India 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

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India 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 4, 2017

Graduates: May 25, 2017

 

For India 194 Graduation Program:  Will be posted on Wednesday http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Portals/3/Documents/TCCM/Documents/I194.pdf

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IT’S FINALLY HERE… WEEK 08. LET’S BEGIN THE RECAP FOR WEEK 07. WEEK 07, HONESTLY WENT BY VERY FAST. JUST TONIGHT WHEN WE WERE TOLD BY OUR SQUAD LEADERS TO FINSIH OUR LAST WEEK STRONG, WE REALIZED HOW CLOSE WE ARE TO GRADUATING. WE DID A LOT THIS WEEK, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH A LOT OF TESTS AND FINISHING UP CLASSES. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK WE STARTED WAKING UP AT 0500. I THINK IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. WE WOULD GO TO THE GYM AND THEN FOR A RUN AFTER. WE DID THIS JUST ABOUT EVERY MORNING. THERE WERE A FEW DAYS WE WOULD WORKOUT IN THE EVENING ALSO. WE TOOK CLASSES SUCH AS FIRST AID, LEADERSHIP, LINE HANDLING, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE. ALONG WITH SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AND CONTRACEPTION. THE FIRST AID CLASS WAS THE ONE WITH THE MOST INFORMATION AND THE MOST HANDS ON BECAUSE OF THE PRACTICAL. DURING THE LINE HANDLING CLASS WE WERE TESTED ON OUR LINE HANDLING ABILILTY TO TIE AND MOORE UP BIG VESSELS. THE COMPANY HAD SOME LAUGHS WATCHING OUR SHIPMATES THROW LINES AT EACH OTHER. ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK WAS OUR FINAL EXAM. THE ROOM WAS SO TENSE THAT WHILE THE INSTRUCTORS SPOKE ABOUT THE TEST IT SEEMED TO DRAG ON FOREVER. AS THE COMPANY TOOK THE TEST, ANXIETY AND PRESSURE BUILT UP, BUT FOR THE MOST PART EVERYONE SCORED WELL AND INDIA IS ON THE WAY TO GET MORE PENNANTS. UP NEXT IS THE CLOSE ORDER DRILL/MANUAL OF ARMS TEST. WE DID THE DREADFUL OPEN RANKS WHICH SPREADS US OUT ALLOWS THE TEST GIVER TO CHOOSE AT RANDOM SOMEONE TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS. LUCKILY THAT WASN’T THE CASE BUT REGARDLESS INDIA WOULD HAVE ANSWERED IT RIGHT. INDIA WAS REALLY CONFUSED WHETHER OR NOT WE DID WELL OR FAILED THAT QUICK. THE 18 COUNT RIPPLE PRESENTATION IS WHAT SEALED INDIAS DESTINY. NEW PERFECT SCORES, HANDS DOWN WE DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. WE PULLED A GENIE LAMP OUT AND USED THAT FIRST WISH TO PULVERIZE THE TEST. FRIDAY WAS DEFINITELY A WIN FOR INDIA. TO RECAP WE OBLITERATED NOT ONLY THE FINAL EXAM BUT ALSO THE CLOSE ORDER DRILL/MANUAL OF ARMS TEST. WE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN OUR SHIPMATES GRADUATION. TO CONTINUE THAT IMMACULATE FRIDAY WE GOT IN A NICE PUMP AND DISCUSSED GRADUATION HISTORY WEEK. WE ALSO HAD OUR DEBRIEFING WITH TWO OF OUR COMPANY COMMANDERS. WE WERE NOT SURE IF IT WAS A TRAP TO MAKE US SWEAT OR NOT. WHEN WE NOTICED NO SENSE OF DANGER WE WENT ALONG WITH IT. WE GOT TO SAY IT WAS A PRETTY LIFE CHANGING MOMENT TO SEE THE HUMAN SIDE OF THEM. WE WERE SO NERVOUS WHEN WE STARTED LAUGHING BUT WE WERE ASSURED WE CAN RELAX AND BE OPEN WITH THEM. TO BE ABLE TO FINALLY LET THEM KNOW WHATS ON OUR MIND AND HAVE NO REPROCUSTION. IT WAS A DEFINILETY A TOP 5 CAPE MAY MOMENT. TO BE ABLE TALK, LAUGH, AND GENUENLY DROP OUR MILITARY BEARING JUST A LITTLE BIT WAS AMAZING. WE KNOW THOUGH THAT ONCE HE THE COMPANY COMMANDER PUT THEIR SMOKEY BEAR HATS THAT WE WERE BACK TO BUSINESS. WE HAVE 4 MORE DAYS AND A WAKE UP CALL. WE JUST NEED TO FINSIH STRONG 100 PERCENT GOOD TO GO AND LOCKED ON.

 

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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