November 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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November 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 21, 2018

Graduates: Oct 12, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

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*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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WK 02

This week is nearly impossible to describe. It went by so quickly yet took so long. It was so exciting yet so terrifying, and although November has a long way to go, we have changed. It seems like a lifetime since we met our Company Commander and it seems even longer that we stayed our first night in Sexton Hall. It’s only been two weeks, and we have a lot longer to go. Monday morning began with an early more fire drill however, this fire drill was different. This fire drill ended in sweat. A combination of push-ups, mountain climbers, squats, crunches, and cherry pickers concluded our fire drill and suddenly it was time to eat. It is impossible to explain to anyone galley procedures because they are quite literally insane. An individual would have to experience them to fully grasp the experience. The galley for a week two recruit consists of constant screaming and fear. Don’t you dare open your mouth. Don’t you dare look up from your food, and don’t even think about slipping up. If you do any of these things you will be singled out and instructed to scream things like “Move Faster Shipmates Move Faster!” and “Keep your heels together Shipmates!” It is these things that will stick with us throughout our lives. Tuesday, November-196 was taught Discipline through sweat and our muscles burned and ached as did our learning to become Coast Guardsmen. The company commanders push us so hard that the walls sweat as do the floors and mirrors. We grew to yearn for a cool day so we could do physical training out doors to no avail but that’s okay. Every moment we push ourselves we become better. Wednesday was by far the highlight of the week because this was the first day that we received mail. A letter can make all the difference in a person’s attitude. Headstrong men and women break down at the sight of their loved ones handwriting. We also received our “pieces” on Wednesday which are essentially mock service rifles. November got wet Thursday morning, we had our first swim test. This tested the courage of many recruits. On Friday the company came together as one and discussed its weaknesses and areas for improvement. That was a critical point for the company for it is when we realized we are a team.

Fact of the week: People who snore always fall asleep first.


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.