India 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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India 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 9, 2016

Graduates: September 30, 2016

 

INDIA-193

Week 06 Summary

 

Liberty, Liberty, Liberty!

As week 03 recruits the thought of liberty was so far ahead it couldn’t dare cross our minds. I-193 woke up with one thing on their hearts, liberty. We knew that it would not be given to us. Day by day we earned our freedom. On base liberty is a week 06 company tradition. Recruits earn their way to a few hours of reconnection to the outside world. Disconnecting from loved ones is one of the most challenging obstacles in recruit training. May recruits early on find themselves homesick. Many are fresh out of high school and have never left home.   Shock, anxiety, and fear come from losing the comfort and protection of loved ones. As recruits our company commanders become our parents. In the beginning we were broken down and stripped of our bad habits. Our company commanders began to rebuild us and teach us everything we needed to know. As week 07 our company commanders have become a part of who we are. They are mentors preparing us to enter the fleet. Through there love they have given us all the tools for success. They made us sweat and cry and most nights wanting to break but we wouldn’t be I-193 without it. Focus was the key to success today. Our company commanders trusted us today to carry out our business. We had very important uniform expectations. These inspections were the golden ticket out the door. Blouses pressed, threads clipped, and sleeves rolled, we were obsessed with perfection. Extra shine on our boots reflected the desire for liberty. Liberty was not guaranteed as some of our shipmates learned. As we made it to our liberty location smiles that have been in hibernation slightly emerged. Every recruit had nervous hellos and much needed I love you’s. Liberty was worth the work. Hearing the voices of loved ones has given I-193 the final push for the home stretch. We have been reminded of our value and the goal that lies ahead.

 

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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