India 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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India 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 9, 2016

Graduates: September 30, 2016





Beginning with the screech of whistles and ending in fatigue, folly, and, in many ways, failure, the second week has come to a bitter tasting end. As a whole, we have screamed, pushed the earth through its rotation, screamed some more, walked in fanciful new steps, and, evidently, failed to do all of those things. A week that was always intended to be painful became excruciating as the days dragged our bruising feet and tightened calves forward. Studying consisted mostly of concepts not unfamiliar to us, and material covered by general accumulations of military knowledge at the beginning of these 06 days. But when individual background information no longer sufficed, test cores felt the slack. In its entirety, this week could’ve been a months in weight, content heft and dizzying swiftness. As a company, we lost comrades to injury, and personal choice, we’ve gathered a handful of others, gained our pieces, got in the water, met time objectives, failed to meet a surplus more, and began to strip away the squishy comfortable bits of civilian life, and nurture hardened, professional, militarily manners. Whether it was on the quarter deck dripping with sweat, spittle, and condensation of all varieties belonging to you and the shipmates surrounding your moist, greasy, red faced form, or out among the lines like confused, stumbling ants, or whether splashing in the refreshing water of the pool, as a company we have done more thinking and reflecting than probably anything else. We have had time to sort through the multitude of information, shock, stimulus, and I believe it has aroused anxieties and insecurities that we seem to be addressing with our Company Commanders constantly. Cooperation continues to be a struggle. Rather than helpfully indicate proper positions, we are arguing and debating them, instead of listening to one another’s ideas and contemplating the new angles to a problem we face like time objectives we ignore our shipmates and selfishly plunge into minute after passing minute. I cannot be sure whether it is fear, arrogance, or conformity, but I have witnessed shipmates ignoring each other’s pleas for assistance, suggestions, and input, during times when coordination is dire.. I believe the lessons to collect from INDIA-193’s second week of training is to stop it, change it, listen closer, move faster, care harder, work together, and become a team.


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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