November 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag November

So week 05 started off with an interesting new twist. Our goal every morning was to wake up, do a quick roll call, and race across the base to the galley in less than 15 minutes. It sounds hard, but in all reality it would be super simple if we did not also have to change into our operational dress uniforms, make our racks, and keep in mind there is 89 of us that have to get over to the galley. COVID-19 also affected our training further by pushing us to use only one class room for the Company.

On Tuesday we got our dress uniforms, and it felt great to see what we were going to graduate in. Wednesday was amazing! We found out that we are graduating early by a whole week. The down side of this is that a ton of incredible classes were taken out to make sure we manage to have all our required classes. We also go to speak to our families for 05 minutes to explain, and after so long not hearing the voice of someone you love, which just made the whole week.

We also received our orders this week, but what is crazy is that we were holding our pieces in sniper position when we found out we were going to get them. Most of us thought we were going to stay like that the whole time while our Company Commanders went through the list of all the places everyone was going. We did not though, so that was great. What made it just that much better is the precious minutes we were given to call home and talk to our loved ones.

Saturday was incredible! November-198 got our colors. It is hard to describe what an amazing experience it was to get the Company flag (now named Calypso). Petty Officer Duran took us out to the memorial and told us that we were taking the places of those individuals who had their names on the stone. He told us we were ready and asked us “Do you want it?! Go get it!” November ran to our flag, all of us cheering, screaming, and crying because we had done it and we were ready. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. We are all going to go out into the world as Coast Guard men and women and be our very best!

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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