India 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

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India 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 4, 2017

Graduates: May 25, 2017

 

Our company commanders are more than your typical perfectly disciplined butt kickers. They’re counselors, coaches, teachers and most of all leaders. The three assigned to us are complex individuals who have feared, quoted and almost accepted as a company family. They all three have distinct personalities that separate them from all other company commanders at Cape May. We have one of if not the loudest CC at Cape May. He makes you push sweat and definitely makes his presence known. Most will tire out after a while, but not PO Lora. His training methods are definitely over-the-top, but we don’t expect any less. He really tests us when it comes to shouting and military bearing. Straight to the point! We can’t tell if he does it on purpose or not, but he is hilarious and serious at the same time. I personally think he is an amazing scary company commander. All of them push us to our limits, but PO Lora has his own twisted method when it comes to disciplining us and the scary part is. He never seems to tire. He sometimes pops out of nowhere. Like appears from the shadows. Like a Ninja. I could be at Munro Hall and PO Lora could be home and still know who touched their face. When we’re at chow one shipmate got caught staring out of the window at the galley and the all seeing PO Lora saw this and made him play I spy. I spy is where we describe every little thing we see to our company commanders. As the weeks go bye he steps it up and introduced us to his recruit festivities, which included us changing shoes back-and-forth all while listening to Michael Jackson. Then we played sniper listening to Whitney Houston and those kinds of moments are memorable. Who can say they got their butts beat to, BEAT IT by Michael Jackson. One quality of the many that PO Lora has is his quotes. It makes getting our butts kicked that much more enjoyable. If there is such a thing.

 

When it’s not push forward, recruit festivities, sweat or the infamous “PO Lora SR I’m freaking crazy”. I could go all day with how he makes us push. He is willing to take bullets for the company even though he could just scream and send it to another dimension. PO Lora is a loud desk jumping bad ass and we wouldn’t trade him or sweating with his festivities for anything.

 

Petty Officer Turner is unpredictable as hell! One moment we are learning and training. The next thing we know we’re sweating. PO Lora and PO Turner punish us in different ways. PO Lora will stop when we get loud and fast. PO Turner seems to go by time. She still wants us to be fast and loud, but she doesn’t give a crap if we made it the last three times. If there’s time we can sweat. We sweat! If we made a time objective she’ll give us the same time with an extra task to make it more difficult. She isn’t unfair, but she isn’t about to help us out with anything. She’s always straight faced and level. We don’t know what to expect. We always get her butts beat. It gets frustrating. We still don’t know much about her to really write a summary. Maybe we never will that and that seems to be what she wants.

 

Our team leader is steadfast in instruction and discipline and MOTIVATING as all get out. Built like a pit bull petty Officer Haro will lock on and never let go. He can be a hard ass, but that sticklerism, is what’s needed to break down and build up a recruit. Precision is on the mind as recruits that mess up are dealt with frequently. Efficiently. And effectively. Known hobbies include kicking the dirt off tires. Sunday point Drives. Meeting and exceeding expectations. He can be tough, but he doesn’t go overboard with the punishment. The strategy is to keep perspective. Petty Officer Haro also reads us incredible stories. Not of fairytales but one of Coast Guard ventures. Past search and rescue stories and the importance of Always Ready. PO Haro maybe an aviation maintenance technician, but is an excellent helmsman for India.

Company commanders fill diverse critical roles in the training of our company. We strive for excellence, but it is our company commanders striding with us. Calling cadence as we go.

 

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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