India 191 Recruit Journal Week 02

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India 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 12, 2015

Graduates: July 2, 2015

Off the Bus
Off the bus until now, eleven days of pain, suffering, and complete misery. Our bodies and minds have been introduced to levels of stress that many would consider insurmountable. The skies opened up on us while we got off the bus and formed up, for the first time, what would be company India-191. The storm that welcomed us to Training Center Cape May foreshadowed the storm of suffering we would be put through in the days to come.


Our first days here introduced us to the world of hurt we had gotten ourselves into. Those first days introduced us to just how fierce of an environment Company Commanders can create. Our company, not yet formed, was being yelled at from every direction as we struggled with even the simplest of tasks. Every day things like simply talking to someone seemed impossible. And with Indoctrination Weekend on its way, the worst was yet to come.


Moving forward, battered and beaten, Indoctrination Weekend was upon us and we met the Company Commanders that would be causing us pain and suffering in the weeks to come; the three Company Commanders that would see to it that boot camp would be the hardest thing we will ever have to do.


Before we could even gather our thoughts and get settled into our new squad bays, we were introduced to just how fierce our Company Commanders can be. Almost immediately we were struggling and sweating our way through incentive training sessions and running our way through “fire fire fire!” drills.


Every morning at 0530, we are woken up by a whistle and the dreaded “Fire fire fire” which is immediately followed by pain and suffering in the form of the aforementioned incentive training. While most people still lay quietly in their bed, India-191is pushing the deck and feeling the pain that is incentive training. Many of us are already awake in our racks, lying still dreading the sound of that whistle and the start of another day here. Another day of sweat, pain, and misery. Another day that rips us apart more and more both inside and out.


Our times spent in the galley are the most bittersweet parts of our days here at the Training Center. Session after session of sweat and suffering, we look forward to sitting down and eating. However, in the galley is where the sharks swarm waiting to tear recruits apart. If a Company Commander gets you in the galley then you can rest assured that they are about to ruin your day.


Fast forward to today, through countless tears, piles of sweat, and screams of pain out of the mouths of recruits, and we arrive at what has felt like the longest day at boot camp. Essentially, it was just one long sweat-and-suffer session from beginning to end. Amongst other things, we had to pack up and carry around our sea bags today. These bags packed with every bit of our belonging are so heavy that we have to help our fellow recruits put them on. We had to pass around our sea bags and march everywhere with them while they pulled and tugged at our backs and legs.


All of India-191 hit their racks tonight both physically and mentally exhausted. Our time here has been hard. Some of us have already fallen out and been sent back in training or sent home. As a company, we are still struggling to come together and we will continue to pay for our lack of cohesion through pain and suffering. There will be more days like today to come and many, many more incentive training sessions as well. Our bodies and minds are struggling to keep up with all the stress and suffering here at Training Center Cape May. One thing is for sure now: Boot camp is an absolute nightmare that feels like it is never going to end.



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.