India 191 Recruit Journal Week 06

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India 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 12, 2015

Graduates: July 2, 2015

 

“Keep Ithaca always in your mind, arriving there is what you are destined for. But do not hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts for years, so you are old by the time you reach the island, wealthy with all you have gained along the way, not expecting Ithaca to make you rich. Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey. Without her you would not have set out, she has nothing left to give you, and if you find her poor, Ithaca won’t have fooled you. Wise as you will have become, so full of experience, you will have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.”

–          R.P. Cavafy

 

India Company’s journey to what is our version of Ithaca, graduation, is far from over. We know that two weeks and many hurdles are ahead of us, but we cannot help but feel like this journey through basic training has really helped shape us into the men and women we will need to be. These last 06 weeks have felt like years, as our fatigued bodies and minds struggled through endless tests. What we have all realized is that this journey leading up to Week 07 has set us up with what we will need to be successful over the next 02 weeks. It is up to us now to take what we will from being a senior company. Wise as we have become, it is now up to us how these next 02 weeks go. The beginning of Week 06 saw an all time low for India Company. The tests we endured ripped us apart physically but more importantly, it destroyed our morale. Our Company Commanders hit us time and time again with every tool of recruit correction we have come to know and hate.

As the deck continued to plunge to new depths this week, we continually redefined rock bottom. We were mercilessly corrected for seemingly minor infractions, and often for no explained reason. We transitioned from sniper, piece incentive training, Coast Guard Manual recitation and back to the beginning. We resumed our signature sweat session by passing seabags down the galley ramp to chow. After the entire company took seabag pack watch shifts outside of the galley, we were instructed to turn our backs and lower our heads to Kilo Company, a company three weeks our junior, which only added to the disgrace and humiliation we were already feeling. Upon our return to the house (Healy Hall), we were then paraded around through each squadbay saying “No Honor, No Respect, No Devotion to Duty.” After coming in the house from an excruciatingly hard round of sniper that followed, the company came in to see all three company commanders. The only time all three are here is for special events, graduations or enormous sweat sessions. We thought we were just going to have to sweat all night. We quickly went downstairs, put our seabags on, then marched with our seabags to the track and then continued on to the beach. All sweaty, tired and confused from marching aimlessly, we alternated between marching and power walking as our Company Commanders gave conflicting commands of “Hurry up! Faster Faster!” and “You’re not running in boondockers!” We got onto the beach facing the water and all of a sudden Petty Officer Smith yelled “FACE!” and incentive training on the beach began. All soaked in sand and sweat we stood facing the ocean, when Petty Officer Smith, pointing to the ocean with the Coast Guard Helicopter flying over said “This is your new office. When you are late, people die! When you screw up, people die!” He then told us to about face and that is when we saw our colors, the embodiment of what we have been working so hard for. We ran to it, hoisted it up screaming and cheering with pride. On the way back to the regiment we were able to sing cadence for the first real time.

The next day India Company played a pivotal role in Golf-191’s ceremony as graduation support. We posted, secured locations and greeted guests. With only one significant mistake during the morning, when a shipmate improperly addressed Captain Prestidge, Training Center Cape May’s Commanding Officer, we helped send Golf out into the fleet.

Our first taste of delicious freedom greeted us Saturday morning with a 02 mile off base run in a Cape May community sponsored event near the lighthouse, while singing cadence the entire time. It was a great morale booster because we were able to let our guards down slightly so we “wouldn’t scare the civilians” who were eager to take pictures with us, encourage us and thank us for our service. Later on in the afternoon, we were granted on base liberty. A few precious hours to stuff our faces with junk food and converse with loved ones. With the exception of one shipmate who forgot his cover when transiting outside, we passed the test. We proved we could conduct ourselves professionally when let off the leash.

We met standards, meshed as a company and proved to ourselves and our Company Commanders that we have the framework for success. Now is the time to dial it in, lock on and pound out this next week. We appreciate your continued prayers and support, India- 191 signing off for Week 06.

 

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.

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