November 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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November 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 21, 2018

Graduates: Oct 12, 2018


I’m somewhat at a loss of words for this week. Not because the week was boring or uneventful, but because I’m almost certain that my fellow shipmates of November-196 have already done my job for me! During our on-base liberty this past Saturday, while munching on curly fries, chicken wings, chocolate bars and sipping soda, all I saw were my shipmates clinching onto their phones, face timing their parents, calling their spouses and texting their friends. For everyone in November, it had been the first time in 06 weeks since anyone had ever even seen their phones let alone use them. It had also been equally as long since anyone had seen their loved ones! To all the family members and friends on the receiving end of those calls, this joyful moment took place within the training center, inside a sports bar called the Harbor View and as the name suggests the sports bar features a spectacular view of the bay. Across the water 4 cutters stood majestically docked, seeming to beacon the recruits toward their fulfilling futures. As the sun dipped below the horizon, the bay became decorated in an array of red, white, and blue lights from the vessels that glimmered across the water. This could all be seen from the restaurant patio with reclining seats and cozy fire pits for taking in the view. That’s the word that truly sums up Saturday evening: COZY. Even if it was only for a short while. Once the time hit 2015 it was time to head back to the house for business as usual. Time to stow away our phones for next weekend, take a quick shower slip into our shorts and t-shirts and hit the rack. Another day completed. Another day down. Perpetually throughout liberty our squad leaders and Yeoman pleaded with the company to be on our best behavior for the rest of the evening and to maintain the good behavior throughout all of recruit training. Reminding us that everything we partake in is a test if the company will do the right thing even when no one is looking. A test to see if recruits will maintain proper military bearing at all times. A test to see if the company is worthy of receiving their colors. So far, according to our Lead Company Commander, we have yet to earn it. For all companies in Tracen Cape May a symbol of a company’s maturity and discipline is expressed through the privilege of carrying the Guidon bearing the company’s respective colors when marching in formation. As of now, it hangs a top the entrance to the Lead Company Commander’s office waiting to be held high and proud. For a brief time, it had almost seemed like the company earned it during our firearms training earlier in the week. Fully equipped recruits loaded their magazines with rounds and stowed them in their belt pouches. Targets ready, the recruits approached the line. At the command of the instructor recruits performed a series of safety drills and target practice to test their accuracy. If the company could gain an accuracy range higher than the now senior most company on the regiment November would receive a unique firearms pennant to accompany their colors. Desiring to prove their worthiness, November focused hard on the task at hand, deliberately taking slow controlled shots on the targets. When the evaluation was complete, our instructors reported that we might have possibly beat Mike Company with an accuracy rating of 85.56% Currently, the company awaits a complete finalization of the results since they were so close. November desperately needs a victory to build a positive reputation on base. We really need all the wins we can get. Liberty is never a guarantee by the way. It is only a privilege. One that had to be earned like everything. Too many fails, and the privileges are stripped away. Families and friends, when you write your significant other, remind them of the high stakes that are in play. Don’t let them ever forget to keep pushing through the days towards their goal.


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.