Quebec 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Quebec 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 25, 2019

Graduates: August 16, 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


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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Quebec-197 week 02 entry

Quebec-197 Company was born the night we arrived on the bus, the air filled with nervous expectation as we studied and chatted. As the bus drew closer to the front steps of Sexton Hall. We saw our welcome party, and then the bus stopped. The new recruits of Quebec-197 were deathly still as our first roar of orders shocked us out of our seats. Our orientation had begun, and we realized that we had a long way to go to get to graduation, but we knew and know that ounce our transformation is complete, we will be better than we ever thought possible. Seeing Captain Gibbons and our new company commanders was a momentous occasion and we all were eager to make a good impression-something we have yet to learn. Monday began our week 02, with the option to go to chapel during divine hours. Most of us stayed at James Hall to get our racks squared away and to write letters to family. The classes began on Monday, covering introductory material we need to be aware of throughout our careers, resources for our lives in the fleet and how we use those make our families stronger. Emphasis was placed on the work-life balance we all require to stay successful and happy. When the Fourth of July came, the only fireworks we got was “Fire, Fire, Fire” the words that mean we are going outside to do incentive training. The only celebratory instance was during chow (breakfast/lunch/dinner) which is always delicious and that is not an exaggeration! The efforts of Quebec-197 are yet to be deemed worthy, as I said we have a long way to go- but as we learn more from classes, yes, but also our company commanders teach us the value of integrity, discipline and honesty, they continually test us to see if we have what it takes to do what we need to be done. Our lead company commander takes great care to teach us what we need to know. Ironing and blousing straps for example. One of our Assistant Company Commanders, Petty Officer Lake’s, favorite word is “Yuck!” As we attempt close order drill and don’t quite hit the mark. Quebec company is still figuring things out: how and when to speak and act, how to align each person’s values with those of the Coast Guard. This is no easy task! The fact that we will save lives soon after graduation, potentially, puts more motivation behind our duties, and one day at a time we try to rise to this challenge of becoming all that we can be.

SR Bulan & SR Lusk


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.