November 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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November 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 9, 2017

Graduates: June 29, 2017



Day six of search and rescue started just as the last five days. Recruits flying out of the rack still half asleep but running as fast as possible to meet our time objectives. I believe it has finally set in our minds that if we are not fast enough out in the fleet people will die. We have to be faster. As a company we are getting faster. We are making time objectives, well not always but most of the time. Today November-194 got to go to the confidence course. Standing on the side lines the obstacles look massive. Some of us recruits wondered how we would ever get through it. We just had to try and that’s exactly what we did shaky legs and sweaty palms would not slow us down. Some struggled and some flew right through it, but no recruit from November-194 backed down. At the very end were 03 long ropes and bells hanging from a tall wood structure. Every time a recruit reached the top of the bell would be rung and immediately you know that recruits confidence was boosted it was great feeling. We also got to meet with our company mentor today for the second time. BM1 Ward came to see us today to talk to us about our fist orders. We all had questions to ask and not enough time to have they all answered. However, BM1 Ward was very knowledgeable and was able to make everyone of us feel more comfortable about our new homes and orders. Even though not all of us got our first choices or even forth choices we know that the needs of the United States Coast Guard come before our own desires; and we will go where we are needed to serve the people of the United States.


Today we got to go back to the gym with Petty Officer Howell: As he likes to call it, “to get our pump on”. It’s a great feeling going to the gym and working out on the machines but we know that if even one recruit does something wrong we will have to leave. If that happens there is no question about what is coming next. Racks will be empty and sea bags will be packed and the sweat will begin to roll. Thankfully no one lost their military bearing and we were able to have a good work out session. Unfortunately as the day went on mistakes were made and the incentive training began. After so long of us holding a full canteen out in front of us, screaming “eyes in the boat”, you understand that Chief Perez has already given us the keys for success. If you get loud and you get fast nobody is going to mess with you. We do not have to suffer the incentive training sessions any more, we are a senior company now and we have to give 100 percent dedication to everything we do. One more day done and just a few more to go. – SR HADDOX, K., 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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