Quebec 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Quebec 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 25, 2019

Graduates: August 16, 2019

Week 06 Q-197 Entry

To start on a high note, this Saturday was a wonderful, morale filled day. The customary 60 seconds from slumber to a quick morning chow led to our Pugil Stick bout. This is a team building activity were you are training to bout with essentially giant q-tips. They allowed us to cheer and root on our shipmates. We have never seen our Company Commanders so cheerful or relaxed (with the exception of Petty Officer Lake whose military bearing is always flawless). We settled our various resentments in the ring, and it felt darn good. As recruit training has progressed frustrations build up as we are worn down to exhaustion. But today we had a chance to let it all go. In celebration of the Coast Guards Birthday which is, August 4th 1790, 229 years of service. We were event support for Coast Guard Day on base. It was filled with live music, exceptional food, kickball, volleyball, and water slides and bounce houses for kids. We were allowed to eat either ice cream cones, watermelon, or snow cones. Almost every recruit had a stomach ache by the end of the event. Quebec Company is so lucky to have been a part of so many Coast Guard celebrations and ceremonies. The change of command, graduations, Coast Guard Day, and tonight we are Sunset Parade support. Right after Coast Guard day we were free to get changed and start our on base liberty. We received our phones and we were off. Calling family, friends, loved ones, hearing your voices being reinforced by your love and support means the world to each and every recruit in Quebec. Thank you to each and every one of you. Junk food from the exchange followed by dinner at the Harbor View on base. Looking back on this week we had marksmanship, our final fitness assessment, set up our travel arrangements for our assignment orders. Since we all passed our fitness assessment we all hope our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Vercellone, will turn on coffee or desserts for us, which is a privilege that must be earned. Quebec can feel the finish line ahead, but we have to stay sharp, focused, and be a team. The more fun things we do as a company make it harder to return to recruits training. Until next week!

SR Lusk

Q-197 Historian



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.