India 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

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India 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 31, 2017

Graduates: December 21, 2017


Week 03 Summary:                                                                                             18NOV17


Another week down for the Recruits of India-195; and I’ve got to say we have a lot to learn in the next 05 weeks. Yes, moms, we are learning to make our racks (beds), Just some better than others. Starting from the top of the week, Monday went well with a survival float class. There, we donned a “Mustang”, which is essentially a set of insulated floating cover-alls. Directly afterwards came some classes, and some welcome time in the gym for a spin class. Then the Chaplain’s visit, where we learned of tops stories and current events (news, sports, etc.) Though it came with a price, afterwards our canteens were turned against us. Let me tell you, I don’t know why 03 pounds feels so heavy, but gravity finds a way.

Tuesday morning, half of us got our mugs shots taken for our Common Access Cards (Military Identification Cards). If it hadn’t set in for some of us that, “Hey, this is legit”, that should have done it. The real high point of the day was our seamanship class. In that room is where I realized, “Wow, I’ll actually get to live on a boat”. It’s a good class, and it’s packed with hands on learning. The helm simulator, and knot tying classes were engaging, and I’m personally looking forward to the fire fighting portion.

Tuesday evening though came a loud awakening. Meeting our Section Commander, Chief Petty Officer Perez, came with a lot of sweat. We pounded stairs, pushed earth, and raced the clock to reach our time objectives, all the while screaming our faces off. We were reminded that in squad bays, inside voices are a no-go. After the soreness wore off, we did all we could to keep the fire going.

Wednesday went about the same with the Common Access Cards issues in the morning with Seamanship in the afternoon.

Thursday we got plenty of time to absorb information. Our Seamanship Class ran from 0730 to 1630 (that’s 4:30pm for civilian types). That evening we began a type of adventure, living out of our sea bags. Sure, it isn’t ideal to find anything, but at least our entire life was portable. So, having this information begs the question you’ve probably been asking; “Is my baby okay?” To that I’d say, probably. Move fast, and be loud and don’t live like a mess. That’s all the advice my uncle, who is a Chief Petty Officer in the Coast Guard says. (Well, besides him telling me to eat the peanut butter and jelly during chow). I’ll say this, so as long as your loved one is doing that, then they have a chance of being home for Christmas. But if they aren’t, they get a cool red belt, meaning they earned a spot on probation. No, not all of us will make it.

One of my shipmates, a man I consider a good friend, has a two year old back home. He’s here for her. We all appreciate your support. Our backs are sore, knees stiff and voices gone, but we’re ready to take on week 04.



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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