November 198 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag November

Formed: March 03, 2020
Graduates: April 15, 2020

 This week was November’s last here at TRACEN Cape May. We graduate this Wednesday, which is a crazy thought. We have all been through this insane experience together, and it really changes you. A single week of recruit training can completely transform a person, depending on what happens and it’s safe to say that has happened to plenty of us here.

We started the week with our company commanders completing their debriefs with us individually. Petty Officer Duran went first as he is the lead company commander. He took off his cover and spoke to us like a normal person. He told us a lot of really interesting information having to do with cutter life, being an MK, and just maintaining a relationship when underway. He also helpfully informed us that about 1/3 of us would have been in RAMP and another 1/3 would have been on probation if things had gone normally, which was very reassuring.

We also found out that we would not be receiving coins, company rings or on-base liberty, which was incredibly disappointing. It was especially bad considering all the activities that were cancelled due to our schedule being taken down to the mandatory classes only.

We were also given the ability to be able to speak at a low volume while in the galley eating our meals. It’s amazing how good it feels to be able to do something small like speak to the person next to you when you haven’t been able to for what seems like an eternity.
Petty Officer Haro’s debrief was equally entertaining. She gave us advice about the fleet, also having a family, and how her favorite moment from November Company was when a recruit started to cry after she took his piece from him because he knew he would have to sweat to get it back.

We are now spread out between 08 squad bays over 02 decks. The day ended even worse with the announcement that the Battalion Commander’s inspection was on Wednesday. We crushed our close order drill and manual of arms test. An almost perfect score for bother and for week 6 that’s not too shabby. November also got to move from James Hall to Healy. On the bright side our CCs managed to work with their superiors to pull together a modified on base liberty for Saturday. So we at least had that to look forward to.
On Thursday we got our debrief from PO Sanchez. He told us some amazing stories of his experiences and saving lives. We shared how much we appreciated his energy and training. He definitely likes it!

Friday was a disaster. There’s no other way to put it. November failed the Battalion Commander inspection on account of missed required knowledge and some people not shaving. We lost our cadences, colors, our on base liberty; everything that we had earned. It was awful. We ended up sweating until almost taps.
Saturday started off even worse. We continued our sweat session from the day prior starting after morning chow and ending at noon chow. It was terrible. We paid dearly for yesterday. On the upside, we must have sweat enough because we ended up with our on base liberty that evening after our final exam. Four hours of phones, junk food and talking to shipmates almost made up for the morning’s events.
All in all, November is ready to get out of here.

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
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