nervous going into or physical fitness test. Our bodies have been sore for weeks and we were worried we would be too weak to pass. With some encouragement from the staff and the promise of being allowed coffee in the morning if we all passed, Quebec-193 took off! During our sit ups, pushups and run all of us were red faced and sweating profusely. We gave it 100% and then some. A lot of us even got better scores than our first test but unfortunately not all of Quebec-193 passed. Our dreams of coffee now diminished. Our motivation has not faltered though; most of our shipmates re-took the test and passed!

Later this week we had our fire fighting test. This was probably the fun test, thrilling and terrifying event we have done so far. Once told “Fire fire fire!” Quebec-193 sprinted to action. Donning our yellow suits, masks and oxygen tanks we raced into a smoke filled room to put out our fire. What a chaotic mess we were in the beginning. Our suits weighed heavily on us, forcing us to fall over many times while the smoke heavily impaired our vision. Gradually though, we were able to adjust to the situation and accomplish our mission.

Lastly, we all took our midterm examination. Parents and loved ones should have another reason to be proud of this company. Our company average was 91%! This definitely took most of us by surprise. Maybe Quebec-193 is just book smart and not street smart we obviously understand the material, but day to day routine is still a bit hard for us. Never the less, these scores definitely were boosts to our morale which will hopefully stay with us next week.

Or perhaps we’re being hard on ourselves (not that this is a bad thing) the days are long and progress is gradual, so it’s been difficult to see the growth in the midst of our struggles but, we do finally have a measure-new companies on the regiment. That’s right… Quebec-193 are no longer the new kids on the block. We’re a little more seasoned, a little faster, and a little louder. As we look up to the senior companies, we are sure there is progress to be made. But we look down to the newer companies, we can remember how scared we were, how quiet we were, how confused we were and take solace that we are improving as a company and as individuals.

As we move into the following week we now have an important duty to be the best we can to inspire the new recruits. As role models moving to the second half of training; as children moving into adulthood


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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