November 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag November

Formed: March 03, 2020
Graduates: April 24, 2020

This week a lot happened for N-198. We are officially at the half way point here at TRACEN Cape May. The week started off pretty badly. We failed our close order drill test in front of our Section Commander, Chief Knapp. It was incredibly embarrassing. We also took out individual photos on Monday, Which are the pictures our families will want. The only problem is that a lot of us look like trash on account of not having time to do much of anything that isn’t sweating.  We also were shown how to use firefighting gear. All of which was heavy, hard to breath in, and suffocating. The galley started to be self-serve this day as well. March 24 was the day November said goodbye to galley food and the wonderful staff. This was also the day that Petty Officer Haro had us all hold out the definition of “Discipline” and scream it over and over and over again. She’s really big into self-discipline. Wednesday saw a lot of action as well. We were taught about the types of housing we would have as non-rates, and were given a ton of helpful information about living on a cutter. The Chaplain could not make it for his meeting with the company so of course Petty Officer Sanchez did not let that extra time go to waste. He made sure to make us sweat.

November also turned in our assignments, and incredibly exciting experience. We all got to put down where we want to go as Non-rates, which is a crazy thought this far into boot camp. When you’re here in the environment, time goes by real slow and seems like you’ve been here forever. The thought that you might make it through is actually an exciting one. The day did end on a sour note, though we had rack inspections, and a ton of people were put on probation, or rephrased; it was such a stressful experience. Thursday we did firefighting. We put on heavy fire-proof jumpsuits, thick rubber boots, a protective face cover (almost like a ski mask), and a helmet. We crouched down alongside a firehose, switching between holding down the hose and spraying a simulation fire. We were there long enough for our legs to start cramping up, and by the time we finished, we were all soaked through with sweat and water from the fire hose.

Friday, November got their official military ID cards, which felt very good to get. We took our midterm that day as well and everyone passed except for 3 which they made up and passed the following day. We also have a uniform inspection on Monday. We are all very worried about it, you can get rephrased on the spot if it goes that badly. Saturday, a whole lot of sweating happened, I think we may have sweat a good four or five times. Mostly with our pieces. But some with our rucksacks. Today, individuals were also punished compared to the group. A few people sweated on the quarterdeck for the rest of the time, while the rest of the company was on evening routine. This week was a big change for November. Thank you to all the love and support from the friends and families back at home. Until next 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.

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