India 191 Recruit Journal Week 04


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India 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 12, 2015

Graduates: July 2, 2015

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”


-Mario Andretti


There is a line that exists between having everything under control and complete chaos. The best of us know how to find that line and operate on it. On that line is when we do more than we ever thought possible but just on the other side of it lays total mayhem. One wrong move and all is lost; too slow and nothing is accomplished. As the sun sets on Week 04, India Company still has not found the aforementioned line.


We struggle to meet the time objectives that our Company Commanders give to us, and we pay dearly for it. We waste their time… and they waste ours. This week, one of our punishments included getting up close and personal with the bulkhead. Petty Officer Babot, fed up with our failures, had us stand nose to the bulkhead for an eternity. It was a punishment that all of us in India Company will never forget. Pain shot through our feet and legs as time passed us by. All this time, we could have been studying, preparing our uniforms, squaring away our racks, shining our boots, and conquering the attention to detail necessary to succeed. But instead, we wasted our time. Time seemed to have ground to a halt as our brains struggled to process the nothingness that our eyes were taking in. By the end of it, we were all zombies. Barely able to walk and unable to comprehend what was going on around us.


“HE POKED THE BEARS. NOW THEY ARE COMING!” yelled Petty Officer Smith, our Lead Company Commander, as our Section Commander and a Chief Petty Officer came tearing up the ladder. The bears had been angered and were hungry for recruits. They came angrily into the squad bay and jumped on to the recruit who had poked them. The bears ordered his rack open for an inspection, which he unfortunately was not ready for. That recruit is no longer with us…


On the lighter side of things, we attended the range this week. In the simulation, we fired the standard Coast Guard pistol – a SIG P229R DAK. We learned how to clean, load, unload and fire the pistol, and learned our weapons safety rules. From our efforts at the range, we earned our first pennant as a company, as a result of many of our shipmates earning Marksman, Expert, and Sharpshooter.


Week 04 was an emotional rollercoaster. Shipmates came and went. India Company struggled to meet the requirements that Week 04 put forth. We are sore and tired from our physical fitness test, endless push-ups, squats, flutter kicks, and all other types of remedials that our Company Commanders put us through. Our hearts, minds, and bodies are exhausted as we enter Week 05 here at TRACEN Cape May. The bar will be higher now. More will be expected from India Company as we progress through basic training. There has been no slack yet. There has been no easy yet. There has been no letting our guard down. This challenge is taxing India Company had. We can only hope that as our training progresses we are able to keep up with what is expected of us and that no more of our Shipmates go away. Week 05, ready or not, here it comes.


“Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs only to do or die…”


-The Charge of the Light Brigade



SR RYAN                             SR MOODIE                             SR MILLMAN


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.