November 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

Well, week 03 has come to an end and we are rolling into week 04. This is when things are supposed to get more interesting. We have gone over a lot of the basics and now we are about to get into more hands on type stuff. For example, tomorrow we start the basics of fire suppression.

My apologies. I am sure you are here to read about what we have done and not about what we are going to do. So let me take you back in time.

Sunday morning we were woken up by our Section Commander, Chief Knapp. He was kind enough to send us outside to “Work Out,” because we got up to slowly. I also want to add that there was a lot of ice on the ground and we were wearing basketball shorts and a t-shirt. IT WAS NOT FUN!

Our Assistant Company Commander, Petty Officer Sanchez, told us that we are not even worthy of the uniform and then Chief Knapp said that we are failing as a company. I think it is good that they said those things because we have definitely improved. Lately we have at least gotten much louder for sure.

OH HEY! I do want to mention a quick miracle that happened today. Petty Officer Sanchez, the Company Commander we are most scared of, laughed and let us laugh with him today. Obviously he yelled at us to shut up afterwards because some people got carried away. But he did make a joke about him dipping as soon as we graduate and he let us laugh. So needless to say, that lifted our spirits.

Learning about the Corona Virus has been crazy too. What makes it worse is the fact that we have zero contact with the outside world besides letters and what our chain of command says. Honestly, I am not too worried about it because it is out of my control, but some of my shipmates are.

I guess I will wrap it up with the fact that most of us seem to be doing well. We have been improving a lot. With that, wish us the best and keep us in your prayers.

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.

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