Quebec 198 Recruit Journal Weeks 02 – 04

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Formed: April 28, 2020
Graduates: June 19, 2020

On any regular recruit bus ride to TRACEN Cape May, palms are sweating and hearts are racing. Coming from a long travel day, all the recruits are still pumped wide awake with adrenaline; Quebec-198 was now headed into the best life decision they had ever made. Sitting in silence on the ride, all recruits are savoring the last few minutes of silence they’ll have for the next eight long training weeks.

Expecting yelling, screaming, haircuts, rushed unpacking; we all (thought) what we were headed into. The bus pulled up, a Company Commander boarded the bus as we all braced for impact. However, we did not hear yelling, there was no screaming, we were calmly told to step off the bus. We were then led into squad bays that had tape on the floor spacing out six feet between each rack, the quarantine began.

During the next two weeks we had our temperatures checked in the morning and evening, trapped in our spaces. However, we all started to learn required knowledge that would help us when we approach the “real deal” Coast Guard boot camp. The days were long but the weeks flew by fast, we were now ready and all cleared as healthy to start forming before we met our new Company Commanders.

Forming started how we expected it to, we were all shaking in our go fasters (shoes) at the change of pace. The yelling and training had now set off, and we got a new and improved view of training at Cape May. The week was rough, our new Company Commanders started to whip us into shape both mentally and physically.

We have already learned from one of our Assistant Company Commanders that details are very important to attend to while working in saving lives. We have learned the phrase “Train or Pain” from our other Assistant Company Commander. We have learned many new skills and knowledge from our Lead Company Commander, such as meeting time objectives, marching, required knowledge, in addition to learning those we continue to keep relearning one very important variable to our training; when we play games and don’t act like we are supposed to, our Company Commanders always have more games to correct or deficiencies and behaviors.

Looking towards future weeks, all of us recruits are being optimistic about the next day ahead, leaping toward June 19th one galley meal at a time. Until then we have so much to learn, so many new tasks at hand, and we are in need of so much more speed and self-discipline. Forming as a unit and team is a key element that is still being developed, however, we are all positive that we can get there.

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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