India 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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India 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 9, 2016

Graduates: September 30, 2016



Week 04 Historian Summary


As dust settles and hearts keep a steadier beat, the time begins for mental re-evaluations and re-calculations. Friday is the beginning landing on a two flight ladder well. The weekend portion can go 01 of 02 ways. In the absence of constant classes, appointments and processing, the company is confronted with un-scheduled face time. A loud, cooperative, rapid footed company could perhaps know these hours as catch-up time, cleaning and maintenance, or enhancement chances and then there are companies that are a bit more like… us. Itchy eyed and still snoozing muscle control has sabotaged our ballots on all of the 03 weekends we have spent with our Company Commanders. However, it is a day unlike any other solely for the reason that it literally has never come before and that is truth worth holding onto.


The rise and fall of “mount week 04” may be known to I-193 involved parties as the stumble and collide into sharp rocks as you fail to gain bearing down the side of “mount week 04” yet it was still, in terms, ascent to decent completion. The feeling stirred, for this approaching week, begins to feel like excitement prior to coming fall into place before our physical and mental eyeballs!! We hear whispers, look through the week progression in the helmsman, and recall the stories of recruiter’s beginnings past. Now that we have come to the halfway point we realize the true weight of what these descriptions carry. The expectations attached to the curriculum along with the content makes-up for at least the mattresses my shipmates held above their heads the other evening. Week 04 concluded as a period of questions, answers, more questions, and considerations met with poignant suspense.


Week 05 promises answers, rewards, challenges to throw off one’s balance, and inner and surrounding progression, if the aspiring apprentice can simply reach out, and with both arms fully extended, parallel to the deck, thumb along hand, feel shoulder width apart grasp it with snap, aggression, and violence, elbows tucked in, tense your abdominals, no one takes that corner stone from you, no one, except your chain of command. The trails of our latest marking point consisted of valuable and thrilling experience. To be clear, among the mundane and manual terror and muscle tears I was accompanied intriguing on fleet, practical and simulated training.


With our shipmates heel to heel with us, every individual recruit went through a fire response drill, full gear, minimum vision clarity between the fog, park and mist, and utilizing grade hoses to fight digital flames, Groups of 06 filed into darkness weighted in air tanks, lined fire resistant suits, and masks that fogged, to near blindness as the steam and sweat built under our helmets. Crouching to the hose, one of the only visible objects aside from the “fire” and the shipmate to your front, we followed it to our drill and began heaving the high pressure hose, aiming the jet stream, adjusting nozzle settings, and supporting our shipmates around us, all while crouching in an active, non-knee engaged squat. It was excellent!


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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