Quebec 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Quebec 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 18, 2018

Graduates: Nov 9, 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


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Failure… A whole week of it. Time objectives failed. Our volume, wild and inconsistent. Performance tracker’s with comments from all of our Company Commanders. Throats are sore and even muscles we didn’t know that we had. This, week 01 as it draws to an exhaustive long end leaves many recruits blind to the fact that in a mere 10 days they’ve changed more than they could ever imagine.  The path thru recruit training is far from a kind and easy one but anything worth doing is never easy. One thing all of us 100+ recruits know for certain is that we have been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Between the classes that take up the better part of the day we are constantly tested and confronted on our knowledge of other aspects of recruit training. We have received many speeches from decorated Coast Guard personnel. An established rhythm of the day pulls us all along. Quebec companies routine goes somewhat like this, wake up, sweat, eat, sweat, class, sweat or what or Company Commanders call it incentive training aka “we didn’t make them happy”. In between all that we have classes and time allotted for squad bay maintenance. It’s the foolish few that decided to volunteer for a company job that get to see Cape May for something a little better despite the increased stress. Our tireless Yeoman work after hours to keep paperwork moving smoothly and any mistakes a recruit makes thoroughly document. They are the heart of the slow and wallowing newborn “coastie” babies that make up Quebec 196. In addition to our Yeoman our fearless Watch Coordinators wake up early and rest late to keep hourly watches that patrol and protecting our halls 24/7. Our exposure to real Coast Guard increases every day as we have practical classes like the survival float and talk to instructors about military codes or establishing most direct point of contact. More on the survival float, our Gym Instructor had us don real cold weather “Mustang” suits made of thick pieces of tightly woven fabric in layers to keep us warm. We then jumped into a chilly pool and floated in the “Help” position for a while, it was a welcomed break/ state of relaxation. For our weeks final treat we had… more incentive training. The real highlight was meeting our mentor Commander Merchant an officer and the Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Chicago who took the very same steps we all are back in 1997. Commander Merchant was like some of us when she joined the Coast Guard, on nothing more than a whim and persuasive recruiter. During our meeting with her she allowed us to take a break and ordered us to loosen up and to stretch out anything that was sore. Her role as a mentor will be irreplaceable as we continue to progress thru recruit training. Her encouraging words and the fact that she started where we are is a big motivator to us all. We can only improve in these coming weeks and we are ready to take on the challenge. Good luck to us all.




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.