November 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

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November 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 9, 2017

Graduates: June 29, 2017




So this week was all about reinvention, as we started to realize our issues we attempted to forge change. Petty Officer Howell’s punishing spirit turned cold; Chief Perez motivated us more through Petty Officer Howell-esk incentive training. Maybe that’s exactly what November Company needed. During the week it became evident to all of us collectively that some people aren’t putting in the effort and it was sad to see them leave to other companies but change can be good for both parties.


During the midst of all the sorrow this week the month of June started and blessed us with its elative forces. Just something about the month of June that does it to people. But back to November companies reinvention because it’s fairly hard to see exactly who the change came from. So, Thursday night was the night that Petty Officer Howell turned cold and acted as if he’d put more effort into the company it be all for not. We recruits noticed that. As our incentive training ended those that are vocal leaders spoke up and made it evident that we really do need to get louder and faster. Then comes Friday you could see people pushing more and making Chief Perez’s time objectives but right around mid-day. Just after afternoon chow something changed… To begin with, there were more recruits standing on our quarterdeck. Petty Officers Howell’s presence alone seemed to breathe new life into us. Chief Perez says we need to use our voice to blow someone away; you’da swore we were trying to blow Petty Officer Howell back into his pickup and send him home as an early birthday gift.


Petty Officer Howell showed no emotion but he knew we were loud. Throughout the day, we were just working hard. Graduation Friday with all of the Company Commanders went smooth enough that we didn’t have to do any incentive training. Marching to chow not as many recruits were out of step as usual… I guess lunch was going to be our reward for busting our butts the way we were supposed to. Just something clicked… We all just wanted success equally as much.


That noise that November 194 has been producing has us in the good spot we are in; not flying high yet but there is no denying that our boondockers are more shiny than anyone else’s. Who would have guessed that we would be looking better than senior companies? Our hard work has not gone unnoticed. Our Company Commanders blessed us with opportunities to square away our racks, inspection ready uniforms, and ample time to shine our boondockers. Our Sunday was great also; we made our morning time objective which instead of the quarterdeck being the final destination we had to form up outside marching squad leaders towards the ocean. It was because of our hard work that we spent a large portion of our day running the track shouting our lungs out in formation. Honestly it was a great scene, all three Company Commanders running and leading the double time march/run followed by 55 recruits screaming loud and proud.


After our historic run we received our fist in the gym experience. The gym really doesn’t have much of an excitement factor; the gym is about gains bro! Gains! The day didn’t end as well as it should have though… It seemed like our new found success had gotten to our heads and Petty Officer Catlin was not having any it. I can’t tell you how many times we had to do ‘up down, in and out’ drills or the time we spent running up and down the ladder wells for ‘fire, fire, fire’ drills. When it was all over our bodies happily embarrassed our beds. – SR West, B.L., 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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