November 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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November 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 12, 2017

Graduates: February 2, 2018


Dear Family and friends of November-195, we have some great news! But before we enlighten you on our company’s experiences, we must explain the importance of our training at this point, the end of week 04. The half way point. No we can see the tiny beam of light at the end of the tunnel! Our lead Company Commander, MK1 Coleman, say “we are on the teeter totter” and depending on our performance it can get better or worse. Now our only enemy is time. We’ve gotten faster, louder, and smarter too but we’ve still got a long way to go. November-195 is very similar to a pack of wolves, and our company commanders are the Alpha wolves. We are meeting and excelling at time objectives. So, for instance, we get 10 minutes to dress into our operational dress uniform and shave/gel our hair. The we’ll run back to on squad bay, or sleeping quarters, and call mission complete/fail. We haven’t heard mission failed in a while.

Due to the blizzard that almost blew all of the recruits off the regiment, you may not have any mail from us, so hear are all of our week’s experiences. We started off the week with New Years! In all honesty, our New Year’s resolutions “New Year, New Me” may come true in 04 more weeks when we graduate. Notice how I didn’t say “If”. We are November. We learned how to shovel snow… if we didn’t know already. We learned about firefighting and passed our practicals too. According to DC2 Wright, we were the fastest company he’s seen out of his 03 plus years of dressing to his standards into the fire suits with tanks and the whole nine yards. Then we grabbed a fire hose and fought a fake fire with real water. The fire hose is very hard to control! Much respect for those firefighters back home!

We filled our “Dream Sheets” this week. We got really motivated from that class and now we will get our orders one week from that class this past Friday. Some people chose cutters, ice breakers, small boat stations, and aids to navigation (ANT) stations. All over the United States of course. The most popular places were California, Florida, and Hawaii – no surprise there.

We were looking sharp in our formal dress uniform pictures. The whole company got self-portraits taken. We looked like we invented the word “fancy”. Very similar to the Skype Business Meeting standard. Where you have a real nice button down shirt and tie, but you’re sitting in your underwear.

Big News Flash! We took our midterms and… wait for it… EVERYONE passed!!! Not only did we pass, but our company had a large handful of 100% according to our instructor. MK1 Coleman made us a deal to where if everyone passed, we would get the privilege of coffee and hot chocolate during chow. That’s something that we usually don’t get until the later weeks so we are trying hard to keep that privilege. Privileges come and go here like a leaf on the ground. They can leave in a split second. Being exactly half way through boot camp is when training begins. Now we are expected to take charge, run ourselves, and set our own time objectives. March to places to where we need to go. It’s up to us individually to help each other and become the family we are. It stinks being, but we help each other and give a giving hand to all, cause overall, not to powder coat it, boot camp does suck. It’s up to us on how bad. As November-195 is pushing its way through everything including the snow; as we all want it; as week of is upon us; we push day by day. Sometimes by the minutes, but the weeks pass. Until next time, week 05.



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.