November 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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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Week 07 Summary


As week 07 rolled by, the recruits are 06 days from graduation, anxiously counting down the days. Monday started the week off right with Chief Krusko’s debrief with the company. It allowed the recruits time with their lead company commander to really meet the real Chief Krusko. They heard his life story, what drove him to be in the coast guard, why he became a company commander, and had plenty of time to ask questions. It was a perfect night of relaxing and joking to distress the recruits from the past 07 weeks. Tuesday continued the positivity with the seamanship final and line handling practical. The recruits earned the seamanship pennant, scoring an overall 94% on the final. The line handling practical followed allowing them time to learn how to tie up a vessel when in port. That day ended with Chief Smith’s debrief, which was much easier since they had already experienced the relaxed environment and had time to prepare more questions. Wednesday simply continued the positivity as November stayed locked on, awkwardly trying to get used to talking to Chief Krusko and Chief Smith like non-rates instead of recruits screaming their lungs out. Really all that went down on Thursday were more line handling lessons, letting the recruits practice throwing heaving lines, and they all got their new haircuts, this time with a little fade. As Thursday rolled by, the schedule was booked. There were 03 classes, all back to back, with a small break in the middle which gave the recruits a chance to talk to their section commander, Chief Snyder and Master Chief Lawrence about their roles as chiefs. After evening chow, a practice was held for the retiring Commanding Officer, Captain Gibbons. Friday Was the second of two very busy days for November, and arguably the last hill for the company to cross. The recruits started off the morning by earning 03 more pennants for the colors, currently standing at a full sweep. The first was earned for scoring a 92% average on the final test, which is higher than average. The second, also known as the section commander pennant, was earned after taking the COD and MOA tests, Scoring a 9/10 on COD and a 10/10 on MOA. The third pennant was the lead company commander pennant, earned by proving to Chief Krusko that the company worked hard to be where they are today. The capping ceremony followed these tests, which was probably the best part of the day. It was the official switching of recruit to non-rate, as they threw their recruit hats on the ground and switched them with the new Coast Guard hats. After a little celebration, the recruits switched into their tropical dress uniforms in order to represent the regiment at Captain Gibbons’ retirement ceremony. They proudly marched onto the field, screamed the Coast Guard Ethos, and looked as professional as possibly to send off their commanding officer. The day ended with the most anticipated moment of recruit training: Petty Officer Morris’ debrief. In a good cop/bad cop situation, Petty Officer Morris was mostly viewed to be the bad cop. It was clear to see however that it has been hard for her to stay locked on for as long as she has, because as she walked into the room, the biggest grin could be seen on her face. One of the recruits even broke down laughing because he couldn’t believe it was real life. It gave them all the closure they needed, truly learning what drove her to shape us the way she did. To end week 07, the recruits happily turned their pieces in, never having to do sniper position ever again, and took the day off as they had earned their off base liberty. Week 08 is right around the corner, and it’s only a few short days before November-197 will be reunited with their families as new military personnel.


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.