India 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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India 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 15, 2015

Graduates: February 5, 2016


Coast Guard Recruit Company India 192 Graduation Program


Week 07 Summary

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Like a kid in the candy store, kid at Christmas or a Coastie on the water, we are all so excited to make it to week 08! We had so many trials and hardships to make it this far, but we made it. As the horns have been slowly fading away from our company commanders, we have come to realize they’ve been a huge part of this company’s success. Prior to taps (10:00 p.m.) we expected Petty Officer Perez to ignite yet another flame, in Healy Hall, by that we mean we presumed we would get yelled at, or blamed for a minor discrepancy – “YUCK!” as they would claim. But what we didn’t know, was that he was prepared to break his military bearings in front of us, Also known as his statue of a figure and perfected poker face. Jaws dropped like dominos to see smiles and here laughter, from such a difficult man to please; but we earned that right to see his human side (we were all surprised to find out he wasn’t prior service, such as Marine Corp). This was just another highlight to our day of off-base liberty.

Columns of recruits, dressed from head to toe in the sharp service dress blues, filed into Frank’s Theater in Rio Grande, New Jersey. We walked in surprised to see officers of our chain of command present as we flaunted our India swagger. From the time our movie “The Finest Hours” (A Coast Guard Movie) ended, all of India split into little groups and spent the day eating junk, eating great meals, and just decompressing before our final week here at Cape May, New Jersey!

Earlier this week was still very stressful, as we hadn’t taken our final yet. Classes raged full steam ahead as every class swung into motion and the studying commenced. The finals loomed over our heads like a heavy storm, just waiting to strike us in the forehead with a bolt of lightning. During the week we had such a great experience, as we started to see the real side of our company commanders. Another huge honor that India was privileged to experience was the meeting of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Cantrell, who is the highest most enlisted member of the Coast Guard. Our company has been given spectacular opportunities, which makes me proud to be where I am now, and every recruit in India would tell you the same thing. Not only did India-192 earn their colors this week, but we earned more pride; the thing is this rodeo isn’t finished yet, the bull is still kickin’ and we are just holding on. Next week we are determined to earn our graduation, to become the real men and women of America: UNITED STATES COAST GUARD!

SR Elliott, SR Padilla


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.