Recruit Company India 188 Week: 05

Formed: May 14, 2013

Graduate: July 3, 2013

International Maritime Signal Flag

International Maritime Signal Flag India

09 June: Today was a pretty cool day. We had our 05 divine hours like every other Sunday. I think the coolest part of the day was our company on-base run. We got to sound off the different cadences that our company commanders were singing. It was definitely something that we will all remember. Today’s run was just a trial run for our off-base run next weekend. There are so many things to look forward to this coming week; all being stepping stones towards our graduation.

10 June: The morning fog was thicker than usual. You could barely see across the parade field. The mist was almost rain, and week 05 is commenced in a dreary way. We were the first company to hit the galley. Everyone is on edge knowing our uniform inspection is today, but the show must go on. Our first attempt at raising the colors for Training Center Cape May went really well, led by our very own Seaman Recruit Knight. We attended a class about different nautical flags and pennants followed by a Seamanship course on communications. After dinner we had an intense bike workout, and we all must have pedaled over 25 miles in a little over an hour. We then fell out and prepared for evening colors; Again another dynamite performance for India-188 led by Seaman Recruit Rolland. Overall, an excellent day. We can’t wait for the exciting curriculum for this week.

11 June: We all woke up to an excellent sunrise, and prepared for chow as usual. Chief Fredrickson was running the show this morning. The colors did their thing as usual with a line up consisting of our shipmates who are in Ceremonial. Our other shipmates were getting their graduation threads and visited the tailor. We did a workout on the track, a run and circuit training. After the workout we were instructed to get showered and dressed, lined up and ready to step off for chow. The male head had a sign saying “Closed for Cleaning Services.” A female civilian was inside cleaning. We did not know what to do, so we found Chief Fredrickson, and he basically had us get dressed in 06 minutes. Half of our company did not make the near impossible time objective. Everyone was on edge knowing that we were in trouble, and a bad vibe lingered over us all day. We had another Seamanship course over signal devices, and tomorrow we will take our midterm over the material we learned so far. Our evening routines are usually the same. 07 of us split for Ceremonial, 04-06 have Work Detail and 06 have Colors. We got jacked up for our previous mistakes, but that is all behind us. Tomorrow we will be midway through week 05…Wish us luck!

12 June: Another eventful day has passed. Our mornings go by extremely fast. Today we had our Boat Crew class with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. After our class, we had an intense bike workout with Petty Officer Phillips. After lunch the company headed to Goff Hall to take our Seamanship midterm. Our company of 23 averaged a 91% on the mid-term exam. Despite the exhaustion and sleep deprivation we all managed to do really well. The one thing on everyone’s mind is where we are going to be stationed. We are all excited and scared at the same time. Tomorrow our company is donating blood. I think everyone is excited that we will be saving lives, but also that we get a package of cookies as well. It’s going to be good to spend an hour or so away from the crazy life of a recruit. Today we lost a shipmate and gained one not too long after. It is very sad to have lost a friend, but we know that they will benefit from the extra training. Keep us all in your prayers. India-188 is very small, and would hate to lose another shipmate.

13 June: Today was the day that all of us had been waiting for. It was a pretty amazing sight to see everyone’s expressions when they received their first orders. India-188 will be spread out all across the country, from Alaska to Florida, and sea to shining sea! After our orders were given to us, we had a brief 05 minutes to call a loved one and let them know the news. It was amazing hearing a voice on the other line… it was amazing to have a phone to our ears. Tomorrow the Battalion Commander comes to inspect our uniforms. We are all on edge, and the nerves are shaking. Knowing that it is possible to get reverted on the spot has us all losing our minds.

14 June: We woke up to a cold morning and rainy skies. This does not feel like summer at all. The dreary weather added to our anxiety as we were preparing for our uniform inspections. It was honestly pretty shocking that we all did as well as we did. Afterwards, a score of Senior and Master Chief Petty Officers enlightened us in small groups of all the amazing things about the Coast Guard. They all had great information and shared a lot of memorable moments in their lives with each of us. After all of that was said and done, we attended a class to help us plan out our travel arrangements. We studied, cleaned, laughed and bonded. Today was very humbling for us all. We passed our inspection and we are basically 06 recruits. This is a mile stone we have all been waiting to reach. All that is on our minds is basic training. As of now, this is all we know. What we are encountering every day is a mild speed bump on the road of our bright career. We are thankful for each other, and are truly proud of what we have and can accomplish.

15 June: As we bring week 05 to a close, every one of us are trying to calm our nerves and get a good night’s rest. It is hard to not lose our military bearing when we are arranging our travel plans. Honestly, we have to graduate before we get on any airplane. Today was another milestone for us. We all participated in the crazy, scary, intimidating crap ton of bars, ropes, wood and tire flakes known as the Confidence Course. As we made our way to the scene our eyes were locked on one thing and one thing only. On the very top of the rope climb were our Colors, the India flag that we could possibly walk around with. The only thing standing in our way from looking awesome around the regiment were these huge ropes. Everyone gave it 100%, and we all got to lower them down and scream at the top of our lungs. We are no longer a junior company on the regiment, and it is beginning to be noticed. Every day we learn something new, and better ourselves in our work ethic. I am so proud to have shipmates who know to never give up on themselves or others. It makes it that much more of an honor to be a part of India-188.

Recruit Journal by Seaman Recruit Bailey B.M. and Seaman Recruit Bitoni C.A

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.