India 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

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India 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 12, 2015

Graduates: July 2, 2015

 

 

“I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

and that has made all the difference.”

 

-Robert Frost

 

A short time ago, we all got off of a bus shaking with fear and clueless of what was in store for us. It is weird reflecting on those first days here and the people we used to be. We all made a choice to be members of the United States Coast Guard and we knew that the first step was boot camp. Weeks of being pushed both mentally and physically. Being stripped of our former identities and rebuilt into members of the US military. Through endless amounts of hard work, sweat, and dedication, we became a cohesive team ready to take on what we needed to. Our work has gotten us through Week 07 and its many challenges.

Week 07 began 30 minutes earlier with a steep bike workout. Makes were required to reach 1500 calories, and females had to reach 1350 calories by the end of an hour at level 12 with over 80rpms. After our runs the two previous days, most shipmates were sucking wind halfway through. Our workouts continued with two a days for the next few days, adding to our already tired and fatigued muscles. 09 shipmates were sent to RAMP for sandbagging on the bikes. We were scared of the consequences if we could not reach the calories the next day after we were further exhausted and sore.

 

After some anxiety and frantic ironing to ensure our tropical dress uniforms were squared away, we had an inspection with our Battalion Officer, Lieutenant Stiefel. We had been warned that she had previously sent an entire company to RAMP for failing to be prepared and squared away. Luckily she offered constructive criticism… and we all passed.

 

We were reminded by Petty Officer Babot to not get complacent. We are not done yet and still need to stay locked on. Those were great words of wisdom. But unfortunately, they fell on one pair of deaf ears when one shipmate left his rack unlocked the next day when we were out of the squadbay. He was a good recruit that we were all sad to lose to Juliet Company. However, a lack of attention to detail is not tolerated in Week 07.

 

Later in the week we were afforded the opportunity to display our mastery of what we have been learning for several weeks. Our Manual of Arms evaluation was a testament to the exceptional ability of our company to perform well “under the gun.” Chief Carire gave us his blessing and said we all performed well, with only a few gigs. We successfully achieved a 09 out of 10. For our efforts, we were awarded the Section Commander Pennant.

 

Recruits look forward to off-base liberty for all 07 weeks leading up to it. We are able to indulge in food, treats, shop, watch movies, and cruise within the boundaries of Cape May and Wildwood. Yet it is also a test to see if we are ready to handle maintaining our military bearing while out in public. Although we were all nervous about messing up, our liberty went off without a hitch. We saw several Company Commanders and permanent party members in town but no one was corrected on their behavior. It was a proud moment for India Company knowing we are prepared to be sent to the fleet.

 

The cows are coming home, and the fat lady is singing because our graduation is a fingertip’s grasp away. Our sweat lays dried on the concrete. Our hands are callused from gun metal. The soles of our boondockers are well worn. The backs of our necks are tanned and burnt. The longest interview of our lives is almost over…

 

We all took the road less traveled when we signed up for this and although it is not yet over, we can already see the benefit of having taken it. Petty Officer Babot then told us that fear shall no longer be our motivator, but confidence and humility. The younger companies are looking to us as the example. All eyes are on us. The sun now rises on India’s flag flying from the regimental flag pole, as of Friday afternoon.

 

 

SR RYAN                             SR MOODIE                             SR MILLMAN

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company India 191 Graduation Program

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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