India 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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India 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 9, 2016

Graduates: September 30, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company India 193 Graduation Program
The End Stretch…….


Here we are. I-193 is concluding week 07. We have sweat like week 02 and marched like week 07. The journey has been long but the transformation is almost complete. We have spent weeks learning how to conduct ourselves in a military manner. The hardest part of training has been fighting human instinct. Our human instinct tells us to do things the easy way and to always play it safe. We are challenged everyday to do the things that terrify us. We have questioned our character and doubted our abilities. As training begins to conclude we have become the people we are meant to be. I wanted so much for my life and I wanted to help people. We have battled the storms Train on into week 08. Today was a big day for I-193. Today we were tested in every way. Finals, manual of arms, and sweating is what the day consisted of. It was challenging but rewarding to finally have these missions complete. We push on and look forward to graduation day.

As reveille 0500 pulled I-193 out of there racks focus and dedication hit the deck. After a grueling day yesterday which consisted of sweat, pain, and tears we had the courage to try again. Today was the Saturday before graduation meaning one thing: Off Base Liberty. It was finally time to show Cape May the almost finished project. This liberty meant more to us than an opportunity to show what we have learned. This day signified that we are finally able to show our company commanders our military bearing. Inspections of uniforms and last minute reminders of the rules, I-193 sang their way to the training center front gates. With a quick reminder to not do anything regrettable we walked proudly into Cape May. I-193 stood tall today.

Tight fist, squared corners, and yes sir and ma’am persisted on, military bearing stayed locked on. There was no better feeling than that of the community. Repeatedly people would approach us with thanks of our service. Today was full of constant reminders why we all came here. Through the pain and struggles we woke up each morning willing to train on. There is a method to our Company Commander’s madness, everything they do has a purpose. The product I -193 has become today, living proof where we are going. As training is coming to a conclusion we reflect on this journey. Now we are more focused than ever as I-193 prepares for graduation. We will remain dedicated and motivated; We are ready to finish what we started.


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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