India 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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India 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 9, 2016

Graduates: September 30, 2016



Week 03 Historian Summary
Seven consecutive sunsets have one again reached the boarder of the horizon. Three weeks have concluded in a falter, sigh, and gasp for momentary air as we recollect and reconsider every move we’ve made since the transit from the airport. Whether or not we earned it, 93 Seaman recruits are ending this week attached to I-193 and progressing with their training and tomorrow we get to sleep until 0600!


This tornado of a company, inconsistent and miscalculative has evidently come to stand still. Like stagnant water we pool our efforts and fail to make waves. We have begun to grasp what practical centered training should consist of, what we would, could accomplish between classes if only we could hold on to the instructions every one of us knows thoroughly at this point.


Ask any recruit the following and they will provide nugatory answer. Should you be touching your face? Is it protocol to speak with your shipmates within formation, in class, or on the quarter deck? No. Yet when prompted with the inquiry, have these exact scenarios all occurred among I-193? The only integral response is yes. They have. One cannot move forward while continuing to take active steps back.


As a company we perform well in class. Competition was and is high for first place awards in Seamanship. As we spoke with our mentors this morning, we all enthusiastically shot up our hands reciting as much information as we could collect until the last minute of the hour extra we were given with them. We can show devotion to our mission, we are capable of great fervor as we consider our end goals. Yet in the here and now, these moments from the most arduous to the most muscle tearing push, we need to be providing equal measures of dedication interest, and proven readiness.


If we only open our minds to the physical and mental preparations, and propulsion of the extent of our limits, perhaps the nights could end in triumph, the days strain would progress smoothly and we know that we have reached this point in our life with purpose. A hero’s story does not begin, end, and consist entirely on their glorious victories and reverence among those who know their story. A hero is sculpted through tribulation, adventure, intrigue, and guided by a spirit unbending to the sway of adversity. I exchange sentiments briefly among shipmates and I am met with a great deal of reconsideration. It is common to overhear the general outcry of “I just want to go home”. In these periods of lapse, it is vital to remember why you wish to return, who is waiting for you, and then fix your focus on how much they must mean to you. Even if you simply look forward to a living space or entertainment item. That is what you fight to protect. Those individuals and creatures close to your brave hero’s heart will be able to ease their worries as they look to you; shipmates.


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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