Quebec 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Quebec 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 18, 2018

Graduates: Nov 9, 2018


And just like that, week four comes and goes. I has been an important, informative, and overall motivating week for the recruits of Quebec-196. This company has really started to form into a cohesive unit. Today was a testament to that. We woke up Saturday with an almost completely clear schedule. To be frank, that scared most of us. In past weeks, empty slots meant sweating. Today, if you can believe it, we met time objectives, supported one another, and sounded off loud. It turns out, that is a recipe for personal improvement time and enjoyable training. Believe it or not, most of us only sweated twice today! But that improvement, in reality, is directly caused by us finally realizing what the company commanders have been saying and actually following their advice. One of our favorite lessons this week happened to be a marching practice led by Petty Officer Hernandez. When he asked the company how they should march, one of the recruits gave a textbook, “With purpose” answer. After nodding his head and saying “yes”, he continued, “But like you want to won this regiment! Like someone just pummeled your dog into the ocean and now you need to go take your revenge!” That statement really got us marching with purpose.

Then again, some of us are still figuring out how to keep ourselves together. After being almost a week late in getting an identification card, one recruit had to own up to Petty Officer Madrid that he still did not have one. After a brief pause, Petty Officer Madrid asked the recruit, “Do you know what that will mean?” The recruit hesitated and asked, “Reversion?” Petty Officer Madrid just smiled and said “Mmmm, Delicious.” We were not allowed to laugh in the galley, but it quickly became a standard response in recruit communications.   Mmmm, Delicious!


We have done a lot, gained many new members, worked hard, and today really showed that we are becoming a team. We will all use our divine hours to prepare for our huge week five inspections with the determination that those that make it past will make one of the finest companies Cape May has seen!


  • John Kryl


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.