November 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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November 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 9, 2017

Graduates: June 29, 2017


Week 02


Chow, chow, chow, chewy bar. As N-194 pressed on we focus on one thing at a time, one more IT session, one more class, then chow. Just think about what’s in front of you. Today was encouraging; N-194 got to meet our company mentor: Boatswains Mate First Class Ward. He is now beginning the process of becoming an officer. He gave us lots of great insight into what life is like after basic training. Everyone had a question, and he always had an answer. We should see him again in week five. One thing he left us with was to start thinking about what we want to do after basic, because after all it’s just eight weeks. We left the class with our mentor with a new found hope, refreshed, and ready to go. But after class was over, it was time to get back to reality. Time again to keep our eyes in the boat and our thumbs sowed to our trouser seams. We went straight from the classroom to chow. Just a few more hours until the next chow, the only question is what we will be doing with those hours. Earlier this morning we were promised sweat. That promise was kept and fulfilled up until and after chow. Canteens and pieces were held out in front of us, pushups, squats, and flutter kicks were counted out; 01, 02, 03, 04. Sea bags were passed around the quarter deck. We were promised a long day, and we were given a long day but by no means was this not justified, we dictated how this Saturday went. We have the keys to unlock training. But for the most part we keep them stowed away… We will begin training when we all begin utilizing those keys and when every single person sounds off, when every single person keeps there canteen out in front of them. Everyone is important. A piece of clothing was found on the floor of the head by Petty Officer Howell. Just one piece of clothing… left by one person…. Many of us would think that this is not a big deal. Petty Officer Howell painted a picture for us. He said “what if we were on a cutter and that piece of clothing got sucked into the bilge pump and caused problems for everyone else?” Today many of us left our covers on our rack when we had to go outside for “Fire, Fire, Fire”. What if we were Maritime Law Enforcement Specialists, and we left our sidearm stowed away and not on our hip like our covers. Imagine if we were attacked or there was a drug bust. People would die, our shipmates would die, and civilians would die, all because we were not disciplined. If just one person takes a break we all have to start over. This is frustrating but when you think about the purpose of the drill it makes sense. We grow up believing that our actions don’t affect other people. This is very false. If we go out into the fleet with this mentality people will die. This is one of the many false ways of thinking that need to be ripped from our minds. We will just have to wait and see which one changes next. – SR Rathbun, J.F., NOVEMBER-194


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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