November 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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November 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 04, 2019

Graduates: July 26, 2019


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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Friends and family of N-197,

November-197 is a band of misfits; a band of individuals so different and so diverse. So, so beaten. We forgot to stencil our buttocks so now another company might be wearing them. Don’t tell our company commanders we lost them! This week a shipmate asked if we had afternoon chow at 1600. There is no concept of time here; it’s a dog eat dog world. The only things going through our minds is “why am I here?” and our required knowledge. It’s the end of week 02 now and November Company is stressed! We have a lot to learn to be successful next week. There’s been some fun though. One of our shipmates tried to dunk a basketball like Michael Jordon. He ended up performing like Shaq shooting a free throw. A Petty Officer saw him do it…we felt pain that day! We feel pain every day! Our company commanders are pretty crazy, props to the Coast Guard for breaking them out of jail. Our lead company commander’s name is Chief Krusko. The only thing shinier than his boots is his bald head. He’s taught us some stuff, but most of the time he gets so mad his face looks like a fire truck. And then he sweats us all day! Our other two company commanders’ are Chief Smith and Petty Officer Morris. Every time we see them walk into the squad bays we know that we have a long day ahead of us! We didn’t think that our bodies could produce this much sweat in a single day, but the two of them make it happen daily!! The food is great here. Who would’ve thought the only ones not yelling at us would be the sweet galley staff. The fun part is what happens after the food. Try getting 70 grown men through 5 stalls in 10 minutes. Enough gas is produced in those 10 minutes to prove global warming. Our sweat during week 02 hopefully doesn’t carry too far into week 03. It’s about the time we start getting our stuff down pack and learning! November-197 is definitely a tough cookie to crack for our Lead company commander, but we should be better in week 03. From the early morning sweat sessions to the late night sweat sessions, hopefully will help turn on a light bulb in our heads and we get the ship rolling. We got potential to be one of the best companies, we just can’t walk straight for 5 minutes. It will all turn around in week 03 though…..we hope….


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.