Recruit Company India 188 Week: 04

Recruit Company India 188 Week: 04

Formed: May 14, 2013

Graduate: July 3, 2013


International Maritime Signal Flag

International Maritime Signal Flag India

Week 04 was definitely a memorable one for India to say the least. Each day is filled with a new challenge, which is also a new opportunity for us to prove ourselves to our Company Commanders and everyone else on this regiment. We are the smallest company here, but the passion, dedication, concentration and work ethic that we put into every mission given to us is greater than any number of recruits that you can squeeze under a roof. Hard work has given us the luxury of an ‘Evening Schedule’ beginning at 2000. If we have a good day we get to have personal time at night, which is definitely a privilege here at Training Center Cape May.

The first time we went to Goff Hall we were picking up our pieces. We thought that they were the coolest things ever until we had to start holding them out in front of us, slapping them and holding them in “Sniper Position” for, what feels like, hours at a time. Well Monday, we got to do the gun simulator. It was really cool because it all seemed like it was real life. Of course, we would rather be shooting clay discs out of the air, but shooting an unloaded gun towards a projector screen was the most excitement we have had in a solid 04 weeks. That night we were sent to the Uniform Distribution Center, where we took our individual pictures that we will receive at graduation. For the girls, it was the coolest thing ever because we were all allowed to wear makeup. Yeah, we got in trouble for not washing it off, but we actually didn’t look like little boys in our pictures.

India definitely looks forward to every other Tuesday for multiple reasons. One being that it’s another day closer to getting out of here, but also that the bus comes with the fresh new recruits to Sexton Hall. It’s crazy to think that just 04 weeks ago that was us. The company commanders turn most of their attention to the new recruits, instead of harping on every little mistake that we make throughout the day. It’s pretty nice having someone else take some of the eyes off of you whenever you are trying to eat.

On Wednesday we all took our Physical Fitness Assessment. We all did our pushups, sit-ups and our 1.5 mile run. Out of the entire company, we had no failures. Petty Officer Phillips was proud, which in turn made us proud.

Thursday was the day that we all got to fill out our Assignment Data Cards or “Dream Sheets.” It was the day that we were all looking forward to come until it actually got here. We were all sitting in a classroom staring at a map in our binder with a blank look, trying to figure out where in the world we wanted to be stationed. For India the majority of available positions were on Cutters, which was something that made some shipmates upset. That’s life though. The Coast Guards’ needs come before our wants, and that is what we had to understand.

The quote “If it aint rainin’ we aint trainin!” was in full effect today. Petty Officer Perez had us out in the rain heaving line. It was practical training, not punishment, which was awesome to hear out of his mouth especially.

As the weeks came to a close, we got to take out our many frustrations and aggressions out with pugil stick bouts. We had Petty Officer Endicott and Petty Officer Perez splitting us up and coaching each of us up to beat the other ones face in with a padded stick. It was a memorable experience. We all enjoyed releasing some built up stress.

24 more days! We are all trying to stay positive and keeping in control of our emotions! See ya’ll soon! Hoorah India-188!

Recruit Journal written by: Seaman Recruit Bailey.
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 to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.

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