India 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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India 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 9, 2016

Graduates: September 30, 2016


A glimpse of hope today when India-193 rang a bell that rang across regiment, a glimpse into the future. India-193 has received their orders. We have waited for this moment for 05 weeks. This was the moment we would finally know where we were going. Early this week everyday was a constant reminder of the week five dive was it a myth or reality? We tried to remind ourselves know that won’t happen to India-193. With great news came more mistakes. With destinations like Alaska, Hawaii, Arkansas, Texas, and Florida came less sense of urgency and a quieter company. The week five dive! Today was a reminder that even with a glimpse of light we are so far from where we need to be all the blood, sweat, and tears has not earned us a title.

Today was devastating. Frustrations led to arguments and exhaustion led to blaming each other. I-193 went back to week three. Sweat Sweat and more sweat is what came for us. As we looked around all you could see was disappointment. We are so much better than this The Company I know walks a little taller. The company I know can scream so loud that the echo touches every inch of the regiment. I-193 will wake up tomorrow with a new dedication and motivation for week 5.

Last night we went to sleep as week 03 recruits defeated, broken down, and disappointed we went to sleep unsure of what the day would bring. We are back at square one. The new day came quickly as motivation began to rise. Heads hanging I-193 made their way to the track just in time for the morning sun. We were ready for more punishment. As we began to run chest began to lift and pride fell down upon us. Our company commander began to sing. IN early weeks of training we would stand by and admire the senior companies as they sang their hearts out. I-193 has been waiting for 05 weeks to open the mouths and voice their pride. We began to sing and for the first time there were no more individuals only India-193. We became one, we sang loud and proud.

In this moment it did not even matter that we were running. As the sun began to rise so did India-193. No longer were we week 03, the day progressed and we continued to improve. Moving fast, yelling loudly, and making time objectives, we were week 05. Today was different in so many ways for the first time we cared more about each other than our time objective. Every shipmate mattered through every mission.



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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