India 190 Recruit Journal Week 05

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India 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 26, 2014

Graduates: October 17, 2014



Recruit training took on a sharp turn this week for the company. INDIA-190 began the transition from a forming company to a senior company. With that slide in status, the stakes get much higher. The pressure builds and the smallest mistakes that maybe would get you extra “quality” time with your Company Commanders, will now get you “reverted.” That word alone sends a cold shiver down the spine of every shipmate here. We saw it firsthand as we lost more than 10 members of our original company this week. The change of pace will work for some but those who can’t adjust will not graduate on the 17th of October.

Week 05 seemed to fly by due to all the activity. It kicked off with us picking up the rest of our clothes from the uniform distribution center and getting fitted for our dress blues. This moment truly cannot be described. There is a realization that while you knew what you were signing up for, that uniform as it is pulled tight across your shoulders makes you really see the beginning of your transformation and that you no longer just represent your last name, but also the greatest life saving service organization in the world.

We also got our first orders! The company was informed where they are reporting to after October 17th. For most it was pure excitement and for others it was, “wait…where the hell is that!” from Hawaii to Alaska, New York down to Florida our 100 strong got to hear where their Coast Guard Careers will begin. The buzz from this news extended throughout the entire week as we passed along our destinations to one another and received crash courses in our classes relaying to those orders and how we need to prepare for them. Contacting our families to let them know our whereabouts and hear their voices for the first time in over a month was a cherry on top.

All of this along with intensely painful Incentive Training Sessions, verve wracking rack inspections (pardon the fun), and oh yeah… the Confidence course! The one time in the last five weeks where we were jumping up walls, sliding down poles, maneuvering through obstacles , scaling ropes twenty feet in the air… and not getting yelled at in the process! Well… some recruits still did, what do you expect? This is still only week five. Along with 3 mile company runs through the base. Did I mention we also moved? What a week!

“You look like you got into a fight with a wrinkle monster!” Petty Officer Karpf to a recruit with a not so pressed uniform

“Are you insane? Use your head and stop wasting my friggin time.” Chief Arseneaux to a recruit who was literally wasting his time.

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.