Quebec 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Quebec 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 23, 2018

Graduates: March 16, 2018



Week 04 Historian Summary


Aside from the more obvious physical changes the shipmates of Quebec 195 have accumulated over their four week cleanse in Cape May, a closer look will reveal that we’re a bit different between the ears, too. Don’t be alarmed. We’re not talking about Full Metal Jacket mania here. Although, some of us have started utilizing the head at the position of attention, with feet together and heels at 45 degrees. Odd as that is, What’s really strange is the fact that the same group of people who, just last month were scattered across the country’s couches, have begun to take the shape of a team. And not a minute too soon. The fourth week of recruit training saw Quebec’s Company Commanders switching from flame throwers to shotguns. Not literally, for the most part, but the figurative field of fire has begun to focus down on our weak spots. Fortunately for all of us, a few shipmates have shown themselves more equal to the task of battening down the hatches. A squeaky-voiced 17-year old eagerly barking instruction to a 6’8” mountain of muscle is a peculiar sight, but leadership in Quebec comes in unlikely packages. And beggars can’t be choosers. With a dizzying itinerary to tackle in week four, Quebec and its emerging leaders marched through a number of important checkpoints. Depending on who you ask, Tuesday’s firefighting practical was either a nightmare or a blast. But, both sides can thank their lucky sides that we weren’t up against a Class Bravo diesel fire. Squatting with 80 pounds of gear also had us adequately broken in for the next day’s Fitness Assessment. Unfortunately for our less restrained shipmates, biscuits and gravy were on the morning chow menu, so a handful of us will be getting up before the rooster has brushed his beak to take remedials. But that didn’t get their spirits down for long, as Thursday was Dream Sheet day. Also known as the day 100 people beg for shore duty in Hawaii. Joking aside, requesting our assignments was a welcome boost to morale after a long week of training. With dreams of cutter life having just lulled Quebec to sleep, we were awoken Friday to the familiar shout of “ Get your bodies out of the rack!!!” with the the assistance of a megaphone, whistle, or both. The best wakeup call taxpayer money can buy. After breach-loading our morning brain chow in the galley, it was time to step off for Midterms. Hopefully, those of you at home reading this are in a seated position, because word on the street is that Quebec scored just shy of 90%. We may make it out of here after all.    


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.