Quebec 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Quebec 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 18, 2018

Graduates: Nov 9, 2018


Week 05 Summary

As search and rescue week, or search and revert week as known by recruits, comes to a close, Quebec has had its share of ups and downs. We’ve had shipmates reverted, some just up and quite, new recruits come in from PAPA Company, and others by RAMP and Probation. We crushed our inspection and received orders, and just days later got beat for five hours for taking the “week 5 dive”: the drop in performance due to complacency after receiving orders, and false sense of security.

It has been a very busy week, but the further we get in training the faster each week seems. It feels like just yesterday we were scrambling to be inspection ready. But all in all, this was less hand on learning, and more information about the Coast Guard, our benefits, financial responsibility, and methods of travel from Cape May to our new station.

We did get to meet our mentor, Commander Merchant, for the second time this week, she is a very nice, informational person with great advice. The two big things she wants us to focus on are graduating boot camp, and making a good first impression at our first port. Both of those tasks can and will be accomplished if we have a “standard of excellence”. To graduate, and even thrive in the Coast Guard, we must work as a team paying attention to the small details and making sure we give our all.

Going forth, Quebec has shown a lot of excitement for our fire arms training week six, and having the opportunity to research our new orders and talk to the sponsors at our new units.

Some are nervous for the physical training assessment, other are dreading our third round of shots. Meal by meal, we get closer to the end goal, and I know that is something everyone is looking forward too.




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.