India 192 Recruit Journal Week 3


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India 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 15, 2015

Graduates: February 5, 2016


Rise and shine! I want to see you all bright eyed and bushy tailed; we are ending 2015 and week 03! I was pretty stoked for today; why? I’ll tell you! It was my birthday! And so I spent it studying commands at the helm of a Coast Guard Cutter! Today was actually pretty good; our squad leaders are training to march the company, along with a few individuals who want that challenge.

Early today after our afternoon chow, we were being marched back to class by one of the squad leaders. So we are marching down the concrete walk ways, and he guided us too far right into the grass. Petty Officer Hardy told him to fix it, and in the heat of the moment, he had us moving left even further into the trees! So Petty Officer Hardy gave the marching squad leader a hard time and then she had us corrected in no time. Everyone was holding in their laughter by pretending to cough!

Later tonight, we got back to the squad bay where it was a wreck! Racks (beds) spread everywhere, toilet paper, shoes, paper, rags, all draped everywhere. Apparently, we need to clean better or that is the end result. “Happy New Years India-192” had been written on the glass.

So the company is still moving slowly and failing time objectives. We failed at moving fast, so we had to pay with sweat (and we weren’t all being loud). So Petty Officer Perez made us do some incentive training, and gave us a pep talk, to give 100% no matter what. Going back to our squad bays, everyone was saying the same thing; how that short, small talk actually motivated some of us!

At the beginning of the week, we were really starting to do a few things right, we really have sweat a lot for our mistakes and we also began to form together as a company in my opinion through this week. We began taking on more classes and more sweat sessions, but we are about to start week 04! Keep it up India! I know we will make it! I have complete devotion, along with my shipmates. At the end of the day we know we must strive for: Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty! We will do our best, between learning new skills from our Company Commanders, and cramming down the subjects between the other instructors at Cape May, we will make that left turn into boot camp.

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.