November 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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November 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 12, 2017

Graduates: February 2, 2018


Reveille, Reveille, Reveille!!! 0530 Wake up call. How do you get 120 recruits up in the morning, changed, shaved, females: Hair gelled, lined up in marching formation, and marched all the way to the galley ramp in less than 15 munities? It’s kinda like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Well I’ll tell you what N-195 DID IT! That’s why it’s called search and rescue week. Its high stressed and fast paced. It’s all about beating those time objectives and looking sharp. Week 05 started out with uniform inspections. One loose thread or piece of lint and you were set underneath a stern set of instructions. You could call it a good long workout. Considering the fact that we still have 03 weeks left of training, it’s pretty accurate to say that nobody passed inspecting. Then rack inspections occurred. This time, we got inspected by our section commander and other section commanders. So we inevitably failed it seems. “Gear adrift sinks ships!” Practical saying for the fleet. Last thing you want is a dirty pair of fruit of the loom undies getting stuck in the bilge pump that’s trying to pump the water out of the sinking ship. Hypothetically speaking of course! Sid, Manny and Diego left and took the ice age with them thankfully. This week has been warmer and most of the snow is gone. It felt really good to get outside and practice our close order drill marching and our manual of arms with our pieces. The company is becoming very crisp with our movements. We have our company colors hanging up on the quarter deck reminding us every day that we haven’t earned it! As we get better, slowly, we look back on newer companies and see how far we’ve come. It’s a good feeling!

Speaking of good feelings, we all got our orders this week! When we received them, we were all standing in formation. We had to ring the bell and scream out our station, cutter and/or base along with the city. Our nerves could not keep us in military bearing as hard as we tried. It was purse shock. Everyone for the most part was super excited! I know for sure that our hearts were beating faster and louder than our voices get.

We started morning and evening colors too! Our colors team raises the National Ensign, Coast Guard ensign and an award pennant. We are very grateful for the honor. November is doing well here in TRACEN Cape May. There is never a moment here that we can relax. As our lead company commander, MK1 Coleman says “ALL BUSINESS ALL THE TIME.” Only 03 weeks to go! Gets keep knocking these weeks out! Thanks you for the continuous support, letters, and love. We couldn’t get through it without the help from our friends and family back home. Until next week, NOVEMBER 195 OUT!!!


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.