November 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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November 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 9, 2017

Graduates: June 29, 2017


Week six is officially in the books and looking back it is easy to say this has been our most important so far. The challenges have been great and with each victory we become stronger, faster and louder. Each step we take brings us a little closer to our ultimate goal of being Coast Guardsmen. Our sixth week here allowed us to take out a little aggression on our shipmates with pugil sticks. This exercise was great for us because we not only didn’t have to stand at attention the whole time. The day we also got to handle the fire arms we were trained on. There were some of us who thought we would do great who actually really blew it. And then there were those who didn’t even want to shoot that did really well. November Company did pretty well at the range but like anything else in life, there is always room for improvement. We also got our dress uniforms this week. I have to say the Coast Guards Tropical blue and Bravo uniform can make anybody look good. It is amazing how putting on the bravo coast make each of us feel so good. Putting on these uniforms and knowing that we are a part of something so much bigger than ourselves gives us a drive to push through each day. No matter how tough the situation we will take our punch to the chin and just keep stepping. I would have to say that Saturday was our most important and greatest day so far here at Cape May. We have gotten used to being woken up at 0530 every morning. Well Saturday did not start that way; we got to wake up to Petty Officer Howell Busting through the doors screaming fire, fire, fire! Needless to say but I’m sure there were a few miniature heart attacks. Waking up to a fire drill is not something that we have to do just for fun. We earn fire drills. I am sure we were all thinking how did we mess up while we were sleeping? After a few rounds of pushups, flutter kicks and squats we started on a run. It was just a little after 0500 and fog had settled on the regiment. Chief Perez started singing out his cadences and we had to shout them right back: barely awake but each of us knew we better be loud so that’s what we did. We ran places we had never been before and ended up by the front gate and headed straight for Douglas Munro statue. Chief Perez made us single file it down the side walk until we were directly in front of the statue and had us turn our backs to it. He started talking to us and giving us praise which does not happen easily. Everything is earned from him. He does not just give out freebies which makes the praise that much sweeter. He then told us to about face and there stand beside Douglas Munro was Petty Officer Catlin and Howell and our company colors. “It’s ours” Chief Perez said and we rushed and got it. We have that pride now of marching behind our flag and nothing has come close to feeling better than that. Oh yeah we got it!

– 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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