India-189:Recruit Journal Week 06

India-189 Recruit Journal: Week 06
Formed: Jan. 7, 2014
Graduates: Feb. 28, 2014

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Week 06 began with two more reversions at midday chow. The loss of our shipmates made India 189 remember that although the end is in sight, this week is not the time to let our priorities – and our standards – slip.

Fortunately for India-189, a little relief in the form of sleep is helping to keep shipmates sharp. With only one hall to keep watch in, many shipmates are getting their first full nights of sleep that they’ve had in weeks, and many are enjoying the sweet 07 ½ hours.

Week 06 brought one of India-189’s most anticipated classes: our firefighting practical, in which our teamwork was pushed and proven. When they say the people you go to boot camp with will end up being some of your best friends, they weren’t kidding. Some people in a company will be there for you through the ups and downs of training even when you’re not close, or haven’t spent a lot of time together. This is a family, a large one, but at the moment, it’s the only one we have. We wake up thankful for each other as we motivate each other to keep locked on for the fleet.

Staying locked on is India-189’s biggest priority this week, as thoughts of home begin to cloud minds that still need to stay sharp to make it to graduation on time. Every letter with news from home brings back memories and fuels anticipation to see loved ones again, and while thoughts of family can motivate, they can also distract. Equally motivating and distracting are thoughts of the fleet, as India-189 contacted their units to get everything situated for life outside Cape May. As we hear a lot, “the light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger.”

As that light grows, India-189 is starting to realize the purpose of all the little details we are driven to attend every day. Attention to detail is one of the most important lessons we will learn in recruit training, since the success of the fleet can depend on our attentiveness and focus. Recruit training beats this attention to detail into us, but after 06 weeks of blood, sweat, and tears, it is becoming second nature to do the right thing, in the right order, to the letter. Every spare moment is spent squaring everything away to meet perfection (or close to it). India-189 strives to start every day with our left foot first out of the rack – the military version of waking up on the right side of the bed.

With our dress uniforms fitted and our company beginning to look like a real Coast Guard unit, India-189 looks forward to Week 07. On-base liberty, free time, and calls home combined with our new skills and achievements make Week 07 seem possible. Though many still fear reversion, realizing that Week 07 will bring much more responsibility (and expectations) to the company, we are growing strong as a team. Everyone will play a role in the success of India-189 from now till graduation. We are up for the challenge.

India-189, tall with pride and eyes on the prize.

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.