Quebec 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Quebec 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 4, 2016

Graduates: November 23, 2016

 

Week 6 Summary

Week 6 has come to an end and it is safe to say it was by far our busiest yet most rewarding week to date. While we’re sure most of you have heard of our adventures and exploits during our on base liberty calls back home, we’ll fill in the rest of you of our happenings this week.

Early on this week we finally got to train with pugil sticks, something we have been looking forward to for a long time. Basically, we were given permission to beat each other up with giant red and black Q-Tips. We cheered on our shipmates as they entered the ring to duel. Our company commanders made the experience even more fun by offering us words of wisdom such as: “Finish him!” And “hit him while he’s down!” to name a couple. All in all, we had a great time. It was a chance for us to destress a bit and build comradery at the same time.

The spirit of competition stuck with us throughout the week as we fought to qualify for marksmanship. After several hours of classroom instruction and weeks of being grilled on firearm safety rules, we were entrusted with live firearms for target practice. Though only a handful of us qualified (meaning we shot accurately enough to score enough points to be a marksman, sharpshooter, or expert marksman), it was exciting for everyone to compare scores with one another.

On the classroom side of things, our classes have focused primarily on how to successfully reach our new unit. We learned about unit tasks and expectations from non-rates, how to report to our new unit, how to move our belongings from one location to another, and how we are expected to travel to our new unit. Though many of us are a little worried and confused, we are being guided through the process with expert levels of efficiency and clarity. The more we learn, the more comfortable we become with our transition.

Speaking about transitions, Quebec-193 had a major transition this week: we finally earned our colors. Earning colors is a big deal on the regiment. Physically, all that changes is that our guidon now carries the official Quebec flag and not a white flag bearing the letter “Q”. Symbolically, it means a great deal. It means we are recognized as a senior unit. It means we have been entrusted as role models for the junior company. It means we are extended more privileges as a company, such as access to coffee and chocolate milk in the galley (and we can barely contain our excitement). Most importantly, however, it is symbolic of our growth from individuals to a true company. Though we are not perfect recruits, we are striding forth together, propping one-another up until maybe one day soon, we can be that perfect company.

Our final activity this week, as most of you know, was on-base liberty. During this time, we were allowed to contact loved ones and update them on our condition. If you didn’t hear from us Saturday, don’t worry-we will have more time to chat next Saturday.

Boot camp feels like it’s coming to a close, but it’s not over yet. We will continue to stay strong and vigilant throughout week 7. See you all soon.

 

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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