November 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

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November 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 9, 2017

Graduates: June 29, 2017


For November 194 Graduation Program:  Will be posted on Wednesday




Week 07 has been filled with ups and downs. One minute November Company would be on top of our game; loud and proud and the next we were back to our old ways. Falling out of our runs with Chief Perez or messing up manual of arms is just a couple of our many mistakes but with each failure would come another victory. We as a company at this stage in training are expected to perform with 100% motivation and dedication. Not only by our company commanders but by ourselves as well, I believe today it really set in that we will be leaving soon.


This morning we marched to Goff Hall to turn in our pieces and on the way back to the house Chief Perez told us to sing out louder, have our shoulders back and show some pride because it would probably be one of the last times we march down Munro Avenue. It is weird to think we are this close to the end. Throughout the week we said good bye to our instructors Petty officer Enchelmaier and Petty Officer Conda. We had a web cam conference with Master Chief Vanderhaden on Thursday and it was just another reminder that our time is coming to an end here. But all of that being said recruit training is not over we still have four days left and Chief Perez continues to remind us that no one is safe. Each day could be your last in November Company. No one wakes up and says, “I think I will be revered today”. But it happens we’ve seen it happen and each of us have to remain locked on as we enter week 08. With all of the stress that week 07 has brought there was also a lot of motivating and exciting things to come out of this week.


Without a doubt the one day each of us have been looking forward to the most bedsides graduations is off base liberty. With all of us in our tropical blue uniforms and our cell phones in our hands were ready to storm out the door to make our way to the front gate. Never in my life have I seen a group of individuals so happy just to go out on the town for a few hours; as Chief Perez likes to say, “We work hard and we play even hard”. The day was spent talking to loved ones and for most of us eating a lot of junk that we really did not need, but it was so good. After 07 weeks of being trained to stand tall with your chest out, shoulders back we could not help but to feel a little sense of pride as we walked around town in our tropical blue uniforms. Many of us on multiply occasions were thanked for our service. Even though they knew that we are only recruits and have not actually done anything for country they still wanted to show their thanks because we signed on the dotted line and made the commitment to be a part of the United States Coast Guard. I believe that their thanks made the day all the more better because it was a reminder of why we signed up: we signed up for them.



– 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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