India 190 Recruit Journal Week 06

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India 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 26, 2014

Graduates: October 17, 2014


Week 06 Summary

Let me break down week 06 for all the family and friends of India 190… it sucked. The highlights of getting our official identification cards (which subsequently made us all look like deathly pale vampires), the training we received in our firefighting courses (working together in crushingly heavy gear while firing off a massive hose in a squat position within blazing heat), was shattered by our inability to do the simple things. Mainly, one simple thing… make time objectives. Due to the fact that we are now considered a senior company, we are afforded more freedom. The only problem is that with the freedom comes more responsibility such as getting to class and chow on time. That was something we couldn’t do to save our lives this week which is normally not that big of a deal. But, considering the fact that for at least the next four years other people’s lives will be in our hands makes it quite a concern. While we failed time objective after time objective, the punishment from our company commanders was understandable but no less frustrating. By Friday, our emotions as a cohesive unit had built like a massive swell about to crash down on the shore; a swell full of anger, disappointment, rage, confusion, selfishness, impatience and exhaustion. We were at the end of our rope. The company was snapping at itself while beating after beating rained down upon us… we are talking a torrential downpour here. The light that we held onto inside that burned with the aspirations of October 17th was fading and it started to feel like we were tumbling into a pitch black state of mind as a group.

That is where I am going to stop for two reasons. First, I think everyone is getting where I am going with this, you are smellin’ what I am cookin’. Secondly, I don’t want anyone to be concerned about the wellbeing of their sons and daughters and bombarding the company commanders phones over this. That would not turn out well for us f.y.i. You don’t have to be concerned because something happened on Friday that changed the game completely. It was big. It was monumental. It was something that will be burned into our collective memories for the rest of our lives. The type of memory that when you tell it to another person, all of your senses fire up and transport you back into that exact moment in time so that you relive it once again.

Unfortunately, I can’t divulge any details but that is also what makes this so awesome. I’m going to bring everyone who is reading this into it with us. I have a task for all of you when you pick us up after graduation. When we are driving home in your cars or traversing our beautiful country by plane, I want you to ask us how we got our “colors”. Ask us to describe it in painstaking detail because we will love to. The less that you know right now, the more impactful it will be when we recite it to you in person, trust me. This action that was bestowed upon us by our company commanders came at the perfect time and it felt like a blessing to be honest. The result of what transpired to get our colors has catapulted India 190 into action as a whole, stronger than we have ever been. That dim light is now a raging inferno. Our goal to make it to October 17th has been torn to shreds. Now, we want to march onto that Friday with the balls of our feet in our boon Dockers slamming into the pavement as one of the special companies to roar out of Cape May. Our voices are louder; our steps will be quicker, minds sharper, and backs and shoulders stronger. Now we can truly say, we are INDIA ONE NINER ZERO!!!


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.