India 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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India 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 4, 2017

Graduates: May 25, 2017

 

WEEK 06 BLOG

 

ANOTHER WEEK FOR INDIA AND BOY WAS THIS WEEK PACKED WITH HIGHLIGHTS. TO START OFF WE BEGAN THIS WEEK WITH AN INTRODUCTION TO FIREARM TRAINING. INDIA ACTUALLY GOT TO LEARN THE PARTS OF SIG SAUER P229R. AT LEAST HALF THE COMPANY WERE NOT FAMIALIAR WITH SHOOTING FIREARMS, LET ALONE HOLDING ONE IN THEIR HANDS. THERE WERE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT SHOOTING THE FIREARMS. A LOT OF EXCITEMENT, NERVOUSNESS, AND WITH PRESSURE, DUE TO THE FACT THAT A PENNANT WAS ON THE LINE. IT FORCED A LOT OF SHIPMATES THAT HAVE NEVER SHOT A GUN TO REALLY FOCUS AND LEARN SO THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE THEY ARE NOT CONTRIBUTING TO THE COMPANY. IT ALSO PUSHED SHIPMATES THAT ARE EXPERIENCED WITH FIREARMS TO HELP THOSE WHO DID NOT KNOW TO AT LEAST MAKE THE BARE MINIMUM FOR THE PENNANT.

AFTER BEING COOPED UP FOR FIVE WEEKS IT WAS OUR TIME GO TO THE PIT AND DO PUGIL STICKS. WE WERE GIVEN THE CHOICE TO SELECT OUR OPPONENTS. UNFORTUNATLEY, SOME FOUGHT FRIENDS AND SOME HAD THE LUXURY OF FACING THEIR RIVALS IN COMBAT. AS WE MARCHED ON TO RECEIVE OUR COMBAT WEAPONS, WE WERE ALSO TAUGHT THE RULES OF HOW TO USE THE PUGIL. WE MADE OUR WAY TO THE ARENA WITH HEARTS RACING AND EXCITEMENT BUILDING UP, ALONG WITH NERVOUSNESS THAT THERE IS NO GOING BACK AFTER BEATING EACH OTHER. WE WERE GEARING UP AND ODDLY ENOUGH OUR COMPANY COMMANDERS WERE JUST AS EXCITEDF AS WE WERE TO SEE THIS GO DOWN. AS WE WERE WALKING INTO A GLADITORIAL ARENA WE WERE TOLD TO BE LIKE SPARTANS AS WE FIGHT AND THEY GOT IT ALRIGHT. ONE WILL FOREVER BE KNOWN AS THE SPARTAN WARRIOR OF INDIA. ANOTHER EXCITING EVENT THAT HAPPENED IN INDIA WAS EARNING OUR COLORS. AFTER A SHIPMATE FAILED TO MAINTAIN HIS MILITARY BARING, PETTY OFFICER LORA WANTED TO TAKE US ON A TRIP DOWN A BEATEN PATH. AS WE MARCHED DOWN A DUSTY OLD ROAD AND MADE OUR WAY TO THE BEACH, PETTY OFFICER HARO AND PETTY OFFICER TURNER WERE WAITING THERE TO MAKE US PAY FOR OUR MISTAKES AND THEY DELIVERED. THAT EVENING INDIA ATE SAND. AFTER OUR SWEAT SESSION THE COMPANY WAS STRUGGLING TO GET TO THEIR FEET, THAT FEELING OF FAILURE AFTER BEING SO CLOSE TO GETTING OUR COLORS SANK IN AND WHEN WE THOUGHT OUR CHANCES HAD RUN OUT WE WERE TOLD TO ABOUT FACE AND THERE IT WAS, THE BEST LOOKING GUIDON TO EVER HIT THE BEACH. THE DAY WE STRIVED FOR HAD COME AND DEEP DOWN WE KNEW WE EARNED IT. WITH THIS MILESTONE CAME CAIDENCE, ANOTHER DREAM OF INDIA’S.WE EARNED A LOT OF THINGS THIS WEEK BECAUSE WE WORKED HARD. WE EARNED OUR ON BASE LIBERTY AS WELL. WE WERE ABLE TO BUY FOOD AND GET OUR CELL PHONES AND TALK TO OUR PARENTS. THE BEST PART WAS THAT OUR COMPANY COMMANDERS GAVE US ENOUGH LEASH TO MAKE SURE WE GOT BACK TO THE HOUSE ON OUR OWN. OUR SQUAD LEADERS WERE IN CHARGE AND IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL NIGHT FOR INDIA. IT WAS A SUCCESFUL WEEK AND WE ONLY HAVE ABOUT A WEEK LEFT. HERE 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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