India 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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India 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 4, 2017

Graduates: May 25, 2017


Week 05 Summary


This week for India was an important, busy, and very stressful week. This is our search and rescue week. We wake up at 0530 and need to be ready to step off for chow in 09 minutes. We have all been making this time objective so I think everyone will get through the rest of this week. Obviously we got in trouble for stupid things this week. Its boot camp, but we really kick ass this week, we got louder and faster than ever.


We had our first inspection this week. This covered our uniforms and answering required knowledge questions. This also the same point in time we were told that from that moment forth, we were considered a senior company. India definitely without a doubt got the toughest loudest and most strict Company Commanders in all of Cape May. They do not play games and every week they would turn it up a notch.


Week 05 is different though for India, we have started to come together and our company commanders can see it too. We are earning privileges from them as well. An example of this is our evening routine. This allows us to get more time to situate our racks and anything we need to do to be “Inspection ready” we had a tremendous amount of events. India received their orders and India is so excited to know where they are working. We also got to see our mentor Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Cantrell and his wife Mrs. Cantrell. It seems like it was week Two yesterday when they spoke to us.


We have things going well for India but this is no time for India to let up and get comfortable. Today we went and experience the confidence course, this course seems like it would be so much fun if one was allowed “fun” in recruit training. It feels amazing for us to know our schedule and know where to go and when we have to be in class, it shows faith and trust in India. Incentive training will always be a part of boot-camp but there is some joy in knowing that it’s for the sake of working out and not punishment.


We also lost a lot of people from our company that’s what this week. We were told the beginning by Petty Officer Haro that we would lose 20 to 30% of the people in our company by week 5 and he was right. However we will keep driving on. We have been practicing manual arms everyday to prepare for marching and manual arms test which is quickly approaching. I feel like we will do well with all the practice we have been doing however, I think the most difficult thing we went through was calling home to let our family know about where our units are and our future will be.


It’s been a difficult week but we made it through. On to the next week we go, India knows that these last few weeks will be the most important and stressful but will push hard and make it to the end one day at a time


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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