November 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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November 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 21, 2018

Graduates: Oct 12, 2018


A message to the outside world from Training Center Cape May: November Company has survived week 03 and as the company’s official historian, I have to be forward and honest with all the moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends who happen to be reading this. November Company struggled. We struggled with obeying the orders of our Company Commanders, we struggled with transiting from place to place with a sense of urgency. We struggled with our new marching commands as we struggled keeping up with the old ones. We struggled with maintaining our military bearing at all times. We struggled in our swim and spin classes. Most of all, we struggled to “Achieve 100% motivation and dedication at all times”. No matter how many times our Lead Company Commander tries to hammer the phrase into our skulls. And whenever we outright fail in these struggles, our Company Commanders punish us appropriately and justly. Keeping our racks (our sleeping spaces) “squared away” has been a key task for November-196 and so Company Commanders will consequently flip our mattress and hurl our footwear and clothing across our squad bay when anything is even remotely out of place. But when we get on our Company Commanders bad side in general, they’ll normally just make us sweat but our Company Commanders can only make us do push-ups or hold our water bottles over our heads for so long until the company starts to get used to it. That is why on Friday, the Company Commanders whipped out a new “toy” for the company known only as “Medusa”. This enormous, thick line has the sole purpose of bringing on the pain. It won’t turn you into stone, but it will make you sweat. The company got into a single file line with Medusa held high over their heads. On command, the recruits dropped it to either shoulder and returned it to over their heads. Personally, I find holding our full ruck sacks out in front of us the most challenging. Thankfully, not all is dismal for November Company. The recruits seemed to truly enjoy all the practical knowledge learned in Seamanship class. The company learned how to tie 06 different knots, how to operate a cutter at the helm and the proper protocol for watch duty. Learning to commands, repeats and executions for being a helmsman were especially fun. Recruits even got to test their skill in turning the rudder of a cutter in a computerized simulation. I think it’s safe to say that recruits are looking forward most to divine house on Sunday. A time for worship, writing letters to home and organizing our racks. November Company has certainly improved since meeting our Company Commanders, don’t get me wrong. But it we want to stop sweating, we need to endure the struggles and give it our absolute best. Week 04 will be our week of reckoning.


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.