India 190 Recruit Journal Week 02

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India 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 26, 2014

Graduates: October 17, 2014


India – 190

Week 02 summary

Week 02 brought intensity to a whole new level for India 190. After forming week, it has become clear that our transformation from civilian to Coasties is not going to be an easy process. Our bodies our being broken down with the countless amount of incentive training sessions and remedials, our minds are exhausted from lack of sleep and classroom sessions that contain a plethora of information. Its seems as if every night this week our squadbay was covered in a inch or more of or sweat, a good analogy to put into perspective is you could probably navigate one of the Coast Guard small boats thru it.

Our Lead Company Commander YNCS Elliott stated our actions dictate their actions and that everything is done for a reason. An example of this is we don’t have the luxury to speak in normal tone to our Company Commanders everything is said with high intensity and volume…why you ask? Well when we make it to the fleet and have the misfortune of seeing a shipmate go overboard we can’t use a meek or mild voice when yelling man overboard we need to utilize the intensity that we’re learning here to ensure our shipmate is rescued.

We had a visit from the chaplain that gave us a reprieve from our struggles even though it was only 30 minutes. He talked with us about baseball, helped us calm down, told us some jokes and got some of us to smile.

The goal for us is to just keep everything in perspective, to take it one day at a time. It has been a week of struggle and intense learning as well all begin to develop the skills we need to be effective Coast Guardsman (and recruits). Though a long way to go here on the island India – 190 progresses more and more everyday as a team and a family. We look forward to week 03 (except hopefully with less sweat…..doubtful)


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.