November 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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November 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 21, 2018

Graduates: Oct 12, 2018


Our Company Commanders warned us that the weeks ahead were only going to get more difficult. They were not wrong. Week 04 can be summarized as such: Screaming, Running & Sweating. And no, not all of it was on behalf of our Company Commanders on Tuesday and Wednesday, the recruits visited Goff Hall for classes on firefighting equipment and their practical on firefighting. In preparation for the practical, recruits were instructed on proper fire extinguishers usage utilizing the P.A.S.S. technique for dousing flames, and on how to correctly equip SCBA gear. The fire Simulation was all of fun and we all enjoyed the practical exercise. We also had our mid-term exam this week. The most anticipated part of the week was getting to fill out our “dream sheets”. A form for recruits to request which district they want to be station in after boot camp. It’s only week 04 but already the company has made one of their first steps toward their transition to a career in the Coast Guard. As the weeks get only harder and harder, brief joyful moments like that are what give November Company motivation to press onwards.


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.