India 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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India 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 12, 2015

Graduates: July 2, 2015



“Ain’t no grave can hold this body down.”

–          Johnny Cash


India 191 is wrapping up Week 05 today, and what a week it has been. Week 05 was search and rescue week which mostly means even less time to get ready in the morning. Week 05 brought us ramp, reversions, probation, grueling sweat sessions and the like. It also brought our orders and a move into the senior company building.

India Company ended Week 04 on a high note, even ending the night with some unofficial evening routine. However, Monday morning the “Bear,” our Section Commander, came to inspect our Operational Dress Uniforms, and it quickly escalated to disaster status when shipmates forgot to fasten their buttons, have the correct items in their pocket or even iron their uniform. Some just received RAMP, others were placed on probation. The situation further escalated when no one called “Attention on Deck” when our Section Commander entered the male squadbay. Our punishment was overseen by the “Bear” himself. He ordered grueling piece incentive training, the worst we had ever received.

Later in the week, the Bear returned, hungry again, this time bringing other bears with him. They preyed on those on probation, firing questions and ripping apart their racks and rucksacks. Some did not pass the inspection and were reverted on the spot. We lost a total of 05 recruits that day, reminding us that no matter who we are, no one is safe or guaranteed graduation with India Company.

On a lighter note, we all received our orders this week. Our work up until that point seemed to finally pay off. We are all excited for our next move in the United States Coast Guard. At the same time, we all understand the challenge that lies ahead. We will be a Senior Company soon and what is expected of us is going to change. The bar will be raised and we are going to have to get better. Our company mentors came to meet with us again this week. They talked to us about our upcoming orders and our futures in the Coast Guard.

Our feelings on the workouts and classes this week were mixed. More classes means more requested knowledge, which means more getting yelled at. Seamanship classes are always the highlight of the day for us. We get to learn hands on, as well as nautical knowledge we will be using when we get to our cutters, small boat stations and the like.

The workouts are tough but for the most part we seem to enjoy them. We had a challenging workout at the pool, some company runs with cadence involved and the all important introduction to the Confidence Course. The Confidence Course is a grueling series of obstacles that attacks every part of your body. What made it even more challenging was our being fatigued from all of our incentive training and sleep deprivation.

All things considered, Week 05 was very challenging, and India Company struggled through it. However, as Week 05 comes to an end we know the uphill battle to graduation is going to get harder. Week 06 is here and ready to bring us down even further. Hopefully India Company will rise to the challenge and become the Senior Company that we need to be.


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.