November 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

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November 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 12, 2017

Graduates: February 2, 2018


Now that week 03 has come and passed, we’re figuring out that everyone’s lifestyle, from all across the nation, is a different version of normal. Some of us have never seen snow until a couple of days ago. Other have never seen the Atlantic Ocean, or eaten seafood. Some shipmates think 40 degrees is cold… cough cough Floridians… while others think it’s hot. We’re starting to learn about our shipmates past and their loved ones too. Here is out journey through week 03 in Training Center Cape May.

Christmas was a nice little retreat from boot camp. Unfortunately we didn’t see ole St. Nick. We even left out some cookies and water. We don’t have the privilege to drink milk; otherwise we would’ve left that out instead! We were extremely thankful to be a part of Operation Fireside and Millville Elks Lodge! We were able to call home and get our phones too. Some of us were just staring at our phones like it was some form of foreign technology that we’ve never seen before. Others were chowing down on dessert and soda, pop, coke, etc. That’s up to debate!

Moving on later in the week, we got our official military identification card! Most of our pictures looked like mugshots because the company caught the infamous “Cape May Crud”. That’s Right! We fell asleep to coughing and sneezing, runny noses, aches and pains, but we made friends with the doctors and got some cold packs! Now we’re feeling better.

We started our seamanship classes this week too. Now you call us Popeye the Sailor Man/Woman! We even get our spinach from the galley. Seamanship class is super cool. Old school boathouse from the 80’s with nautical theme. We learned about the 5 basic knots, how to identify and move about the ships, how to helm (drive) the ship and a bunch of other commands. Any family or friends with nice yachts? November-195 can take care of that for ya! We got in the pool again and tried on our survival suits. Nap time in the pool was fun. We had to float on our backs in groups. If you don’t have one you should invest in one. That was the best water bed nap we’ve had. All we needed was some popcorn and a movie.

Next week is our midterm, so we will be studying for that. It’s not your average summer camp. We’ve had class’s non-stop throughout the week. If we aren’t in class or eating in the galley, we are usually studying. Even when our company commanders are working us hard, we are going over our required knowledge and more! It’s not easy bit November-195 is adapting pretty well. We are one step closer to becoming Semper Paratus. Whether its rack inspections, completing time objectives or eventually the impossible, we will achieve it. Do you think it’s possible to move 100 plus shipmates from one squad bay down the hallway to another squad bay complete formation in under 50 seconds? Well we didn’t think it was possible last week but we did it today. We’ve figured out that we must focus on the small achievements as the weeks go on. Who knows what other impossible task we might accomplish? As slow as the days seem, week 03 is here and out, and we’re here now to take on week 04!


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.