Recruit Journal India Week: 07

Recruit Journal India 188 Week: 07
Formed: May 14, 2013
Graduate: July 3, 2013

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As we began week 07, our chow times were moved later on in the day. This allows more time for us to work out in the mornings and get ready for the day. Our schedule has been condensed due to us graduating early. We had our tropical dress blue inspection, manual of arms test and close order drill test all in one afternoon. Our company was on point and we received several pennants in one day. Being as small as we are makes all our accomplishments that much better, and 21 recruits is a very small number for a company. One of our shipmates informed us that people online thought our company was R.A.M.P because of the numbers. There is a great photo of Petty Officer Endicott marching us in our Close Order Drill test. If you see it, you will notice there aren’t very many of us.
This week has been filled with laughs and great times. Seaman Recruit Bitoni and Seaman Recruit Bridges were told to wake up the company at 0530. Well, they had the audacity to wake them up as if they were yelling like a company commander. Everyone in the squad bay was wide awake in confusion to the two of them busting in. That evening we turned in our pieces and were all excited singing cadences all the way to Goff Hall. No more sniper position or I.T. with a piece for us. We felt like we were dreaming because we were having such a good day. Our class average for our final exam was a 88%. Not quite enough to receive our academics pennant, but for only 21 heads that is a good score.
Saturday came by quick, and our off base liberty was about to commence. Before leaving the base, we were all debriefed on what we can and cannot do. We had always talked about what we were all going to do on our off base liberty. The day had come around and we were overwhelmed with the sights, smells and options. Everyone indulged in junk food and used their cell phones all day. It was beautiful to have this freedom back again. Everyone was in groups around Cape May, Rio Grande and Wildwood. Wildwood literally had thousands and thousands of people up and down the shoreline and boardwalk. The food was great and the people were friendly and curious about all the recruits. Although, it was a weird feeling being dressed in our tropical dress blue uniforms being on the beach, we all felt very comfortable in that environment. The weather was absolutely perfect, not too hot with light winds and sunshine. We had a waiter that was nice enough to charge all of our cell phones while we were sitting and eating. Everyone has been talking to friends and family all day, we miss them so much. This basic training experience has been bitter sweet and it is coming to an end. We will always remember the difficult, fun and sad times we have had. July 3rd will be here before we know it. Cape May has treated us well.
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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