Quebec 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

As a Company we entered week five with confidence. We were becoming a Senior Company on the Regiment just behind Papa-198. And just behind us was Romeo-198, they watch us and look up to us, which means we have to perform at an even higher standard.

Our week began with studying and training. We had our final exam coming up soon and other big events, such as, Outdoor Graduation, our Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms Test. We marched down to Goff Hall for Marksmanship training to learn safety rules and practice with dummy rounds, which lead us going to the range, with real bullets. Some of us were better than others, but we all met the standard. The instructor awarded us with our Marksmanship Pennant. We now have a handful of Pennants flying proudly alongside our Quebec Colors.

Papa-198 graduated, meaning we are next. This week we prepared to enter the last week of boot camp, we officially signed orders, confirmed travel, trained on dress uniforms and earned our new ball cover, completed with Coast Guard Insignia. Now that we are the Senior Company our Colors fly proudly on the flagpole for all to see, we have never been louder or prouder. This week, we are thankful for all the sweat sessions from our Company Commanders, because our bodies were put to the test for our Final Physical Fitness Assessment. Shortly after we all passed our fitness test and our weigh-ins, our Lead Company Commander gave us the green light on desserts!!!

While most of the week was calm and pain free, one morning was probably our worst hands down. One mistake after another lead to what felt like ten hours of sweat. Sweat, head and water break, more sweat, but there was no end in sight. Many of us were pushed to our limits before noon. We were reminded that training was not over and this week we had to perform at an even higher standard and carry this motivation not only to graduation, but into the fleet. Fortunately, at the end of the week, we got to debrief with our Company Commanders. Each night one Company Commander would sit down with us to simply talk as human beings. We were free to ask questions, give feedback, smile, and even laugh a little. It is clear each of our Company Commanders have a style and approach to Recruit Training. Petty Officer Spence focused on military bearing and self-discipline. Petty Officer Vercellone challenged us daily with required knowledge and to find our motivation. Petty Officer Grant, our Lead, focused on getting us to the overall standard of Recruit Training in order to serve well and proud in the fleet. Each of our Company Commanders explained the reasons and the purpose of training.  Although, the main purpose to debrief was for advice out in the fleet and their experiences in the Coast Guard. Training is a little easier now knowing they want to see each of us through.

Our week ended with on base liberty. We got to spend over seven hours without our Company Commanders, cell phone in hand, and even treated ourselves to a little junk food. We each took over tables spreading out our snacks and called loves ones. Our blood sugar was spiked and we could smile at our families over FaceTime. We were are less than a week away from graduation. For many of us, this liberty was motivation. We had worked so hard to get to this point. We need to finish strong and make our loved ones proud. We will be thinking of you and all the best wishes and I love you’s on graduation day!

Historian SR Kirby

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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