November 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

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November Company has been through a lot this week. We’ve learned the very basics of everything. From marching, to talking properly, to just how to be loud. We sweat the entire time. Something we have quickly learned is that mistakes are taken very seriously, and if one person messes up then we all do. For example, if the whole company is told be somewhere and one person comes around the corner, late; everyone sweats for it. The classic example is holding a water bottle over your head for what seems like an hour.

We gained and lost people this week as well. While still more joined into the company from other earlier ones. Our classes have been a variety of topics from interpersonal relationships to how to properly salute. A lot of us are tired enough that we go stand up in the back of the classroom to prevent from falling asleep.

A good portion of the classes are taught by our Company Commanders. It’s a weird feeling to see someone who was just yelling in your face making your do pushups for having your shoelaces untucked; to teaching in front of a classroom.

As a whole this week was mostly an adjustment period into TRACEN Cape May. Lots of habits were made this week and lots were broken. We are no longer allowed to let eyes wander. We have to keep our “Eyes” in the boat. This means eyes forward at all times, and was so important to the Company Commanders that all of November Company stood shoulder to shoulder and screamed “Eyes in the Boat” for what seemed an eternity.

Making habits for the galley has been one of the hardest. What should feel like a relaxing time is when you get screamed at the most. We square our meals to our faces and don’t touch the back of the chair. But overall we have come so far from where we all were just a week ago, and will continue to learn and sweat the whole time.

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon
Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program .

To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp *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. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog
Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program
To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp *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. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889

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