November 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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November 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 04, 2019

Graduates: July 26, 2019




Friends and family of N-197,

As week 04 comes to a close, let’s look back on some of our favorite (cheerful) events, day-by-day. Monday started the week in a professional manner, as all the recruits got their official photos taken. It gave everyone a nice little ego boost, seeing themselves in dress bravos. Tuesday was routine for November Company, with a lot on the schedule. The best part about Tuesday was the intro to fire firefighting. For the first time in a long time, recruits were excited for class. On Wednesday the recruits of N-197 went onto do their “dream sheets”, which is the nickname for their e-resume, or their choice of district or units where they want to be placed in the Coast Guard. Chief Krusko delivered a speech about his travels and urged all of us to go and see the world. For us to go somewhere new and start our own careers and start to make memories of our own. Needless to say the recruits took it to heart and one recruit even put that he wanted to hop on the USCGC Polar Star! Thursday rolled in and the recruits stepped off to Goff Hall, where their firefighting practical would take place (these are computerized simulated fires). As the recruits donned their heat resistant suits and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), the simulated stress begins to feel real and more like an actual fire. 05 to be dressed and ready, linked up and manning fire hoses, and we barge into a room filled with smoke. It’s so thick that you can barely see your own hand right in front of your face. It makes you feel happy to know it’s only a simulation! Friday had brought an enormous advancement in our training. N-197 took their mid-term exam, and not only did NO ONE fail, but our average score was a 97%! Chief Krusko said that was the highest average that he has ever seen! Throwing even more positivity on top of that, Chief Krusko granted coffee and hot chocolate!! Everything is earned here. We lost a few more shipmates during the week, but those left are determined to make it till the end. On Saturday, nothing was scheduled so the recruits saw a more hands-on training, but the good thing is those who want to be here and graduate with N-197 learn from their mistakes and the mistakes of others. This makes us stronger as a company! To gradually see the transformation from quiet individuals to a loud and proud company is awe-inspiring.

“Move fast, and be loud November”-Chief Culinary Specialist Krusko.

This is the end of week 04, see you guys in week 05!


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.