Quebec 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Quebec 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 4, 2016

Graduates: November 23, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Quebec 193 Graduation Program



As any process comes to a close, it’s important to test and assess yourself to measure how far you’ve grown. A large part of this week was just that: How have we grown as individuals and as a company.

Our first assessment this week was mental: an academic final exam. We had been eyeing this on our schedule for weeks, anxiously clipping our nails bare, worried we weren’t prepared for this assessment. We studied all week, in every spare moment and….it paid off! We all passed the test and nobody was rephased. It was a huge victory for us.

Our other assessment was the manual of arms test. We’ve had manual of arms and close order drill testes before, and well, they didn’t go so well. But this week, we were on FIRE (the good fire, NOT the “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!” kind of fire) and we passed with a solid 9 of 10. While we hoped for a perfect score, we are still proud to score as a highly as we did.

Also this week, we learned plenty of practical skills to prepare us for the fleet. First was line handling. Our instructor, Petty Officer Broocks, shows us how to safely handle lines and moor up vessels. While most of us were fast learners, some of us needed some extra practice. Petty Officer Broocks would shake his head and laugh at us as we struggled to bring our lines to the pier. Eventually, with his guidance, we all passed our line handling practical and gained some more confidence in ourselves and our abilities as we draw closer to reporting to our units.

In the event something catastrophic happened during our line handling practical we were lucky enough to be prepared through the CPR and First Aid classes we had taken this week. We took these classes very seriously and listened carefully to the advice of our shipmates Decker and Kelley who have actually had to use CPR and First Aid before. We are a lifesaving service so it is very essential that we learn these skills in case emergencies occur. As with our line handling class, our instructor was very thorough and patient with us. We finished feeling capable of meeting such challenges if ever they should arise.

Finally, this week we got to see a side of our Company Commanders that we had not seen before. We call this the “debriefing”. Our Company Commanders sat us down, took off those intimidating smokey the bear covers, and answered our questions. Almost everyone’s hands shot up, eager to finally ask our Company Commanders what has been on our minds for the past 07 weeks. We found out why they joined the Coast Guard, their best and most trying moments, and learned how we as fresh graduates can make a good impression when we report to our units. Honestly, we had so many questions, and barely managed to fit them all in with what little time we had.

All in all, it was a great week. Probably the best Quebec has ever had. We learned so much individually and as a company. We eagerly await to see our family and friends on Wednesday.



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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