India 194 Recruit Journal Weeks 02, 03

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India 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 4, 2017

Graduates: May 25, 2017


INDIA 194 WEEK 02 BLOG, 16APR17!


Today was a long day of sweat, rain and even sickness for India Company. We’re all mostly punished due to our lack of speed and some for integrity. We still have not come together as a team. When one person messes up we all mess up. We all did. The people who are already working their butts off will keep on pushing and those who seek to lookout for only themselves will fall. We will meet, exceed or get the hell out! Those are the words of our Company Commanders. Their expectations are high, but obtainable. If you jump for the stars and land on the moon, oh well. At least we tried!

I don’t believe today was a complete fail for India. Honestly, I believe the time we spent with Master Chief Cantrell and his wife helped motivate the strong willed recruits in India. Hearing the most senior enlisted person in the coast guard say he was where we were years ago was very uplifting. Some recruits cried, but nobody said a word. However, it was very clear to see that people were trying not to break totally.

With tears running down our faces the sore recruits of India, and the words constantly pounding in our heads. Meet, exceed or get the hell out! Those words are what keep us going.

We know this is only the end of week two. We know we haven’t felt the full wrath of our company commanders and more is yet to come. Will we make it? Do we have what it takes?

How can I get faster, louder and stronger, is what constantly goes through a recruits mind. All of this while marching and trying to listen to commands. Our company commanders will not stop. We’re not complaining. We were promised constant pressure by our Lead Company Commander and the assistants have delivered just that. We will see what the next few days show us. During, this constant grinding pressure.


WEEK 3 Summary


This past week for India was better than last week. We are finally starting to come together as a company. We have become faster at time objective which means fewer beatings. This past week we had seamanship class, we learned about the five basic knots and how to tie them, basic boats knowledge and helmsman commands. We also have become more familiar with our pieces this past week. When we met our time objectives we were rewarded time to practice with our pieces. We also had a survival float class that seemed everyone really enjoyed. We all love to learn and train which is why it sucks so much to see other companies behind us that seem to be farther along than us. This week I think is finally hitting India in the face hard enough, we are finally seeing a little improvement. This company will make it we just need the right parts.


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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