Quebec 196 Recruit Journal Week 7

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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


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

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*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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Week 07 Summary


Quebec has finally proven that we are worthy of the title: Senior Company. Just as Petty Officer Madrid demanded of us, Quebec has displayed its dominance on the parade field for all other companies to see. Our hearts swelled with pride this week as we turned in our pieces, traded our “RECRUIT” ball covers for the covers worn by permanent party members, and literally sweat to raise our colors high above the regiment for all at TRACEN Cape May to see. We have had debrief sessions with the Battalion Commander, our Section Commander, and 04 of our company commanders during which we were able to ask personal questions, inquire about training rules, share favorite stories and even give feedback about their training styles and methods. We watched the bloodiest first-aid videos you could imagine (complete with fake guts and severed limbs), took both the seamanship and overall final (which everyone passed), signed our orders and passed our close order drill/manual of arms test. Unfortunately we got rained out of the confidence course yet again, but with pressed uniforms, Coast Guard covers, and new-fresh-haircuts, Quebec is walking tall with shoulders back and a cadence that can be heard from across the regiment.

While company commanders are still quick to correct the slightest wrong, they have also shown us that we have earned their respect through the more common, quick witted joke, and tasks that don’t actually have specific time objectives!

As we move onto the long anticipated final week of training, Quebec looks forward to squaring away our travel plans and change of duties. We are not excited for yet another round of shots (you know, worldwide deployable and all), but know that if we keep on track and retain military bearing, we will enjoy a pizza party with our beloved mentor Commander Merchant. As we march around the regiment this week, we were told that company commanders might leave us alone, and even more unfathomable, might actually return a greeting! One thing is for sure though, for these 06 remaining days, each recruit will have their eyes set on graduation, their minds set on life after boot camp, and their hearts set on seeing their loved ones again on graduation day.


  • 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.