India 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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India 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 31, 2017

Graduates: December 21, 2017 (Thursday)



Week 04 meant a lot to us. It meant choosing units. It meant talking to family. It meant progress. That’s what we all want, isn’t it? We are here, at basic training, to train (I know, long shot, right?). Not all training is exactly fun, either. Remedial and incentive training are exactly what they sound like, but that isn’t why you’re here. I know that my family is more interested in the “cool” stuff.

The good thing about Cape May is that Monday doesn’t bother us as bad. Shoot, everyday is a Monday for us, so it isn’t really up for comparison. This past Monday, however, wasn’t too bad. First off, we had an enlisted careers class. This offered us all the chance to look at the enlisted ratings and ask more in depth questions regarding them. I know that it was a big help for those of us who aren’t exactly sure what we want to do in the Coast Guard. We also got to take a cyber security class (that has probably used the same software since the 80’s) as well as a class on commitment. The commitment class really hit me. It was a reminder why we’re here and why we’re doing what we are. It all comes back to being larger than ourselves. Being committed to life means not just our own, but the lives of others.

Tuesday is when the cool stuff started to trickle in. for a lot of us, it was our first time in any form of firefighting gear. I’ve got to say, it really does have some weight to it. Moving around with the mask and tank is a lot harder than it looks. With the suit on, it’s a legitimate fight to have it all not move me.

Wednesday is the day that we make our dream sheets. Being this much closer, it also means we have a lot to keep up with. Just because we’ve already submitted our requests doesn’t mean we’ll end up there. Expect the worst, hope for the best, right? I know that week 05 will be long because of waiting to get our orders, but it’ll be… it’ll be an experience I think.

And Thursday… we knew it was coming. Some think it never should have ended. Mom’s everywhere panicked when they saw their child’s name; but when parents got the info their recruits the happiness was uncontainable. We were certainly blessed. Those that fed us and welcomed us can’t be thanked enough. The Coast Guard is certainly about caring for your family. Shoot, even recruits are freed from our cage. It was some needed peace.

Friday held more simulated fires. Getting to work them really felt cool. We also had our midterm, and I think it was good having prepared. Today was nothing to different. After some incentive training, we got to move squadbays (the address is the same). Our speed has picked up, so here’s to hoping we all get as ready as possible, as fast as possible.

Looking back, week 04 was tough. We’re all tired, sore, and hoarse. The good news is we’re almost there shipmates. Wish us luck as we dive in face first, to this whole “life” deal.


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.