November 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

“Left, left, lefty right left!”

“Left, left, lefty right left!”

The cadence of Petty Officer Baez rang out clear in the brisk December air as N-199 jogged through the streets of Cape May on the second company run.  It had been a long week for the recruits.  Seamanship taught us the art of manning the helm of a cutter, we practiced our manual of arms, but most importantly, we received the holy grail of our dreams; our orders to our first duty stations.

The week was fraught with challenges too.  We started the week as a company of “Many”, now it seems as though we are a company of “far fewer”.  Losses to injury, probation, reversion, and resignation dwindled our numbers.  Rack inspections, Company Commander pop quizzes, and long bouts of incentive training all took their toll.  But, N-199 is still here, still strong, and still running.

Each recruit felt something different as we ran along, belting out half heard lyrics.  The people of Cape May came to see us go by, waving and cheering to us.  Two lucky kids even got a fist bump from Petty Officer McPeters.  Jogging back through the gates, the company could hold their heads higher than before.  Through trial, tribulation, and loss, N-199 is steaming onwards. Graduation is soon, and we will be ready!

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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