Quebec 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Quebec 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 23, 2018

Graduates: March 16, 2018


The fifth week of Quebec’s civilian cleanse finds us in the middle of an identity crisis. Are we barnacled, fleet-ready Coasties, or do we need more time in the oven? Well, before we had time to come up with an answer, one was provided for us; out of the frying pan and in to the fire! It became painfully obvious this week who wasn’t paying attention in our class in Risk Assessment. For example, if your last name happens to loosely rhyme with chicken, it’s probably in your best interest to avoid any movements that resemble that particular animal, less you find yourself in the middle of the packed galley being made to cluck and pick imaginary seeds as your shipmates learn from your mistake. Also, if your birthday happens to fall in the middle of your boot camp experience, you may be better off keeping your mouth shut. Oh, you’ll have a party alright, but you’ll be the only one there not having a good time.

This week’s regularly scheduled programming kicked off with a dreaded uniform inspection. If you think the local buffet scrambles before the Health Department pulls out their pencils, you should have seen Quebec before going under the microscope of Section Commander Chief Perez. With a voice like a foghorn and the stride of a bull, the Chief strolled among our trembling ranks looking for loose threads, wrinkled trousers, or the wrong facial expression. If you’re lucky enough to have all three, don’t be surprised to find yourself holding a mattress over your head. They stress that everything we do here has training value, but we’re beginning to think that might be the exception.   Even those of us who were holding their irons by the cord a few short weeks ago are turning into regular Suzie Homemakers now. Well, that may be an exaggeration, but Quebec is finally starting to look the part.

Not only is Quebec becoming easier on the eyes, this week’s daily close order drill and manual of arms practice has us moving sharper too. As some of you have already heard via a hoarse voice on the telephone, the stakes rose even higher this week as rumors spread that Quebec’s orders were sitting on Chief Brugioni’s desk.   Or, so we were wryly informed by our Lead Company Commander as she had her last bit of fun before reading us our fates. Even for those of us whose dreams of sun and surf were dashed by the words “Alaska”, or “Icebreaker”, receiving our first orders brought a great sense of pride in being one step closer to joining the world’s finest Service. Caught up in the excitement, our end-of-week meeting with company mentor Captain Brown became a bit too casual, with E-1’s forgetting that they were talking to an O-6, not a barista at Starbucks.   We’re no longer doubting Petty Officer Placencia’s promise that if we aren’t the best company of the regiment, at least we’ll be the strongest.


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.