India 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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India 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 15, 2015

Graduates: February 5, 2016


India – 192 Historian Log (week 02 summary)


One down, week 02 that is! Sighs of relief fill all of the squad bays (our sleeping area). As this week comes to a close and it has been emotional. We have come so far: A mob of scared civilians, to what is beginning to look like a company of American soldiers. Throughout the week we have had much knowledge crammed into our brains. We started out with basic terminology and how to set up our racks, uniforms, squad bays. Now towards the end of the week we have begun to learn our ranks, saluting, and military customs. It is an amazing thing to be sitting in class and learning so much about the Coast Guard. Our instructors, they couldn’t be any more patient with us, and we appreciate that. Just like how we respect the Company Commanders skipping out on their families so much to allow us to enjoy Christmas. Thursday, India-192 was led to the auditorium; we didn’t know what to expect. We walked into a live feed, Captain Prestidge, and a crew of military spouses. Tears ran down all of our faces as we were brought stockings, Christmas cards and hot cocoa! It was beautiful, and at the end one of our shipmates grabbed the microphone, and thanked them the only way we knew how; as Captain Prestidge said his final words, our shipmate said he wanted to thank them. The only we knew how, and he shouted. “Attention on deck”! And India-192 and our sister companies popped tall. The following night was probably the greatest! We went off base to Millville, NJ to the Elk’s Lodge, run by veterans. We stepped off that bus to a very huge welcome. I was the second one off bus number one, and wow! There was a news crew right at the bus door filming us as we were guided down a tunnel of civilians screaming Merry Christmas, and thanking us for our service. It was almost overwhelming: Food, cell phones, and many games and movies. This experience helped bond our company even tighter! We all got to know each other, and how weird we looked with hair! So know this India-192 may have made their share of mistakes; but we are like an ole’ clock just ticking along. Remember shipmates, just 06 weeks and we hug our family as Coasties. Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

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.