Quebec 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Quebec 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Sep 18, 2018

Graduates: Nov 9, 2018


This message seems to repeat too often, but it was a roller coaster of a week. We prove ourselves and earned our colors, but it was not without loss. If my counting is correct, we lost 10 shipmates on our journey this week. Poor choices bad attitudes slipping through the cracks and folding under fear are all traits not tolerated in the Coast Guard and certainly not Quebec 196. To someone on the outside these standards might sound harsh. But it is in the moment of most need that one must be able to trust in their shipmate or  rescuer and know beyond a doubt that they will have what it takes to complete the task assigned to them. As a company we are capable of displaying our dominance on the regiment but we have let success defeat us before. Our complacency after receiving orders and passing the battalion commander inspection led to sloppy conduct in the squadbays and embarrassment  before other companies. We have been publicly questioned by Master Chief Wadley, had our guidon broken down right in front of the Galley, and then lost all of our privileges earned through blood sweat and tears. With all of that being said, we have learned a lot of lessons this week. Our performance has been top notch through events like off-base fire arms training, and on base liberty, and with each positive occurrence, we are granted more leniency via individual time for squad bay, rack and uniform maintenance. Our challenge moving forward, will again be to maintain military bearing, even after our first night off in 06 weeks and to remember that these last 02 weeks of training will require just as much self-restraint, attention to detail and motivation for those recruits that still wish to graduate on November 9, 2018. With more classes focused on the transition to our first unit in the Coast Guard, it is easy to forget that we have 02 weeks left. But make no mistake, if we do forget our company commanders will be quick to remind us swiftly and harshly.


SR 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.