India 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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India 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 12, 2015

Graduates: July 2, 2015





“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”

–      John F. Kennedy


All of INDIA Company signed up to serve our country. We all signed up to protect the men and women of the United States. We knew what that commitment meant, or at least we thought we did. At the end of Week 03, INDIA Company is still struggling to come together. Our company is struggling to understand what “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty” really means. Our company stressed to us over and over again that in fleet the difference between life and death can be just seconds. Take too long lacing up your boondockers, and someone dies. Take too long getting into your operational dress blue uniforms, someone dies. We get to the point of making time objectives, but we still fail to meet them time and time again.


Week 03 was filled with classes. Our days were filled with Coast Guard History where we learned of the large shoes we could only one day hope to fill. Our evenings were wide open and our company commanders eagerly assigned incentive training to punish us for all of our shortcomings during the day. This week was our first week of “Recruit Aptitude Motivation Program” also known as “RAMP”. Much of INDIA Company is now familiar with the pain and suffering that is RAMP. Our fellow shipmates that gone to RAMP do seem to come back the same. Something is different in their eyes, something is broken. They come back lifeless and dull without any words to describe the pain and suffering that RAMP forced them through. As bad as RAMP sounds many of us struggle to grasp how it can be any worse than what our company commanders put us through all day, every day.


We will never forget the names our company commanders Petty Officers’ Smith, Petty Officer Martinez, and Petty Officer Babot. They are the three tasked with beating us day in and day out without mercy.

This week in particular has been the week we will remember as Petty Officer Babot reign of terror , Petty Officer Babot saw to it that INDIA Company would suffer through 03 Week . He made us all miserable this week with his wide array of torture methods. Petty Officer Babot had us pushing the deck, passing around sea bags, and holding our pieces in “SNIPER” position until every fiber of muscle in our bodies were ready to shatter.


This week, we also saw our introduction to what can happen when we don’t keep our squad bays properly cleaned and organized. Our company commanders ripped our squad bays apart from top to bottom. It looked like a tornado had come through and in its wake had left total and complete destruction. Shredded paper ripped open sea bags, flipped desks, shoes tossed, heads destroyed, and too many other things to list graced us when we returned to our squad bays. Of course, we had a short amount of time to clean up after our company commander tornado.

The only part of our day that we had to look forward to was our Seamanship class.

During this class we learned all about boating and what we have to look forward to after we make it out of TRACEN Cape May, if we never do. While we all enjoy seamanship we all know that is, like anything we are taught here, a double-edged sword. The more we are taught, the more our company commanders expect us have committed to memory. So while we learn our five basic knots at seamanship we know that it is only a matter of time until we are standing in the galley, while the sharks swarm around us, forcing us to recite at the top of our lungs, what a bowline knot is used for.


In Week 03 INDIA Company got to attend our first graduation. We got to see those who have conquered the great Training Center Cape May and move on to bigger and better things. We all long for that day. We all long for the moment we can let our guard down and bask in the victory of getting out of this place. Unfortunately, between us and that moment lies peril the likes of which we dread. This is the end of week 03, the end of 03 week eternity that has worn away at our body and minds and has reduced us all into almost nothing.



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.