November 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag November

November 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Dec 12, 2017

Graduates: February 2, 2018


As week 06 ends, November ask ourselves what is privilege? After enduring 06 weeks without it, for the most part, we became very grateful for the privilege of on-base liberty, using our phones, talking to loved ones, “smokin’ and jokin'” as our squad leaders tell us not to, and finally being about to take our eyes out of the boat for a little while, really made us realize the privileges we have and why we joined the united states coast guard.

Let’s flash back to the beginning of week 06. We’ll start off with the flash suppressor. There’s many more part to an M-16 piece, but that’s just the tip of it. November-195 attended firearms training this week! Yes they gave us live ammunition and a Sig Saurer P229 firearm. They must’ve really trusted us! As we proved are worthiness and most of November-195 passed the firearms practical. From 3 yards to 5 yards to what felt life a mile, 10 yards. A the instructors did a great job teaching all of us individually even if we never touched a firearm. So your sons, daughters, husbands, or wives might be coming after James Bond with our shooting agility skills. Good news is we get the pennant for our flag indicating we shot greater than 75% accuracy. We also received a bunch of administrative time to figure our lives! Logistics are hard, such as travel arrangements, housing situations, what to bring, who and where to report to. It’s very stressful honestly, but we are slowly gathering all of the information we need. For some of November, we are moving entire families! Other are moving across the state and some may be moving across the country! Rest assured, many others have graduated Training Center Cape May and the staff here is doing a fantastic job of taking care of us. As our company commanders say “Now we can see a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel”. That is no reason to slack off. We were reminded on Friday that boot camp isn’t over until it’s over because we were caught being a little too relaxed. But that’s a lesson learned and we paid for that mistake! As we watched lima graduate, and know that Mike-195 is next, we anxiously count down the days until our graduation. We received our service dress bravo’s this week, got them fitted and tailored. We’re looking sharper than the movie “Kingsman”. We’re learning all of that adulating 101 book such as tying a tie, ironing our uniforms, and shining our boondockers (boots)! If you ask us what the first thing is we’ll buy out of boot camp, most of November will tell you that they[re going to buy the nicest iron on the market! We gotta stay looking spiffy. Public service announcement: If we want to look as good as YNC Snyder, we some starch for our trousers. It’s only one of “Chief Snyd’s Secrets” for when we get out into the fleet. Wish us luck for our final exam next Friday! Next week is going to be tough, but we have confidence and the ability. Until next time, 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.