November 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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November 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 04, 2019

Graduates: July 26, 2019



Friends and family of N-197,

Week 05 had its ups and downs. Monday consisted mostly of CWO3 Haney teaching November Company classes with his soothing attitude and a mixture of comedy. Monday was also the highly anticipated battalion inspection, which many of the recruits were nervous about. Unfortunately, November Company lost 01 recruit to Oscar Company due to a poorly ironed uniform, and upon further inspection a poorly made rack. Other than that, only 03 other recruits were sent on probation to better themselves, and all three passed probation. Tuesday gave November Company another little taste of pride as they were all issued their dress uniforms. Everyone left the uniform distribution center with a large grin on their faces. Wednesday was more of a classroom work day. Recruits were just given more time to navigate the computers and learn more required knowledge. A financial management class followed, which actually helped the recruits considering they don’t teach that stuff in high school. Thursday was a day spent at the gym. They had another swim circuit, learning how to do a survival float, and float in groups in case of an emergency. The whole day was surrounded by America’s birthday, giving every person on the regiment a sense of pride. Friday followed with more classroom work and learning a deeper sense of communication, the phonetic alphabet, and communicating on the radio. Finally, Saturday seemed to be a personal work day for November Company. They were granted plenty of time to work on shining their boots and dress shoes for having good behavior the whole day. They also got another chance to speak with their company mentor, Lieutenant Cintron, and ask more questions about the general life of the Coast Guard. As the Recruits of November 197 close out week 05, they have really learned what it means to be a team, and will keep moving forward in week 06.


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.