November 199 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag November

Formed: November 03, 2020
Graduates:  December 23, 2020

The mental strain is definitely starting to show for November company. We faced our first full week in company and we officially understand why boot camp is known to be HARD. We got a warm welcome to the week that began with the swim test. We were not ready for that scared feeling that we all felt when we stepped off that platform and into the water; a feeling that would stay with us throughout the rest of the week here. The anxiety, the nerves. After swimming 100 meters and treading water for 05 minutes, we were all exhausted, but guess who wasn’t? Our company commanders. They were primed and ready to bring the heat shortly after. Especially Petty Officer Mcpeters, who like a bullshark… can smell blood in the water.

Here’s an interesting tidbit; N-199 learned that over 70 recruits could get out of a 2 story building in under 120 seconds! “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE”! A phrase that our company commanders seem to love to say…. but we surely all hate to hear. Once spoken, we must all rush out the building, knowing we are going to sweat. But not from any fire INSIDE the building, but from the heat that our company commanders will bring from an “Incentive training” session.; In other words… lots of pain for us.

On Thanksgiving we did get a much needed break. Our company commanders had to stand by and watch as we made teary eyed phone calls to our loved ones. We also had an opportunity to go on a run. Our lead company commander, Petty Officer Baez, sang cadence to us (which he reminded us we did NOT deserve at this point in training) but it was nice never the less. Petty office Baez screamed pieces of the song AT us and we responded in turn, while the residents of Cape May clapped and cheered. It was a needed reminder of why, and for who, we joined for in the first place.

In summary… one week down…. SOOOO many more to go!

-The exhausted recruits from N-199

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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